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Nina Slejko
(Slovenia)

Born in 1982 in Postojna, Slovenia
Lives in Sweden
www.ninaslejko.com

So Happy Together. (with Conny Blom) 2009–2012. Digital print. Courtesy of the artists

Dating back to antiquity and beyond, the defacing of the enemy’s imagery is a universal practice. By chopping off the noses of the statues of your enemy’s gods you take away their power. In black magic practices an image of an enemy can be created to gain power over the person. And even in this secularized world the image still seems to possess magical qualities; one does not want to let somebody else get control over the image of one’s face. But, surprisingly, none of the people who posted pictures taken on the “most beautiful days of their lives” found it dreadful if they brutally mutilated their faces themselves.

Nina Slejko & Conny Blom

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.