Date/Time: 07/05/2009 12:00 am
Janez Jansa, Janez Jansa, Janez Jansa – NAME Readymade
Thursday, May 7, 2009
For more information see: http://location1.org/janez-jansa-name-readymade
Can you imagine a few years ago 3 established American artists joining the Republican Party and then legally changing their names to George W. Bush? And then bringing the name of the US President to museums, exhibiting next to Robert Gober or Barbara Kruger, festivals, showing work next to Meg Stuart and Nature Theater of Oklahoma, galleries, presenting video alongside Bruce Nauman?
Location One is pleased to host NAME Readymade, a presentation of the “Name changing” gesture perpetrated by three Slovenian artists who, in 2007 officially changed their names to the Slovenia’s economic-liberal, conservative prime minister at the time, Janez Jansa.
“When the three artists changed their names to Janez Jansa, they in fact adopted a critical stand to the state. To the Slovene government, in which until recently all posts seemed occupied as it were by a single person – Janez Jansa. […] Through the multiplication of Janez Jansa’s name, the function of the prime minister has assumed, within this specific artistic action, a similar position as the Campbell soup cans in Andy Warhol’s works.” (Zdenka Badovinac, Name Readymade, October 2008)
All Janez Jansas’ works, their private and public affairs, in a word their whole life has been conducted under this name ever since.
Janez Jansa at Location One will take you through a series of artistic, political, administrative and media actions performed by himself together with Janez Jansa and Janez Jansa with a particular focus on their latest personal exhibition entitled NAME Readymade.
26 Greene Street (between Grand and Canal St)
New York NY 10013 – tel. 212.334.3347
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