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Janez Janša and Beyond

In the summer of 2007 three artists from Slovenia legally changed their names to “Janez Janša,” the name of the right-wing Prime Minister at that time. Since then, the artists have presented their works as performances, exhibitions and a film documentary, and have continued with their investigation of “What’s in a name?”
Starting from this famous Shakespearian question, four eminent European philosophers – Austrian Robert Pfaller and Slovenians Mladen Dolar, Jela Krečič and Slavoj Žižek – confront the implications of the Janšas’ name change and its consequences in four essays. Ten years of artistic and real life activity, here illustrated by a photographic insert, presents an opportunity for them to discuss the symbolic power of the name, the ways it affects the subject and subjectivity, and how playing with names can lead to a radical critique of our late capitalist civilization.

Lanugage: English





Janez Janša and Beyond

Edited by: Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša
Texts: Mladen Dolar, Jela Krečič, Robert Pfaller, Slavoj Žižek

Proofreading: Philip Jan Nagel
Design and layout: Luka Umek

Photo credits: Dejan Habicht (pp. 62–63, 79), Gaja Repe (p. 65), Janez Janša (pp. 71–73), Manuel Vason (p. 74), Peter Rauch (p. 76), Rodrigo Digeon (p. 77), Tomo Jeseničnik (p. 78), Andrej Peunik (pp. 80–83).

Publisher: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana | www.aksioma.org
Ljubljana 2018
Published on the occasion of Janez Janša® | www.janezjansa.si/works/janezjansa-r
An exhibition by: Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša
Curated by: Domenico Quaranta
+MSUM – Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana
18 October 2017–18 February 2018

In the framework of State Machines | www.statemachines.eu

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Supported by: the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana

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