Sašo Sedlaček

Solo Exhibition

Aksioma | Project Space
Komenskega 18, Ljubljana

18 June – 4 July 2014

Exhibition opening: WED, 18 June 2014 at 8 pm


Dolce far niente (The Sweetness of Doing Nothing) Chocolates are a special gift with a taste of modernity, a treat, with which all of us, who enjoy the comfort of the post-industrial society, can sweeten the day with the aftertaste of unemployment and poverty, lurking around the corner. Because of Europe's economic blood count, Dolce far niente Chocolates make ideal protocol gifts.

The consequences of the economic crisis are shaking up the illusion of the wealthy West and changing the iconography of everyday European life – something which, until recently, we in the Western world have taken for granted. The images of poverty, despair, protests, people under pressure … are scenes that are not at all new. What is new is both their frequency and their proximity.

Dolce far niente Chocolates are edible sculptures, hand-made in small batches, intended for eating at one's own discretion. They are confectionary-sculptural products that are perfect for personal gift giving, events and protocol gifts.

The manufacturing process utilises state-of-the-art technology – 3D modelling and 3D printing – and symbolically shows the potential pitfalls of technological development that, while promoting many positive innovations, within the new regime of economic commodity exchange, merely hides the danger of unemployment for an entire class of people.



Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2014

Artistic Director: Janez Janša
Producer: Marcela Okretič
Executive Producer: Sonja Grdina
Public Relations: Mojca Zupanič
Technician: Valter Udovičić
Adriana Aleksić

Special thanks: Aleksandra Čano Muharemović, Saša Čano, Saša Eržen, Lada Cerar, Janez Janša

The programme of Aksioma Institute is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana.

Sponsor: Datacenter d.o.o.

Aksioma | Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana


Proposal for protocol gifts from the Republic of Slovenia

Sašo Sedlaček

Sašo Sedlaček (1974) is a Ljubljana-based artist whose primary interest seems to be things that people overlook and the ways in which they can be made useful once again. His work is generally defined by theories of disposal and the use and reuse of cheap technologies and waste materials. His practical and humorous works result from a subversive recycling of scientific, legal, or technological facts and employing DIY (do-it-yourself) and collaborative methods. Sedlaček has participated in numerous solo and group shows, including at the Secession in Vienna, the Sixth Taipei Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, the October Saloon in Belgrade, Ars Electronica in Linz, Transmediale 2014 in Berlin and the Museumsquartir (MUMOK, Freiraum) in Vienna. Among the several awards he has received for his work are the OHO Group Award (Slovenian winner of YVAA award in 2006), the SPAPORT award from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Banja Luka (2008), a Special Mention from the VIDA 11.0 awards in Madrid (2009) and Trend Award- Slovenian award for visual creativity (2013). He has been an artist-in-residence at the ISCP in New York, IAMAS in Japan, artist residency in London and Berlin given by Slovenian Ministry of Culture, The Israeli Center For Digital Art in Holon.