by Domenico Quaranta

  The book will be presented on January 10, 2014 at 6 pm at the MSUM / Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova in Ljubljana  
  In the summer 2007 three artists from Slovenia legally changed their names to “Janez Janša”. This life event introduced a break into their artistic practice, which evolved into one of the most radical explorations of life in the age of biopolitics. Featuring a text by Domenico Quaranta, this book documents and discusses their recent work, a continuum that is sometimes produced by companies and institutions as a reaction to their life, sometimes by isolating and documenting specific moments in their life. ID cards, passports and bank cards become the means of a research that undermines the very concepts of “art” and “artwork”, and that challenges both the economic and legal systems in their attempt to regulate our existence in the world, and the art system in its attempt to determine and protect the value of an art piece, while actively seeking for the complicity of both in order to exist.
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Publisher: Link Editions, Brescia 2013
Co-publisher: Aksioma ‒ Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

Translations and proofreading: Anna Rosemary Carruthers
Design: Luka Umek

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ISBN 978-1-291-66546-8

The book was published in the occasion of the exhibitions Auction (curated by Domenico Quaranta, Aksioma Project Space) and Stopover 1:1 (curated by Zdenka Badovinac, MSUM in co-production with Maska Institute), Ljubljana, 2013

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