Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša
Troika, 2013
Installation

In 2007, three artists joined the conservative Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS). The welcome letter they got from the party’s leader and Prime Minister of Slovenia, Janez Janša, ended with the slogan “The more of us there are, the faster we will reach our goal!” Immediately thereafter, each one of the three artists officially changed their names to Janez Janša. With this gesture they question the relation between name and identity in wider social, political and cultural context.

The work Troika deals with 3 pillars of contemporary biopolitics: politics, law and economy.

The artists display a set of official documents indicating their political orientation, legal state and economical way of operating: 3 SDS membership cards, 3 ID cards and 3 Mastercards with the reproduction of their earlier action Mount Triglav on Mount Triglav (the highest mountain in Slovenia and preeminent symbol of the Slovene nation, a stylized depiction of which is the central element of the Slovenian coat of arms, and is in turn featured on the flag of Slovenia.). These documents are displayed in opposition to  a video showing the letter the 3 artists wrote to the politician Janez Janša soon after changing their names.