Čisto umazano / Pretty Dirty

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Lada Cerar and Sašo Sedlaček: Toiletes/Made in India, embroideries, video, 5:26 min, 2004

Lada Cerar was born in 1974 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 1992 she finished the Secondary School for Pedagogy
in Ljubljana. In 2002 graduated in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana.

Individual exhibitions:
2001 Contemporary visual art scene of Slovenia, SKC, Beograd, Yugoslavia
2003 Art as therapy, P74, Ljubljana
2004 First Impression, (public projection) Nottingham (together with Metka Zupanič and Vesna Bukovec)
2004 Intimate Images, Nova gallery, Zagreb (together with Metka Zupanič and Vesna Bukovec)
2004 Personal*, Likovni salon, Celje (together with Metka Zupanič and Vesna Bukovec)

Group exhibitions:
2000 Real Presence, First European and Yugoslav meeting of Academies of fine arts students
2003 11. Biennial of the Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean, Athens
2004 Parallel, Empire gallery, Nottingham
2004 October Salon, Belgrade

Sašo Sedlaček
Born 16.6.1974 in Ljubljana, Slovenia
-1993 finished the Secondary School for Photography and Design in Ljubljana
-1996-2000 studied Sculpture at Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana
Solo exhibitions:
2005 "Sky under Construction", Berlin, (Germany)
2005 "Copy China!", Likovni salon Celje, Celje (Slovenia)
2004 "Loop", Kapelica gallery , Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2003 "Just do it!" Kapelica gallery, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2001 "Biotope Condition", Kapelica gallery, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Selected group exhibitions:
2004 Exordium, Udine (Italia)
2004 Device art, Zagreb, (Croatia)
2004 Continental Breakfast, 45. October salon, Belgrade (Serbia and Monte Negro)
2004 Loop Pavilion ,Un desigh di carta, Feltre (Italia)
2004 Think Twice, Riciclo tra Arte, Design, Architettura, San Dona di Piave (Italia)
2003 Friendly fire, Forum Stadtpark, Graz (Austria)
2002 Shock society, Finžgar Gallery, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2002 Second painting, galerija Miklova hiša, Ribnica (Slovenia)
2002 Reboot, Kiber pipa, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2002 8. International computer festival, Maribor (Slovenia)
2001 10. Biennial of the young artists of Europe and Mediterranean, Sarajevo (BIH)
2001 7. International computer festival, Maribor (Slovenia)
2001 26.International Saloon of Youth, Zagreb (Croatia)

Contact information:
E-mail: saso.sedlacek@email.si

The question is which social and cultural norms define our understanding of cleanliness. The juxtaposed embroideries Toilets / Made in India by Lada Cerar and Sašo Sedlaček indicate that the hygienic norms are closely related to their cultural environment, they represent five national characters based on different types of toilets and ways of doing away with shit. It is more than obvious that the cosmetic industry and its unrelenting economic interests are the main directors of this never ending soap-opera, talking about the processes of cleansing of the body and the living space. An important element of marketing strategy for chemical products is based on the integration of ever changing and improved i.e. "scientific research". The "improvements" offer a constant communication with consumers, in which they take the position of tutors, exterminating the human ignorance. They need to convince the consumer that his/hers, physical nature is extremely defficient and condemned to stench and deterioration, due to its processes of excretion and aging.