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Primož Seliškar: Bather, installation, 2005

Primož Seliškar

Born in 1973 in Ljubljana, where he lives at the moment. In 2000 graduated at the Academy of fine arts, in the class of professor Matjaž Počivavšek. I'm finishing the MA at the moment with the same institutions.


1996 individual exhibition in MKC Velenje
1997 exhibition with Borut Korošec, Pekarna Maribor
group exhibition in Arburetumu Volčji potok
1998 group exhibitions in Villa Katarina
1999 individual exhibition in Gallery 19, Dolsko
individual exhibition in Arburetumu Volčji potok
individual exhibition in ŠOU Kapelica Gallery
2000 festival of young artists Konugunda, Velenje
2001 individual exhibition in ŠOU Kapelica Gallery
2002 exhibition Gold with Borut Korošec, Slovenska Bistrica
individual exhibition in Krizić Roban Gallery, Zagreb
group exhibition Start, Mestna galerija
installation in Metelkova, festival of Ana Desetnica
exhibition with Borut Korošec, Likovni salon Celje
2003 exhibition START, Karas Gallery, Zagreb
individual exhibition in Bežigrajska Gallery
group exhibition The present moment in Sloven contemporary art, Center for contemporary art of Montenegro, Podgorica
individual exhibition Obalne galerije Piran
2004 Ambienta Drevo, multimedijski center, Ljubljana

It is hard to deal with the knowledge of ephemerality of the human being and his work. The installation by Primož Seliškar points to this reality. Reflecting the principles of human existence, this artistic work also contains the end, programmed already in the beginning. The naive title (Bather) reminds of happy and relaxed moments in life. The grotesque interpretation of the bather, in spite of the humorous approach, speaks of the human ephemerality. This is something that gives the work mystical, i.e. religious connotations. In a way, the artist identifies himself with the Creator, which is further emphasized by the choice of a hermaphrodite, gods' creation, according to Greek mythology. This conceptual direction is closely followed by the use of symbols. Water is an ancient symbol of purity and cleanliness, both physical and moral; in contemporary society soap is an even stronger symbol of cleanliness. In an interesting twist, with critical sharpness, Seliškar transforms water, the symbol of life, into the cause of death.