The performance Stencilling – the memory of tomorrow will be on 16 August at 11.00 pm in Križevniška Church.
In the second half of August 2022, the former Church of the Teutonic Knights in Ljubljana will be the venue for an immersive transmedia installation, Oracle, and the performance Stencilling – the memory of tomorrow, by Eva Petrič. Both the performance and immersive installation reflect the artist’s perception of the present and future of the world and humanity. Are we approaching the point of an “emotional singularity”, after which nothing will be the same again?
As Eva Petrič says, “The world – our planet and our home, our life – is in upheaval: it is changing rapidly and disappearing faster and faster in its current state. Not only is the climate changing, but people are also changing. The forces that dominate our lives are turning us into machines. We are becoming robots, responsive to programs that are no longer designed by nature alone. What kind of program are we going to design? What kind of light will we choose? Will we choose it ourselves?”
“Perhaps there’s still time to be the active co-creators of the programs by which we’ll soon be defined – so we define them, and they don’t define us…”.
Eva Petrič, a transmedia artist working in Vienna, New York and Ljubljana, first presented herself creatively using photography to explore the language of shadows and our existence on an ephemeral level, with an example being her permanent installation Rubik’s Cube of Recycled Shadows in Ljubljana. Her motivation to create spaces on different levels, defined by atmosphere, leads her to use a transmedia approach in her art. The result is more than 30 large space-specific installations based on assemblages of found and recycled lace intertwined with video, sound, performance, and movement, exhibited in various, mostly public spaces around the world, from Berlin and Vienna to Buenos Aires and New York, from museums to cathedrals, from underground caves to low orbit around Earth. In 2016 she became the first artist from Slovenia to have two large installations presented at the famous Cathedral of St. Stefan in Vienna, was also involved in the largest annual art project taking place in the public spaces of New York, “Sing for Hope”. In 2018, her installation One World – A World for All in the lobby of the UN General Assembly in New York drew attention to the state of the environment, and her work Collective Heart in 2019 was the central work in the exhibition titled Value of Sanctuary held at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York, by volume the third largest cathedral in the world. Two of Petrič’s artworks are currently on board the International Space Station as part of the testing of the Moon Gallery collection of ideas “worth sending into space”.
Petrič’s art has been shown in 70 solo and over 115 group exhibitions in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Africa.
For the transmedia project Eden, Transplanted, she received the Best Art Performance Award at the United Solo Festival in New York in 2017, and in 2019 this project was highlighted with the Best of Ten Years award on the tenth anniversary of this festival. In 2017, she received the Grand Prix of the 6th International Festival of Fine Arts in Kranj and the Red-Carpet Tribute Award 2017 in Vienna. In 2016, she received a silver medal for photography from the SNBA in Paris, the recognition of the 5th International Festival of Fine Arts in Kranj, and was among the five winners of Salzburg’s Kunst-Litfasssaule. In 2015, Eva Petrič was chosen as the artist of EGU 2015. In 2012, she received the K3 Film Festival Award in Ljubljana, Villach and Udine. In 2011 she received the Pfann Ohmann Award in Vienna, and in 2010 she won a scholarship from the Swiss Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation.
In 2005 Petrič received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and visual arts from Webster University in Vienna, and in 2010 a master’s degree in new media from the Transart Institute New York / Berlin / Danube University Krems. She is represented by the Mourlot Gallery New York.