SLOVENIA IN US – Lipizzaner horses by Alenka SLAVINEC
Dedicated to 20 years of Slovenian independence
“To spend days, hours, even moments with the Lipizzaner stallions is a privilege and an honor which I will cherish all my life. They filled me with joy and confidence and when I created these photographs. I felt a rush of belonging, pride and patriotism for my country. All of this with the good fortune of having a setting that was far more peaceful than the days we demanded our sovereignty. In these photos I strove to illustrate my life’s experience of love towards creation, photography, animals and nature.
This project has demanded all of my expertise in communicology, international promotion, marketing and artistic production. I would really like to thank all of you who believed in me and supported me on this journey.”
20 PHOTOS – 20 YEARS OF SLOVENIAN INDEPENDENCE
The author introduces the history of Slovenia from 1991 to 2010 with 20 selected photographs. Alenka sums up the key milestones of a young country; the secession from Yugoslavia, accession to the UN, joining the EU and NATO, a Presidency of the EU, and the adoption of Euro amongst other achievements. Twenty photographs illustrate 20 years of Slovenian independence and each year is defined by the most significant events in Slovenian politics, all of which are depicted through the beautiful and cherished piece of Slovenian heritage; The Lippizaner Stallion.
A World known Photographic Exhibition presenting Lipizzaner horses, originally from Slovenia, and the symbol of freedom of Slovenian life heritage. Through 20 photos of the Lipizzaner’s, Alenka presents in poetic images the drama of 20 years of Slovenian independence. The exhibition was dedicated to the 20th Year of Slovenian Independence and premiered on the Slovenian Cultural Day, February 8th 2011 in Washington D.C. 2011 where it was seen by Prime Minister Borut Pahor, President of Republic Slovenia.
2018 – Hokaido
2017 – NLB Gallery, January 13-31, 2017
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the international recognition of the Republic of Slovenia. Embassy of the republic of Slovenia in Skopje, Macedonia.
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7. 2. 2011 Slovenian Embassy gallery, opened by Prime Minister of Slovenia Borut Pahor, on Slovenian National Cultural day, Washington D.C.
2011 MC GALLERY, New York City
2011 TEMPEL STUD FARM, Chicago
2015 Bretton Woods, NEW HAMPTURE Bretton Woods IV. Convocation and Omni Mount Washington Hotel Resort outdoors, 2015
2011 Festival Ljubljana, Križanke, Ljubljana
2012 Ekonomska Fakulteta, Galerija, Ljubljana
2011 Krakovski nasip, outdoor expo, Ljubljana
2012 Slovenian National Assembly, Ljubljana
2013 Kemofarmacija, company permanent exhibition
2011 Galerija Tenzor, Ptuj – KRITIKA
2011 State Stud Farm – Kamnita vila, Lipica
2012 Villa Veneziana, Festival Mediteranskega Evropskega Filma, Piran
2012 EPK 2012, Vodni Stolp, Maribor
2014 Ptujska klet, Ptuj
2012 Verdi house, Milano
2014 Vittoriano Museum Gallery, ROMA VERSO EXPO 2015, Rome
2015 Villa Maraviglia, state independance day RS, Rome
2015 EXPO MILANO, Milano
2012 Ozone Gallery Belgrade
2013 Slovenian business club in Serbia, Aero club
2012 Godolo, Lazars park
2012 Budapest, STO
2013 Mahmoud Mokhtar Cultural Center, 10.6.-25.6., Cairo
2013-2016 Embassy of Slovenia, Cairo
2014 Kuwait City, Museum of modern art
2014 Kuwait City, Prestige
2015 / 2016 Shenzen
2016 Gu Zhanx
2016, December Sanya Hainan China, permanent New Silk Road collection
The creator of this project, Alenka SLAVINEC, constantly expresses love for nature, country and cultural heritage through her work. Ms. SLAVINEC prepared this project with a strong artistic, native and political value within the international environment. For this project, she has chosen the Lipizzanerer horses captured in their natural environment of Lipica.
Photography exhibition “SLOVENIA IN US” Lipizzaner horses by Alenka SLAVINEC was firstly introduced on February 8th 2011 in Washington D.C., on Slovenian national cultural day. The prime minister Borut Pahor opened the exhibition. Ms. SLAVINEC designed the project in the most artistically comprehensive way by incorporating political as well as cultural aspects of Slovenia. The exhibition is a visual poetry while at the same time illustrating a memorandum of 20 years, since Slovenia gained its sovereignty.
The Lipizzaner horses kindly accepted Alenka as they showed her their more untamed nature while they embraced their freedom on the plateaus of Lipica. She created mysterious, illusory and highly artistic photographs of Lipizzaner horse. The stallion is presented by itself with its independence and as a herd with its connectivity.
Alenka observes and feels in the Lipizzaner stallion everything she experienced when Slovenia gained its independence. At the same time she personalizes the horse and transcends her journey through life as a Slovenian citizen, growing up in Ptuj and moving to New York, Australia and other places around the world.
The mission of this project is to present Slovenia in the United States of America and abroad. It aims at bringing Slovenes all over the world closer, emphasizing their national pride and se$ing a milestone for their identity.
The author’s aim is to encourage young people to be proud of their country and consider the idea of freedom and its value. She devoted the selected photos to key moments of Slovenia’s independence to emphasize the sense of fear and insecurity while Slovenians struggled for independence, and the joy that followed when Slovenia gained full sovereignty. With that she wants to send a message to younger generations to be proud of their small but tough nation and to support their fellow countrymen.
The author is a respected representative of Wayward Pen Foundation in New York which strives to use art and culture as recognition of Slovenia in the world.
SLOVENIA IN US is an outstanding artistic achievement to Kobilarna Lipica and the Republic of Slovenia in a diplomatic, artistic and international environment.
A World known Photographic Exhibition presenting Lipizzaner horses, originally from Slovenia, and the symbol of freedom of Slovenian life heritage. Through 20 photos of the Lipizzaner’s, Alenka presents in poetic images the drama of 20 years of Slovenian independence.
The exhibition was dedicated to the 20th Year of Slovenian Independence and premiered on the Slovenian Cultural Day, February 8th 2011 in Washington D.C. 2011 where it was seen by Prime Minister Borut Pahor, President of Republic Slovenia.
There were more then 30 Exhibitions till now traveling around the world touring USA New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago Tempel Stud Farm, Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert musician Neil Young – San Francisco – 2 photos sold for charity 2011, SLOVENIA: more then 6 places including Slovenian Parliament and European City of Culture 2012 Maribor, Ljubljana Festival, Ptuj Tenzor Gallery, Piran, Ljubljana Economy faculty Gallery, HUNGARY Budapest, Godollo at Lazar Lovaspark, SERBIA Belgrade Ozone Gallery, Aero club, ITALY Milano, EGYPT Cairo at Mahmoud Mokhtar Cultural Center, CHINA, Shanghai FDI club, Kuwait Modern Art Museum, Tanagra, Prestige in The Avenues and the last two were in Rome for ROME VERSO EXPO 2015 in Victorian Museum and for Slovenian National Day 2015 at Rome villa Maraviglia.
British Queen Elizabeth II has a photo from the collection titled Loyalty on which Is her horse Lipizzaner 085, Favory Canissa XXII. Kemofarmacija – company both as permanent art collection 2013. Slovenia state stud farm Lipica did art calendar 2012 from SLOVENIA IN US.