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 photographsI 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 thesephotos 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.”
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 de!ned by the most signi!cant events in Slovenian politics, all of which are depicted through the beautiful and cherished piece of Slovenian heritage; The Lippizaner Stallion.
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” Lipizzanerer 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.