Janja Kosi: Lepidopterarium

Janja Kosi: Lepidopterarium
16 September–15 October 2022

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition Lepidopterarium by artist Janja Kosi, which will take place on Friday, 16 September 2022, at 6 p.m. at the artKIT gallery.


In her new works, Janja Kosi focuses on the multilayered experience of a particular place. With her solo exhibition Lepidopterarium, she transforms the urban environment into a spatial image. While walking through urban spaces, she seeks new perspectives, observes changes, and creates photographic images of architecture, which she takes out of context in order to weave them into the web of her inner urban image. In this way, she perceives them as an aesthetic objects that can become part of a new structure. The collection of architectural fragments, which the artist exhibits in new compositions, is reminiscent of the process of collecting butterflies and displaying them in so-called butterfly houses, as the title of the exhibition suggests.

Janja Kosi
(1994, Maribor) studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, where she graduated in 2016 and received her MA in 2020. She spent part of her studies as an exchange student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. She is currently living and working at the MGLC Švicarija in Ljubljana as part of a two-year residency for young artists. She works in the fields of visual arts, painting and illustration. She has participated in solo exhibitions Serving Suggestion (R Space, Ljubljana 2021), Significantly Local (ETC Magazin, Podhod Ajdovščina, Ljubljana 2022), Serving Suggestion (Dobra Vaga, Ljubljana 2021), darling the roof is leaking (DLUL Gallery, Ljubljana 2019) and many group exhibitions, including the Art Stays festival (Fo.Vi Gallery, Kidričevo 2021), EKO8 Triennial (UGM-MTT, Maribor 2021), the exhibition Provisional. For the Foreseeable Future. (Fotopub, Ljubljana 2020), Prelaunch EKO8 (UGM-MTT, Maribor 2020), 4WD; Polycentricity of Painting Issues in the Works of Four Women Artists (Moderna Gallery, Zagreb 2020), Another Time and Place (Improper Walls, Vienna 2019). In 2020, she received the ALUO Award for her MA thesis entitled Everyday Life of Heterotopic Space / X°Y’Z’’ N - A°B’C’’ E. Her practice is characterized by spatial installations and the intertwining of different media, where her painting note can still be felt. She is primarily interested in the subjective perception of space and its connection to the notion of place.

Admission is free.

artKIT, Glavni trg 14, Maribor
Opening hours: Tuesday–Friday: 3 p.m.–7 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Photo: Janez Klenovšek

Photo: Janez Klenovšek



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