Nataša Ribič: Dreams for sale

“Intertwining within dream settings of Nataša Ribič, depicted on her painting objects, an ancient bed and pillows, there are expectations, both feasible and unfeasible, real and unreal, sweet and repulsive, all of them integrating the real and the imaginary, the rational and the irrational, promised pleasures and fears... The sights evoking unease or shudder encounter the trivial, the bizarre, the grotesque; mystique socialises with spells, nightmares are being eased by enlightenments or at least hints providing redemption, be it only cocoons of meaning or contents already clearly defined, the symbols being both general and personal, exposing the private and social environment, individual and collective perceptions, the homey closeness and mysterious remoteness...

Dreams are supposed to be an expression of our repressed wishes (Freud) or a spontaneous, symbolic self-representation of the subconscious (Jung), they are somehow supposed to be the dark side of our consciousness, a valve for suppressed impulses... But what does it mean that dreams are for sale, which is also hinted at by the tags fastened to pillows? It might only mean that we live in times when nothing is untouchable, nothing is excluded, when everything has merely become goods that are more or less interesting, more or less valuable.”
(Vladimir P. Štefanec)

Nataša Ribič, born in 1963 in Ljubljana, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana, the class of Prof Bernik, in 1988. In 1991 she completed her postgraduate studies of painting in the class of Prof Gustav Gnamuš. In years 1991–93 she attended postgraduate studies of graphic art in the class of Branko Suhy. Her works have been presented at more than twenty solo exhibitions and more than thirty group exhibitions, both at home and abroad. They are also part of several domestic and foreign fine art collections, including the collection of the Viennese Albertina. She lives and works in Ljubljana.

14 January 2011 – 25 January 2011
Opening  14 January 2011 at 8 pm
Kibela / KIBLA Maribor

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MMC KIBLA wishes to thank the following for their support: EU-EACEA, Culture Programme, Brussels, Slovenian Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Maribor and Office of Youth. KiBela programme is part of the European X-OP project.

Photos (author Boštjan Lah)



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