at KÜHLHAUS BERLIN 2021 – 2022
Kühlhaus is proud to announce a new and exciting collaboration: a long-term residency with the artist, JAŠA.
For more than two years, JAŠA has been developing a concept that is set to launch. In tune with his practice and approach, using spaces and time to create memorable, resonant durational performances accompanied by a visual, immersive narrative, JAŠA is kicking off his newest artwork.
The Monuments is a series of 17 individual events, each one a chapter in the whole work. These 17 events will take place over the course of his year as an artist in residence at Kühlhaus in Berlin. “It feels that everything that I’ve been doing to this point has brought me here,” he says, “molding various materials, media, and concepts into situations that trigger realities, rather than simply reflecting on them.”
About the project:
One work – 17 chapters – 17 individual events
The Monuments is a new long-term project by JAŠA; an immersive work of art composed of a series of site-specific interventions and performance pieces. As a whole, it will function as a visual narrative developed in the spaces of Kuhlhaus divided into individual chapters for the duration of the residency. Chapters will function as stand-alone artistic projects, and as a string of events each connected to the previous and future ones.
“When people leave a concert, after this group experience, this situation they shared…they all go to their part of the city, they go on with their lives, but for that night and for the days that follow, they all stay connected. This is the one and only true political power.”
About the artist:
JAŠA (Mrevlje-Pollak, born in Ljubljana 1978) is a contemporary artist who cuts visual arts with a conceptual practice that is rooted in the extensive use of space as a medium and context for either spatial or performing interventions. His approach has elements of polystylism, neo-romanticism and geopolitical consciousness. His work has made him one of the most prominent voices of his generation and altered the art scene in Ljubljana and Venice, propelling him onto the international stage. In 2015, he represented Slovenia at the 56th Venice Biennale. There he presented a monumental site-specific installation and durational performance that lasted for 29 weeks (UTTER / The Violent Necessity for the Embodied Presence of Hope). He has been featured in numerous publications, including Modern Painters, The Art Newspaper and Art in America. Based in Ljubljana and Berlin, his work has been exhibited around the world, including at Frieze London and New York and at the Venice Biennale. He recently wrote a book with Noah Charney, Making It: The Artist’s Survival Guide, published by Rowman & Littlefield.
Learn more at www.jasha.org.