Beckettovo čelo / Beckett’s Forehead
240 x 190 cm
Beckett’s forehead in the title and in the processes/photographs, which were used to create the painting, addresses Samuel Beckett. Beckett emigrated from Ireland in 1937, following the ratification of national independence in the then Irish constitution. He never returned. He spent his exile years in Paris. In the work Written-off Painting, the word “written-off” covers the entire surface of the painting like a raster (the raster is created by means of the stamped inscription “written-off”, in German). The act of “stamping” (i.e. stigmatizing) and the “written-off” are both tightly linked to actual processes in migration procedures. However, both works address the concept of the exhibition much more through visual (painting) means and transformations into the artistic language, than in the sense of a narrative on the topic of migrations. Both artworks were created between Berlin and Ljubljana.
Ksenija Čerče (1969) lives and works in Ljubljana and Berlin. After receiving a Fulbright Scholarship in the US in 2003, she attained her master’s degree in Video and Sound Art (under Liz Phillips) at the Purchase College State University of New York. She received her BA (1999) and MA (2002) in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana. In 1996, she completed her studies in Textile Design at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering of the University of Ljubljana. Since 2011, she has been holding the position of Senior Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana.
Photography: Damjan Švarc