Artists from 12 countries at Novo Mesto photo festival
Novo mesto, 30 July - Novo Mesto is hosting the 5th international festival of contemporary photography, Fotopub, this week, featuring seven exhibitions and 25 participating artists from 12 countries.
The festival will open at the Simulaker gallery tonight with interventions by photographers Vanessa Brazeau, Sasha Kurmaz and Stefan Klein.
They are part of an international group of artists who will organise several collective situational performative projects in the city, specifically for the festival's audience.
The artists will try to expand the boundaries between public and private space and try to study the influence of collective art practice as a tool for personal transformation.
Apart from artists, the festival brings together curators, editors, publishers and gallerists of international renown. They work at the crossroads of contemporary visual arts, new media and technology.
They will showcase a series of new projects devised for the Fotopub which the organisers say "disturb, question and respond to" the established artistic and socio-political practices, "structures of power, antagonisms and knowledge production processes".
The festival's Portfolio Review will feature 25 up-and-coming artists from Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Holland, Ukraine, the UK, the US and Slovenia.
The format gives them an opportunity to show their work to some of the leading industry professionals. They will showcase their work in unusual and abandoned spots in the centre of Novo Mesto.
During the festival, which runs until Saturday, a free shuttle bus to Novo Mesto in the north-east will be available from Ljubljana. All events will be admission-free.