Luca Marcelli (IT), Peter Kolárčik (SK/CZ), Michael Kelly (UK), Rok Hudobivnik (SI)
Curated by Deja Bečaj (SI) and Samra Šabanović (BA/FI)
Fotocubs Mentorship Programme
The Fotocubs Mentorship Programme brings together a group of last year’s volunteers who are currently participating in this informal educational programme led by the Fotopub Team. Each year, the programme invites a group of international art students to participate and provides them with a hands-on experience in festival production that is followed by a mentored group exhibition project, presented at the next edition of the festival. This year, a group of six art students is trying to answer the question, “What do you see when you close your eyes?” The aim of the exhibition is to not only present one’s own visions and interpretations of fears, feelings and thoughts, but also motivate visitors to dive in, explore these concepts themselves and leave some of their own findings in the exhibition.
Deja Bečaj (1995) is a master's student of Art History and English in Maribor. She has been involved in several dance productions as creative director and writer for the Krokar Dance Company. In 2016 she edited an exhibition catalogue titled Grafični Listi iz Zbirke Rudija Ringbauerja; she has worked as a writer of show reviews and previews, and done interviews for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Maribor Theatre Festival. She was also involved in the Klik do Slik project (2018), the goal of which was to digitalise texts to be included in the permanent collection of the Maribor Art Gallery. Her focus on 20th century art and curatorial work has allowed her to enter the world of contemporary art.
Samra Šabanović (1992) graduated from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art at the Aalto University in Finland. Her work addresses everyday occurrences of photography and the issues pertaining to its use in the politics of exhibiting practices, public spaces and texts. In 2014 she was nominated for the Perspective and Mali Princ awards in Novi Sad. Some of her exhibitions include Recording Changes in Ferrara (Italy); On Sharing Control in Wolkersdorf (Austria); Photography as a Tool of Encounters in Salzburg (Austria); Whose History is it Anyway? in Espoo (Finland). She currently lives between Helsinki and Sarajevo.