Jože Slak – Đoka: We Met Once
Opening on Friday, 23 August 2019, 7 p. m.
23 August–14 September 2019
MMC KIBLA / KiBela, Ulica kneza Koclja 9, Maribor
On the occasion of his exhibition Kmetske slike (Peasant Paintings) in Kibla in 2012, Jože Slak – Đoka said: “My paintings wish to convey the cerebral veils that cloud our views, prevent understanding and communication between diversities and cause dissociation, the decay of the social organism. We have turned into a blind society, a consequence of an utter misunderstanding of the essential role of culture in the life of the social organism. Culture is the skin holding together the flesh, bones and guts of the society.”
Playing with forms, shaping materials; the dance of colors, the melody of forms, the intertwinement of abstract and realistic motifs – Jože Slak Đoka composed all of these in harmonies of sensuality, perception, tension, and rumbling social commitment. He played percussion instruments. And he wrote. And, above all, he painted, carved, brought to his visual expression various materials, tested new techniques, and was always, in everything that he did, a highly creative. Integration-disintegration, and the transformation of organic into inorganic, into a work of art, which sits and reaches into the space, filling it with its energy, its spirit, and its heart.
For his work, he has received the Zlata ptica (Golden Bird Award, 1981), the Župančič Award (1993) and the Prešeren Foundation Award (2007).
Accompanying the exhibition opening of works by Jože Slak Đoka will be “his” band SAETA (Miloš Bašin – percussions, folk instruments; Aleš Gasparič – flutes, ocarina, whistles; Lado Jakša – woodwind instruments, keyboard; Boštjan Perovšek – computer, sound environments).
At the event, as well as during the time of the exhibition, visitors will also be able to enjoy Lado Jakša’s multivision about Jože Slak – Đoka.
The exhibition will be showing until 14 September 2019. Admission free.
MMC KIBLA / Space for art KiBela
Open on weekdays between 9 a. m. and 10 p. m., and on Saturdays between 4 p. m. and 10 p. m.
Production: Association for art and audio-visual production CODE BLUE
Co-production: Association for culture and education KIBLA and Association for contemporary art X-OP
Support: Municipality of Maribor, Ministry of culture, Creative Europe Program – Culture