Ljubljana. Taking nearly a decade, this photographic cycle by three authors is discovering places that are either unknown and inaccessible to the general public or they are about the vistas that have been seen a countless times but are shown from different perspectives, sometimes so unusual that you initially have problems recognizing what exactly you are looking at. The images also feature individuals, some of them unknown, similarly to their environment, and others unnoticed or even intentionally overlooked.

The photographic cycle is the result of a joint effort by three photographers, whose individual expression is more often than not dictated and restricted by the laws of assignment and promotional photography, which requires considerable skill and even more technical equipment, however, some creative tension builds up inside the author and strives to evade the constraints of the client's expectations and the intended target public. It is bubbling inside the author. What is bubbling is the potential of creative aspirations that would, if they could…

And so, coffee is being drunk and tobacco rolled.

First they directed the lights, otherwise used to spotlight all sorts of extravagance and luxuries, into the bowels of the city – its sewerage, they took them onto the roofs of the Ljubljana Old Town, to the Barje landfill, into a shop selling usable waste products, through the well at Ljubljana Castle they sneaked into Castle Hill, lit their way into the pride of the ceiling paintings of the eerily abandoned Grand Hall in the National Gallery during restoration works, caught a glimpse of the exposed underground of the Gosposvetska cesta street when Roman sarcophagi were being opened, in winter they warmed themselves in the tropical greenhouse in the middle of the city park, they looked down, but respectfully, on Plečnik's works…

The project was conceived by the assignment of the Slovenian edition of National Geographic magazine, where it was featured twice, however, it grew out of the (yellow) frame of the magazine. According to the authors, it will probably last as long as they themselves will.

Branko Čeak, Domen Pal and Jože Maček have been involved for many years in a variety of photographic projects, from assignments – most often market photography – to their work in culture. They make up the TrioZdioptrijo photo collective, using their knowledge and equipment to create “images in freedom”, as art critic Petja Grafenauer once referred to a cycle of exhibited photographs; the images, free from the constraints of client's wishes, and created to the authors' own delight. As such, images of the outside world in the photographs reflect the contours of their personalities at least as much as the contours of the city architecture. Rather than taking the authorship in a narrow, rigid sense of the word, they see it as a creative process, leading to the final image through a smart storm. Technically and in terms of subject matter. For them, joint authorship in this process is an advantage. Cooperation requires reining in your ego and understanding the others and the different, as well as leaving space for the other in order to express yourself through the process. This is personality training.

Artists: Branko Čeak, Domen Pal, Jože Maček

Curator of the exhibition: Arne Hodalič

The project was conceived as a commission for the Slovenian edition of National Geographic Magazine, where it has received two publications, but over the years it has outgrown the (yellow) frames of the magazine. According to the artists, it will probably last as long as they last themselves.

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We recommend that visitors use the funicular railway to attend the photographic exhibition.

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