Slovenian Contemporary Portrait exhibition catalogue Nov 2013 - Page 6

manner that often seduces the viewer with what is not visible at first sight, but only reveals upon second viewing. Portrait is also typically used in documentary, socially committed and reportage series. As expressed in the words of Uroš Ho?evar, photojournalist and author of a book on the aesthetics of news photography, it is often of key importance to characterise an individual if we are to understand such series. Ciril Jazbec and Matic Zorman use their series to explore social issues. The former is mostly interested in individuals whose fates are unclear due to rapidly increasing climate changes, and the latter in individuals suffering due to numerous political conflicts and wars. They are both extremely sensitive to the problems of marginalised communities pushed to the edge of society, which they present by portraying the individual in the harsh everyday life. Portrays of individuals in their indigenous environment are also typical of Boštjan Pucelj, their classical quality again reminding us of a certain turning point in the history of portrait photography. In contrast, photographs by DK and Jošt Franko are markedly documentary, primarily conveying the perception of a certain time and space. Robert Hutinski's works could also be labelled socially committed, but the author further upgrades them with the patchwork technique that would normally not be related to the genre. His works are therefore bordering conceptual photography, which holds a special place in contemporary Slovenian photography. It can also be ascribed to Uroš Abram and Jure Kastelic, both applying digital manipulation to blur the border between reality and fiction. They manipulate the viewer, toying with their set perception of photography as regards it contents as well as its physical attributes. What also has to be mentioned eventually is self-portrait, which is not represented comprehensively in any of the series, but it can be traced with many of the exhibiting authors, either very subtly or in clear representation. In recent years, portrait has been a very heterogeneous genre in the Slovenian environment, both as regards its technical aspects and its contents, which is also confirmed in the selection of photographers participating in the exhibition. Some of them are crossing the borders of the genre with their innovation, others ar ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????????Q??????????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????????????????????????????????()1%QIQUI)???? ??????????????L?????5????????????1?????????????)??????????????? ????A????????L?Q???-??? ????????1???????????)U???!?5??????????????????????????????1?????????????)5???-??????Q???Q?????????????????1???????????)9??????????????L?????????????????????A??????5??5???-?????????????????????? ?????????4?) ????I???????A??????????A????????L?9??????????5?????????E???????M???????????? ??????????((