The Prešeren Award Winners Gallery Kranj presents, exhibits, and collects art-
work by artists, Prešeren Award (since 1947) or Prešeren Fund Award (since 1962)
winners. The said recognitions are the highest national art awards, presented for
exceptional art opuses or lifetime achievement in the field of the arts. To this day,
63 Prešeren and 98 Prešeren Fund Awards have been awarded, yet the winners
include only four photographers.
Photography as a parallel artistic outlet is frequently resorted to, predominantly by
painters and graphic artists, including the Prešeren Award winners (Božidar Jakac,
Gojmir Anton Kos, Lojze Spacal, Stane Jagodič …). Zmago Jeraj was the first Award-winning artist to emphasize photography as an art form in his opus. Joco Žnidaršič
was the first photographer to receive this Award in 1977, thirty years after the first
Prešeren Award and twenty-five years after the first Prešeren Fund Awards were
presented. He was followed by Stojan Kerbler (1979), Milan Pajk (1981), and Tone
Stojko (1984). Thirty-four years elapsed before the Prešeren Fund Executive Board
decided to honour another photographer with the Award. Long, far too long ...
Boris Gaberščik received the 2018 Prešeren Fund Award for his art photography,
in which he recorded his »minimalistic proclamation of reist philosophy« thro-
ugh two awarded cycles, namely: Solve et Coagula and Von Dieser Welt, created in
the last four years. The poetics of Boris Gaberščik’s photography, palpable in the
inner light of the objects, depicted in timeless space, remains true to its original
definition. It signifies the creation and re-creation of the new, art world, or, as his
colleague Milan Pajk phrased it in his exposé on the Award presentation: “Essen
tially, photography is a snapshot of the real, but, in Gaberščik’s case, more of a reflection of
the newly created, since the world as his images unveil it, had not existed before.” Mimesis,
rather than poiesis lies at the core of Gaberščik’s art photography, mimesis as poe-
sis, Poesis in black and white analog photography in large-scale camera format,
the Poesis of deteriorated objects, a world one enters through his photographs.
Photography as an art form can only be defined by great photographers. Gaberščik
seeks to resolve his perennial dilemma of whether he himself is either a photo-
grapher or an artist, through his artistic creativity, affirming himself as an outstan-
ding photographer, to which the Award he recently received, attests.
Text: Marko Arnež, Hana Čeferin, Renata Štebih
Size: 25 x 17 cm, pages 95
Publisher: Galerija Prešernovih nagrajencev Kranj, 2018