Among the numerous original languages employed by the individual photographers whose work features in Moderna galerija's photography collection, our attention was drawn to shots that reflect the creative responses of photographers either to an order existing in the external phenomenal world or to individual relationships arising in the urban world that establish a new conceptual order in created images when photographically transposed. The works featured in the catalogue were not created at one time — they span a period from the mid-1950s to the late 20th century. But apart from iconographic similarities and an austere narrative that stems from the modernist desire of the artists to retreat from noisy everyday life to the aesthetics of the silence of photographic images, they are marked by an exploration of the semantic issues of photography as a self-sufficient artistic entity. In every one of these images, the dialogue with the visible world is in its own special way removed from the dynamics of social life and takes place with respect to space and the state of things within this space. The perceived situations where man is present only through his absence are presented in ways not always new, since the artists built on the achievements of New Objectivity, a period that is regarded as the beginning of Slovene modernist photography.
Text: Lara Štrumej
Language: Slovenian, English
Size: 27 x 22 cm, 55 pages
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, 2002