EMPACT - Second Exhibition at Maribor, 'EYES IN THE STONE' by UGM

EKO 9 Triennial of Art and Environment: Eyes in the Stone Old sanatorium Maribor | 17 May − 28 July 2024

From folktales and the origins of modern horror in literature and film to contemporary art forms, the horror genre has always possessed the potential to address human and societal fears. With the exhibition Eyes in the Stone, we give power to the primary emotion of fear to jolt us from our numbness to seemingly failing warnings of science. The artists in the exhibition respond in form and narrative to the threatening atmosphere in nature and culture. In the new venue of the EKO Triennial – the old sanatorium of Dr Mirko Černić in the centre of Maribor – we present artworks which through use of shock, a sense of dread, disquiet and despondency, as well as critical reflection, offer a chance at catharsis in the face of environmental collapse. The old sanatorium, a modernist villa and its surrounding garden, becomes a metaphor for home. If we think of Earth as our home, then this is a house that is haunted. Freak weather events, mass extinctions, fires and floods, earthquakes, it’s as if the planet is waging revenge on its inhabitants. When moving out of this house or an exorcism is not an option, we must learn to dwell with these restless spirits. We enter this haunted house, this planet terror in order to understand and to make peace with the troubled spirits our presence on Earth has awakened. Come with us. If you dare.


artists: Saša Bezjak, Lan Breški, Ana Čavić, Ines Doujak, Herman Gvardjančič, Andrea Éva Győri, Thomas Hörl & Peter Kozek, Kier-La Janisse, Vid Koprivšek, Gašper Kunšič, Ana Likar, Eva-Maria Lopez, Nina Koželj, Mila Panić, Ludvik Pandur, Edith Payer, Ana Pečar, Oton Polak, Janko Ravnik, Līga Spunde & Aleksandrs Breže, Dominika Trapp, David Nez, Ádám Ulbert, Matjaž Wenzel and others

artistic director: Jure Kirbiš

artistic advisors: Dominika Trapp (Hungary) and Markus Waitschacher (Austria)

EKO 9 is produced by UGM | Maribor Art Gallery in the framework of project EMPACT. Under the slogan “The Art of Thinking Like a Mountain” EMPACT addresses themes of creative sustainability, empathy for nature and empathic and resilient artists. Eyes in the Stone is developed as an example of a contemporary art exhibition utilising sustainable exhibition-making principles. EMPACT connects seven European partners: Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus), Fondazione Lamberto Puggelli (Italy), Espacio Rojo (Spain), National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (Bulgaria), Nature, Art & Habitat (Italy), Vorres Museum (Greece) and UGM | Maribor Art Gallery (Slovenia).

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