BIRTHDAY MAYPOLES VOL. 3
23th September – 10th October, Kino Šiška
Lucija Rose’s ongoing project Birthday Maypoles represents the systematic pursuit of the sociological and social phenomenon of decorating the environment at birthday celebrations, which the author perceives in her immediate surroundings. Throughout history, the manners of celebrating birthdays have changed. Because of their size and visibility, maypoles traditionally announced the great importance of an event. Today, maypoles are supplemented with various forms of ornamentation, with which the immediate or broader community (family, friends, fellow citizens) honour and mark the special personal holiday (usually milestone anniversaries), temporarily altering the appearance of the honoree’s home and locale.
Within the broader social context, such celebrations fulfil the need for socialising, belonging and affirmation, both for the individual and the community. On a symbolic level, they imitate a ritual, in which the impact of the entertainment industry is increasingly evident in contemporary times. In decoration, this is shown in the carefree combining of various entertaining elements, from the humorous to the obscene, which result in more or less creative, original and (un)successful temporary sculptures. The documentary depiction of maypoles, traffic signs, wooden flowers, banners, posters, etc.. thus represents the topography of such sculptures, the visual markers of a personal holiday that temporarily alter the appearance of the cultural landscape, as well as serving as a display of the folksiness and the intercommunity connectedness of a specific space and time.
Lucija Rosc (1995) graduated in 2018 from the Higher School of Applied Sciences in Ljubljana. She has held three solo shows and participated in several group exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad. In 2018, she won the ZINE 4 VITRINE 4th International Zine Open Call, organized by Kino Siška and the DobraVaga Gallery, with her zine To so korale. Her work has been featured within the Prepih exhibition series at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana. As part of the NIMIDABI art collective, she participated in the Fotopub festival in Novo Mesto. Her work has been featured in several group shows at the P74 Gallery, National Museum of Slovenia, Photon Gallery, Cirkulacija2, DobraVaga, GT22 and Aksioma. She is currently finishing her M.A. studies in Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana.
Each year, the ZINE VITRINE exhibition, workshop and zine reading room programme, located in the DobraVaga Gallery, invites artists of various profiles to participate in an international call for zines, with the selected artists realizing an exhibition or zine production, as well as a broader presentation of their creative work or specific ideas. According to last year’s jury, Lucija Rosc’s zine To so korale (2018) stood out among the submissions received.
Organisation: Kino Šiška