Multimedia Artist Nika Autor to Represent Slovenia at the 2017 Venice Biennale

Autor is founder of the collective Newsreel Front.

Nika Autor at Fiktivne situacije II, March 2010. Photo Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons.

Multidisciplinary artist Nika Autor has been tapped to represent her native country of Slovenia at the 2017 Venice Biennale, ArtNews reports. While the thematic direction of the pavilion has yet to be announced, Andreja Hribernik, director of Slovenia’s Koroška Gallery of Fine Arts, is set to curate the exhibition.

In discussing her research, Autor writes that she is interested in “the invisibilities/inaudibilities, along that the question of the production of dominant representations, which are emerging on today’s social, political and economical grounds.” She is the founder of the collective Newsreel Front (Obzorniška Fronta), a group of artists and theorists making short films and texts exploring global and economic injustices, using archival and contemporary news footage and writing as a jumping off point.

A 2014 exhibition featuring work by Autor and Newsreel Front, “Newsreel – The News Is Ours,” at the Jeu de Paume in Paris was highly praised and well-received by critics and audiences alike. Writing for Studio International, Darran Anderson describes Autor’s work as “both connective and immersive. She delves down through the historical strata and finds features that still resound, either by difference or similarity.”

The artist graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana in 2002, and is currently working towards her PhD in Practice at Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In addition to the Jeu de Paume, Paris, Autor has shown at the 7th Triennial of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana, Slovenia; Mumok in Vienna, Austria; and the Alternative Film/Video Festival, ‘novog filma i video,’ in Beograd, Serbia.

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