Follow Fluxus – Fluxus und die Folgen 2023 grant for contemporary artists called by the Hessian State Capital of Wiesbaden and the Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden goes in its sixteenth year to Maja Smrekar (*1978 in Brežice, Slovenia).
Since 2008 Follow Fluxus – After Fluxus supports international artists, whose work suggests ideas inherent to Fluxus in order to further develop the ideas of Fluxus. The endowment of 10,000 Euro is provided annually for a residency in Wiesbaden from June through August 2024. The work stipend concludes with a solo exhibition in 2024.
The jury of five consisted of Prof. Dr. Hanna B. Hölling / Research Professor Bern Academy of the Arts / Project Lead Performance: Conservation, Materiality, Knowledge / Project Lead Activating Fluxus, Yama Rahimi / Contemporary Artist and AAPP Europe Resettlement Coordinator, Michael Berger, Collection Berger, Wiesbaden, Monique Behr, Cultural Office Wiesbaden, and Elke Gruhn, artistic director and curator, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden.
The jury decided out of 54 nominations and justified as follows:
Maja Smrekar's collaborative projects span a wide range of artistic forms, from hybrid art and performance to photography. She combines practice-based research that explores the potential of current technology and science, negotiating themes of ecofeminism, technology, and social structures. She shares her findings through lecture-performances and written texts. In her art, she explores the connections between humans, animals, and technology, drawing from a wealth of media. Her long-term performances and micro-performativity that engage with human and non-human processes create intense imagery that together with her collaborative working process deeply impressed the jury.
About the artist /
Maja Smrekar (*1978 in Brežice, Slovenia) is a bio-artist who collaborates with scientists in the laboratory, employing biotechnology in her work to explore complex questions. Her art delves deeply into the human position within the ecosystem, the challenges of biotechnology, and the concept of a posthuman world.
The grant is made possible by the Cultural Office Wiesbaden.