About me

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Iztok Klančar

Born in 1980, Trbovlje, Slovenia
; based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I am a visual storyteller. I graduated in photography at the Royal academy of art in The Hague in 2012. I also have background as an art historian. In 2006, I graduated at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana with a thesis on photography in the Slovenian LGBT scene.

My video and photographic work was shown in relevant art institutions (Nederlands Fotomuseum, GEM, Showroom MAMA, Tokyo Photo, Plat(t)form – Fotomusem Winterthur), as well as in alternative venues with their own dedicated audience.

My artistic research begins with making of a photo diary, as well as written observations. I relate these materials with my inner world and then reassemble them into new stories. The final result of this process is video, combined with atmospheric electronic music.

In my work, I am interested in our intrinsic feelings and needs. By means of immersing my audience into landscapes, I aim to strip them from their past experience. I try to reveal the core of our existence – vulnerable and instinctive as much as we can be.

My graduation work – My Men (2012) – is a story about two men, a record of two intimate relationships. I then went further, exploring the non-verbal physical language of two women dancing (Dark Marrow, 2013). The videos of my Reverence project (2015) go deeper into exploring the lurking darkness behind our sexuality. I took a step further in my latest work, Safe Place (2017), where I depict rituals of people who interact with nature and thereby release their hidden selves.

Besides my video installations and photography work, I also perform a monologue with visuals. I bundle my diary entries into semi-fictional stories that convey an inner journey – a deep, yet still universal introspection.

Education

  • Photography / KABK – Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (2008 – 2012)
  • Art History / Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana (BA in 2006)
  • Art History / Freie Universität, Berlin (one semester in 2004)

Shows and events

  • ‘Cure Park. Art of Care’ – Amsterdam – ‘Safe Place’ (2017)
  • ‘Eighteen 29 #4′ – Amsterdam – ‘Dark Marrow’ (2017)
  • ‘Prospects & Concepts’ – Art Rotterdam – ‘Safe Place’ (2017)
  • ‘The One Minutes / Eco vs. Ego’ – Curated by Pinar&Viola – ‘Healing the Feeling’ (2016)
  • ‘Exhibition #2’ – BANK, Amsterdam – ‘Safe Place’ (2016)
  • ‘Different Worlds’ – Young Contemporary Photography, Photon, Ljubljana – SI – ‘Afterlife’ (2015)
  • The Bookstore Project Space, Amsterdam – ‘Reverence’ and ‘Afterlife’ (solo show, 2015)
  • ‘Trash the house #extra’, The Hague – ‘Etmaal’ (2015)
  • ‘Trash the house #2’, The Hague – ‘Reverence’ monologue & ‘Afterlife’ (2015)
  • The Bookstore Project Space, Amsterdam – ‘Reverence’ monologue (2015)
  • ‘Where Good Things Start #1’, Amsterdam – ‘Reverence’ monologue (2015)
  • ‘Undertow’, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam – ‘Reverence’ (2014)
  • ‘Close’, Het Nutshuis and Acte de présence, The Hague – ‘My Men’ and ‘Afterlife’ (2014)
  • Ten Haaf Projects, Amsterdam – ‘My Men’ and ‘Afterlife’ (solo show, 2014)
  • ‘You Made Me Love You’, Derde Wal, Nijmegen – video work: ‘My Men’ and ‘Destroy Everything You Touch’ (2014)
  • Pride Pop-up, Amsterdam – ‘My Men’ (2013)
  • 14th International Feminist and Queer Festival Red Dawns, Ljubljana – ‘My Men’ (2013)
  • Plat(t)form 2013 – portfolio review, Fotomuseum Winterthur
  • ‘Now or never #2′, GEM, The Hague – ‘My Men’ (2013)
  • Steenbergen prize, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam – ‘My Men’ (2012)
  • ‘Nu’, KABK graduation show, The Hague – ‘My Men’ (2012)
  • ‘Bandits-Mages Festival’, Bourges – ‘Home Away’ (2011)

Collections

  • EYE Film institute Netherlands – ‘My Men’ (part of the documentation collection)

Grants, prizes and nominations

  • Stipendium Program for Emerging Artists – Mondriaan fund (2016)
  • 1st prize: ‘Different Worlds’ – Young Contemporary Photography, Photon, Ljubljana – ‘Afterlife’ (2015)
  • Steenbergen prize nomination, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam – ‘My Men’ (2012)
  • Thesis prize nomination, Royal academy of art, The Hague – ‘I want to have a good year again’ (2012)

Publications

  • ‘De encyclopedie van piggelmeehuisjes’, Amsterdam (2016)
  • ‘Unlocked Book’, Athens & Paris (2015)
  • ‘Narobe’, Slovenian GLBT magazine, Ljubljana – ‘My Men (november 2014)
  • ‘Verzet’, zine, Ro theater (november 2014)
  • ‘Wim Willems: 100 jaar heimwee – de geschiedenis van Polen in Nederland’ – a series of portraits (2012)
  • ‘My Men’ – self published photo book (2012)

Lectures and teaching

  • Course on making a promotional video clip, HKU Fashion Design, Utrecht (2016, 2017)
  • Thesis research, KABK – Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (2013)
  • Lectures on photography within the GLBT scene in Slovenia, Club Monokel & Legebitra, Ljubljana, Koper, SLO (2006)