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

  • De Geheime Tuin / Mint – Art, Rotterdam – Safe Place (2018)
  • Mint-Switch, Roodkapje, Rotterdam – Safe Place, Dark Marrow (2018)
  • The One Minutes / Sandberg Series 2017 – Healing the Feeling (2017)
  • 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 – 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 – ‘everence 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

  • Various courses on videomaking – Fashion Design and Skills Lab, HKU Utrecht (2016 – )
  • 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)