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Vanja Bučan

1973 Nova Gorica, Slovenia

20 Works exhibited

Current location

Berlin, Germany

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bibliography
  • Awards

Vanja Bučan is an internationally renowned Slovenian photographer, who lives and works in Berlin. She graduated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague at the department of documentary photography, however, she distanced herself from the documentary genre during her studies, and focused on staged photography instead. Before becoming a professional photographer, she studied sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana, and actively took part in environmental activism, which is evident conceptually in her artistic oeuvre. She views photography as an open medium, a realm where she can freely express her views and critique of society. A professional role worth mentioning is her position as the official photographer at the Maribor European Capital of Culture 2012 for the collective Urbane Brazde before she relocated to Berlin. In her signature artistic style, she alters her own photographs and places them in staged compositions in order to achieve deconstructed and multifaceted realities that generate a visually rich expression, which verges on fiction.

Her work has been exhibited at several major international group exhibitions, such as: Month of Photography Los Angeles, Official MOPLA Group Show (2018); Camouflage, City Oases, NORDICO City Museum in Linz (2018); Visions of Nature, Kunst Haus Wien, Museum Hundertwasser in Vienna (2017); official exhibition of the Renaissance Photography Prize, Getty Images Gallery in London (2016). She likewise participated at various biennials and festivals around the world: Directors Choice Series’ Circulation(s), Photo Zurich, Switzerland (2019); Vento Solar, Solar Photo Festival, Fortaleza, Brazil (2018); Loba 2018, Photolux Festival, Lucca, Italy (2018); Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (2018); 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial: Confusing Public and Private, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China (2018). Her works have been nominated for the Prix Pictet and Leica Oskar Barnack Award, and she received two prestigious awards for her series Sequences of Truth and Deception: Lens Culture Exposure Award (2015) and Renaissance Photography Prize (2016).

EDUCATION

2006-2010 – Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague, Photography
1992-1997 – Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Sociology
EXHIBITIONS

2019 – upcoming: Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia
2019 – upcoming: Photon Gallery Vienna, Austria, (SOLO)
2019 – upcoming: Viennacontemporary (rep.by Photon Gallery), Vienna, Austria
2019 – upcoming: LiShui Photography Festival, China
2019 – ‘Instinkt’ Membrana Photomagazine-group show, Cankarjev Dom, Ljublana, Slovenia
2019 – The Censored Exhibition, Copenhagen Photo Festival, DK
2019 – Photon-Center for Cont. Photography (SOLO), Ljubljana, Slovenia
2019 – Photo London 2019 (with Photon Gallery)
2019 – Bieler Fototage, Int.Festival of Photography, Biel, Switzerland
2019 – Leica Galerie Wetzlar, LOBA 2018,Wetzlar, Germany
2019 – ‘Directors Choice Series’ Circulation(s), Photo Zurich,Switzerland
2019 – Museum of Contemporary Art (MSUM), Ljubljana, Slovenia
2018 – ‘Vento Solar’, Solar Photo Festival, Fortaleza, Brazil
2018 – Loba 2018 at Photolux Festival, Lucca , Italy
2018 – The Traffic Festival(s)-Circulation, Beijing Photo Week 2018, China
2018 – Artsite Fest, Torino, Italy
2018 – LOBA 2018 Vernissage, Neue Schule fur Fotografie, Berlin, Germany
2018 – 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial: Confusing Public and Private, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
2018 – Talent Latent- SCAN Tarragona – International Festival of Photography, Spain
2018 – Voies Off Festival Screenings, Leica Oscar Barnack Award 2018, Arles, FR
2018 – Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
2018 – Month of Photography Los Angeles, MOPLA official group Show, LA, USA
2018 – “Camouflage”, City Oases, NORDICO City Museum Linz, Austria
2018 – Circulation(s) Festival , Le Centquatre, Paris, France
2018 – Wie im Märchen , Group Show, Nö-Art, Austria
10. 2.–25. 2. 2018 Kunsthaus Horn, Horn
3. 3.–15. 4. 2018 Galerie grenzART, Hollabrunn
7. 4.–15. 4. 2018 Altes Rathaus, Groß Gerungs
26. 5.–10. 6. 2018 Schüttkasten Allentsteig, Allentsteig
16. 6.–1. 7. 2018 Gemeindeamt, Kirchberg am Wagram
10. 8.–2. 9. 2018 Kunsthaus Laa, Laa an der Thaya
7. 9.–7. 10. 2018 Konzerthaus Weinviertel, Ziersdorf
2017 – “Odstrti Pogledi’ Galerija Miklova Hisa, Ribnica, Slovenia
2017 – Galerija Lang, Samobor, Croatia (Solo)
2017 – Visions of Nature, Kunst Haus Wien, Museum Hundertwasser, Vienna, Austria
2016 – Pogled 8 – pogled na slovensko likovno umetnost, Galerija Bozidar Jakac, Slovenia
2016 – Brighton Photo Biennial, Exhibiting selected Winners from Lens Culture Awards,Brighton, UK
2016 – Renaissance Photography Prize, Getty Images Gallery, London,UK
2016 – Emergences- Projections with LensCulture Winners, Cour de l’Archevêché, Arles,France
2016 – Photo London with LensCulture Award Winners,Somerset House ,London ,UK
2016 – ‘Kamuflaža’ Group Exhibition, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2016 – Plat(t)form 2016 , Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
2015 – ‘Margine’ Slovenian Contemporary Photography, Museum of Modern Art, Banja Luka, BiH
2015 – Out of Order, Photo installation at ‘Multiversal’, Berlin, Germany
2013 – EMZIN Slovenian Photo of The Year, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana,Slovenia
2013 – Of Love, Tension and Other Minorities, Dom Omladine – Belgrade, Serbia
2012 – Making Room – KABK, den Haag
2011 – Photography is Female – Gallery Riko Debenjak, Slovenia
2011 – Margins – 7th PhotoBiennale Poznan, Poland
2011 – V8 Verlag Gallery – Cologne, Germany, LabOst Group
2011 – Red Dawns Festival -(SOLO) Photo Projections, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2010 – Portfolio Feature-Souvenirs from Earth – European Video Art Cable TV
2010 – Graduation Exhibition – KABK, Den Haag
2010 – LaborOst (Laboratory East) – Group exhibition, Swiss Photo Award, Zurich
2010 – Upcoming Choreographers – Nederlands Dans Theater, The Hague, Holland
2009 – Fools and Follies – (SOLO), Center for Contemporary Photography, Ljubljana
2009 – Photonic Luminatic – Travelling group exposition-Split, Bratislava, Belgrade, Wien
2008 – Month of Photography – Ljubljana
2008 – New Slovenian Photography and Video – K2 Center for Contemporary Art, Izmir, Turkey
2008 – EMZIN Slovenian Photo of the Year, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana

PUBLICATIONS/FEATURED WORK

2019 – Membrana Magazine, interview & portfolio
2019 – IDEAT China, Magazine for Design, Portfolio & Interview, Spring 2019
2019 – Causette Magazine, portfolio feature, January 19′
2018 – Philosophie Magazin, Germany, feature
2018 – Ljubljana City of Design
2018 – Monthly Photography Magazine, South Korea, portfolio & interview
2018 – Delo, Sobotna Priloga interview
2017 – Visions of Nature, Exhibition Book/Catalogue
2016 – Philosophie Magazin, Germany
2016 – Featured in Art Photo Index
2016 – Photonews Hamburg cover feature
2016 – Fotografija na Kavču, Cankarjev dom
2015 – Magazine ‘Fotografija’, commissioned work
2012 – Het Nutshuis promotional campaign
2012 – Maribor European Capital of Culture 2012
2012 – CAAP (Center for Autonomous and Alternative Production), Maribor, Slovenia
2012 – New Dutch Photography Talent – Book
2012 – Les Rencontres.eu – Maribor Capital of Culture 2012
2011 – Amnesty International NL/RS promotional campaign 
2010 – Lab East, 30 Photographic Positions from Central and Eastern Europe – Photo Book
2010 – Souvenirs From Earth TV featured artist
2010 – Netherlands Dans Theater
2008 – Magazine Emzin Artist portfolio

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

2019 – Nominated for Prix Pictet
2018 – Leica Oscar Barnack Award 2018 Finalist
2018 – Fujifilm Award-Circulation(s)-Special Mention
2016 – Plat(t)form 2016
2016 – Renaissance Photography Prize, London, UK, Winner Single Image
2015 – Lens Culture Exposure Award 2015, 1st prize Single Image
2008 – EMZIN Slovenian Photo of the Year, Winner

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