of photographs and photomontages


Ljubljana, Park Tivoli, Jakopič esplanade
1. March – 30. April 2011

Tuesday, 22. March 2011 at 17:00
Tivoli castle

 invited speakers
mag. Dejan Židan, Minister for agriculture, forestry and food
prof. dr. Roko Žarnić, Minister for environment and spatial planning
Zoran Janković, Mayor of the Municipality of Ljubljana
prof. dr. Mihael J. Toman, Dean of Biotechnical faculty

with the cooperation of
Marko Modic (author of the exhibition)
Agricultural and forestry chamber of Slovenia
Rural women’s association

Soil is a rich and dynamic ecosystem. Depending on the parent material, one centimeter of soil takes up to 500 years to form. A minimum soil layer of 30 cm is needed for crop cultivation for food production. Soils are the factory of life; the workers are microorganisms and fauna, which help to decompose organic residue into inorganic forms that re-enter the life cycle.

We need arable land for local food production, which, in spite of the general globalisation process, has increasing value for the human population. Each resident of Slovenia has (almost) the smallest area of arable land in Europe.

Agricultural land is an important constituent of cultural landscape. A cultural landscape in the local environment provides many non-material benefits (such as quality of life, a wealth of natural resources, possiblilities for recreation, rest or simple aesthetic pleasure) and people often identify with it.
People benefit from agricultural landscape in the vicinity of urban areas through the daily supply of produce and products or when, as tourists, they enjoy the beauty and other features of the environment. Agricultural landscape is subject of manifold interests. Its protection is therefore an important aspect of spatial planning.

The shapes, surfaces and edges that are found in the landscape are part of nature's primal writing, through which humans developed the ability to read and write – two attributes that distinguish them from other living beings. It is also because of this connection that it is imperative to preserve the cultural landscape and the agricultural land within it.
earthman, also known as claycky, is purportedly an ape-like creature that inhabits forests, caves and subterranean canyons, mainly in the karst areas of sub alpine regions. earthman is usually described as a large, bipedal humanoid, covered by a silicate armor. only male specimen have been seen so far. they are aggressive and like to help. they eat snakes, barley and snails. be aware of the earring.

parachutes are made of silk. people use them to descent from the sky, but garlic tribes with their hairy canopies they often use them to sink into its blue depths.

drive carefully. there was a cow on the road. now it is in your living room.
Photographs and photographic layouts, as those shown above, will have accompanying text in Slovenian and English for literal supplement to the content rich images. Photographs are prepared in provoking manner, encouraging the observer to employ the knowledge of agricultural produce, soil, texture of the food, landscape images and events on the farm, to understand the true content of the photo. Photographic layouts connect animal beings, plants and human body with landscape textures (soil, grass). 

Author of the photographs is acclaimed Slovenian photograph Marko Modic.
Writer of the accompanying text is Mr. Iztok Osojnik.

In Jakopič's esplanade in Tivoli park 120 images of big format (150 cm x 180 cm) will be exhibited in open space.


 Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana
Ministry for agriculture, forestry and food of Republic of Slovenia
Agricultural and forestry chamber of Slovenia
Ljubljana Tourism - Municipality of Ljubljana

Organising comittee for the exhibition
dr. Marina Pintar, Marko Modic, Iztok Osojnik, dr. Ana Kučan, dr. Franc Lobnik, dr. Vesna Zupanc, mag. Matjaž Glavan

Visiting Exhibition

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