Welcome to Aleš Bravničar’s Miniverse at the Ljubljana Airport

Since yesterday, the passenger terminal at the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has been graced with an exhibition by Aleš Bravničar, called Miniverse II. It will be on display to departing passengers until 31 October.

The project was developed with the support of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. and in cooperation with Galerija Fotografija, where Bravničar has previously exhibited this series of photographs. This time he has added a few photos and slightly changed the presentation, and put it on display right where the majority of the trips on which the photographs in the exhibition were taken began and ended.

In Miniverse II, the photographer depicts actual places through his lens as miniature models. Galerija Fotografija described them in an accompanying text as a piece of the world which in its vastness extends through unlimited space. If you were to remove the component of depth, you would instantly arrive at a tiny miniature which had little in common with reality. These places would become their own simulacra, products of a synthesis of the actual locations and their virtual miniaturization. Furthermore, the newly-created images would, reminiscent of detailed and carefully constructed models, raise questions about every difference between the real and the imaginary, the true and the false.

At Aerodrom Ljubljana we believe that with Bravničars exhibition we have given the passenger terminal and the experience of travelling new content and new value. Miniverse II entirely fulfils this mission through its content, aesthetic, the quality of the artist and the gallery that represents him. Furthermore, it offers Slovenian and foreign travellers an opportunity to become familiar with Slovenian artistic photography.

The exhibition will be on display until 31 October. After the day of the opening it will be viewable only by passengers travelling from the airport or by prior agreement at tel. +386 (0)4 206 1115 or by e-mail at lea.jarc@lju-airport.si

More about Aleš Bravničar:
Aleš Bravničar (b. 1975) became seriously involved in photography in the mid-1990s and soon became one of Slovenias most sought-after photographers.
He works in fashion, editorial and commercial photography, and has also created several series of original photographs, which he has presented at solo exhibitions (Route 66, BOF, Ljubljana 2003; Pop!, Mala galerija CD, Ljubljana 2006; Miniverse, Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana 2008; Antiheroes, MAXI, Ljubljana 2010).
He has participated in numerous group exhibitions (Salon of Modern Slovenian Photography, Ljubljana Fairgrounds, Ljubljana 2003; Figurae Cameris, Regional Post-Secondary Centre, Ptuj 2004; Erotica - salon of modern erotic photography 2004; Erotica 2 - salon of modern erotic photography, Galerija Photon, Ljubljana 2005; Foto8; HOST Gallery (Summershow), London 2009; Mall Galleries, London 2009. Kalman Krane Gallery, Brighton 2010; New York Photo Festival 2010; VII Gallery New York 2010. His series of photographs entitled What did the Dolphin See? earned honorary mention from the jury at Slovenia Press Photo Awards 2009, and his series of photographs entitled Androgynous took first place (best story) at Slovenia Press Photo Awards 2010.
Aleš Bravničar lives and works in Ljubljana. He is represented by Galerija Fotografija.