The Topical Applications 2 exhibition addresses the issue of the disappearance of the body in the beauty industry’s materials, procedures and products, from which the body reemerges as a surface to be designed and augmented. In this process the surface of the body – the skin – is not so much an attribute of physical human tissue than cosmetic products’ “special effects”. Skincare is marked by notions of a hyperdesigned surface, separated from the body and apparently untouched, pristine.
Simultaneously with this exhibition, Živa Božičnik Rebec is showing her work – two objects from her previous Topical Applications project (2017) – at the 9th Triennial of Contemporary Art U3 at the Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art. This solo presentation in the Draught series puts the remaining objects from the said project on display, adding also two new works that expand on the topic.
Živa Božičnik Rebec graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana in 2014 with a degree in glass and ceramics design, and followed up with her MFA studies in sculpture there. She has exhibited her work at home and abroad, among others at the Simulaker Gallery, Novo mesto (2017), the Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana (2018), the Cmurek Castle (2015), and the international Fashion/Art Toronto show, Toronto, Canada (2014). In 2019, she was in a residence program at the Karlin Studios center (FUTURA Center of Contemporary Art, Prague).
Draught is a series of solo exhibitions on the ground floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova presenting fresh new ideas in the field of contemporary art; this exhibition is curated by Tjaša Pogačar.