Jasmina Cibic (b. Ljubljana 1979) works in film, sculpture, performance and installation to explore ‘soft power’ – how political rhetoric is deployed through art and architecture, particularly examining how cultural production is used by the state to communicate certain principles and aspirations. Through unfolding the complex entanglements of art, gender and state power, the artist encourages viewers to consider the strategies employed in the construction of national culture.
Gathering together symbols and iconographies, Cibic’s projects present a synthesis of gesture, stagecraft and re-enactment. Realised in films and installations, her on-going performative practice is an ‘enacted’ exercise in the dissection of statecraft. Her multi-layered approach draws together primary sources and falsified narratives. This wilful overwriting creates shifting meanings and highlights historical uncertainties and untruths, especially in the gendering of the past. Cibic plays a double-game, at once decoding mechanisms of power whilst building her own allegorical structures.
Jasmina represented Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial with her project “For Our Economy and Culture”. Her recent exhibitions include solo shows at: DHC/ART Fondation pour l’art contemporain Montreal, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead, Museum Haus Esters Krefeld, Aarhus 2017, Esker Foundation Calgary, MSU Zagreb, MOCA Belgrade, MSUV Novi Sad, MGLC Ljubljana and Ludwig Museum Budapest along with group exhibitions at MOMA New York, MUMA Monash University, 57th October Salon Belgrade, CCS BARD, Guangdong Museum of Art China, Pera Museum Istanbul, La Panacee Montpellier, City Gallery Wellington, MSUM Ljubljana and MNHA Luxembourg. Cibic’s films have been screened at FIAC Paris, Pula Film Festival, HKW Berlin, CCA Laznia, Les Rencontres Internationales Paris, Dokfest Kassel and Copenhagen International Documentary Festival. In 2016 Jasmina Cibic has been nominated for the Jarman Award and was the winner of the MAC International Ulster Bank and Charlottenborg Fonden awards.
Her latest monograph Spielraum is published by DISTANZ Verlag in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead and the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade; and NADA by Kunstmuseen Krefeld and Kerber Verlag. Jasmina Cibic has been shortlisted for the 2018 Jarman Award.