Collateral Damage 2018

I am a volunteer firefighter in Slovenia and with firefighters, we see a lot of different accidents. One of the biggest and sometimes even for firefighter the scariest is a forest fire because it’s hard to handle it down and can spread really fast. We are all the time trying to save as much as it’s possible, but sometimes you can’t save them all. I show body, that was not able to be saved. Usually after forest fires, we hear only about financial damage, nobody tells us how many animals died inside the fire, how many animals lost their homes, how many animals watched their friends die. When the fire goes out, it remains only the anthropocentric body, the rest of the body. For human »just« the Collateral Damage.

Transition 2019

The door has a strong symbolic meaning in different cultures. They are also one of the first things that emergency services see when they arrive at the scene of the accident. There are a lot of questions in our head in front of the door. What awaits us on the other side, who is there and what are the injuries, how many, what I will do as soon as I get in, how will I do it, or will I do everything in my power to save all that can be saved. We are all the time trying to save as much as it’s possible, but sometimes you can’t save them all. We try to protect people from whatever misfortune comes their way, we put out their fires, tend their wounded, pull the dead from the car wreck, trying to keep them safe and protect them from the evil truth. From the constant mental playback, with screens of screams, death, bleed, the smell of death, burned, … Because all of that none of us gets through unscathed. We know how good it feels to not see the realities that linger just out of sight.

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Ana Kavčnik


Ana Kavčnik, born 1992 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She graduated 2016 in the subject of sculpture from the Faculty of Education – Art Education, under the mentorship of Professor Mirko Bratuša. From 2014 to 2017, she was a student demonstrator at the Gallery UL PEF. In 2017 she went on an Erasmus + study exchange at the Academy of Arts and Design E. Geppert in Wroclaw, Poland, Department of Ceramics and Glass, under the mentorship of Assistant Professor Michał Puszczyński and Professor Przemysław Lasak. She exhibited her works in Slovenia, Latvia, China, Poland and Croatia. Mark Rothko Art Centre in Daugavpils, Latvia owns one of her works. In 2018 she won the grand prize at Ex terra Krško 2018. Currently, she is working as a technical assistant at the Art Education department, at the Faculty of Education in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She also works as a volunteer firefighter and first responder, which is inspiring her works and influences her artistic expression.

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