Performance by artist Bianca Baldi

eyes in the back of your head (an incantation)

Artistic Performance by Bianca Baldi

on Tuesday, 4 October 2016, at 18.00

at the Slovene Ethnographic Museum,
Metelkova 2, Ljubljana, Administration building

within the frame of Bianca Baldi's stay as SWICH artist in residence at Slovene Ethnographic Museum

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Following an invitation to establish the dialogue with the Slovene ethnographic museum's African collections visual artist Bianca Baldi has been in residence in Ljubljana. She explored the collections in April and May 2016 and has become interested in two collections by Anton Codelli and Leo Poljanec, obtained in Togo (1914). On the one hand a series of technical photographs show the construction of the first wireless transmitter to connect German colony Togo in West Africa with Germany, and on the other a collection of curious Islamic talismans suggests a mythological architecture to trap an evil spirit.

During her time at the SEM, Bianca Baldi has started to draw links between these two disparate artefacts as a means for taking into consideration the question of communication as another invisible tool for imperialism. In the second phase of her residency in September 2016 she has been working on the final event within the project, which is the artistic perfomance, entitled eyes in the back of your head (an incantation). She writes about the performance: "Eyes in the back of your head (an incantation) uses the image surface as a pathway to initiate a quest through a mythological architecture creating a tension between pictorial space, the map and territory."

Bianca Baldi

Bianca Baldi is a visual artist based between South Africa and the EU. Her video installations bring to the fore overlooked narrative strands and the hidden structures of power. In her work, through the focus on specific cultural or sociological artefacts, historical plots reveal complex webs of political, economic and cultural influences.

Baldi grew up in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and completed her Bachelor of Art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town. She pursued her postgraduate studies at the Städelschule, in Frankfurt am Main, and at IUAV University of Venice. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: The AV Festival 2016, Newcastle (UK); The ImageGenerator II, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp (BE); Open House, Kunstverein Braunschweig (DE); 19th Contemporary Art Festival SESC Videobrasil, São Paolo (BR); Sightings, KZNSA, Durban (ZA); The 8th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (DE), Zero Latitude at the Goethe Institut, Johannesburg (ZA).

for more information contact:
Tina Palaić: tina.palaic[at]

Date: 4 October 2016time: 6 pmWhere: Slovene Ethnographic MuseumAddress: Metelkova 2, Ljubljana




©Bianca Baldi 2016