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The exhibition of an installation by the Slovenian artist Tadej Pogacar sees the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen continue its series of shows presenting artists from Eastern Europe. Here installations are becoming an increasingly popular form of expression in which aesthetic and political demands are combined. Their works always deal – some more, some less directly – with current social upheaval and also with the attempt to come to terms with the past.

The collapse of the socialist system raised the question of identity. Visions have been shattered and old views must be reconsidered. Slovenia quickly created a new political reality when it was internationally recognised as an independent state.

Tadej Pogacar, who is one of the most important artists in contemporary Slovenia, provided his country’s art scene with essential intellectual and artistic work. He places traditional thought structures in a kind of “laboratory”, creating space for experimentation. He is interested in scientific perspectives in the context of their time. The installation “Two Rulers”, which will be on view at ifa’s Friedrichstraße Gallery, also deals with the past and its traces in an attempt to reconstruct an identity.