The die Drohnen exhibition presents the latest work by social critic, painter, and musician Uroš Weinberger. His lengthy artistic career is based on depicting idyllic scenes, dressed into dystopic variants that instil disquiet and horror in the viewer. The technological and ideological evolution of human society has always been based on our wellbeing; however, we can feel in our own time and environment that progress means primarily the increasingly better illusion of freedom and society’s push towards ignorance.
The artworks are a window into the world of the sarcastic and ironic reality of our society, where plastic snakes have replaced mythological creatures and where drones are covered by unsuspecting and innocent creatures. According to the author, the worst nightmare is the one we can’t wake up from, and it appears that the conflicted social reality of today is that very kind. We speak of unprecedented global connection without a care, simultaneously turning our back on those who need help the most. The painted drones, therefore, aren’t just a symbol of the constant fear felt by the inhabitants of warzones, but a reminder of the responsibility and thoughtfulness that are brought on by any progress and that are the easiest to give up in the mindless rush towards immediate gratification.
Uroš Weinberger (1975) finished his postgraduate studies in Painting in 2005 at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. In 2001 he received the Prešeren Student Award. In 2002 he was invited to the National Academy of Arts in Sofia. In 2011 he received an award at the biennial exhibition A Look at Visual Arts in Slovenia 6: I, Here, Now. He attended the artistic residencies of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia in Berlin in 2009 and at Schafhof – Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern in Freising in 2013. He has been featured in numerous local and international exhibitions, both solo and group. He currently lives and works as an independent visual artist in Ljubljana.
Curated by: Tia Čiček
Organisation: Kino Šiška.