Biennale History





JS 1Janez was born in 1965 in the United States to Slovenian parents. He has been photographing since the late 70s and has had personal and group exhibitions in the United States, Russia and Slovenia. He is curator of the "Workshop on the Mount" Art-Group in Moscow and leads a programme of academic study,"Arts and Spirituality: Creativity as a Spiritual Process" at the Jesuit Institute of St. Thomas in Moscow where he currently lives and works as a Jesuit priest.

In 2005, he wrote and defended a licentiate thesis in biblical theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Boston, USA with the title, "Seeing is Believing and Believing is Seeing: A Contemplative Dialog between Scripture, Photography and Personal Experience". This work is a reflection on the religious imagination of Scripture, and how it can inspire meaning in the individual and in contemporary culture through photography.

Since 2010, the "Workshop on the Mount" Art-Group has been a core group of five professional artists, which investigates perennial human questions such as desire, death, freedom, father and transcendence through their art. The group together JS 2formulates the project concept and then investigates it through a dialogue with Scripture philosophy theology and contemporary culture. The Group's goal through reflection is to come to find the deeper meanings of the words used to describe or name human realities whose meanings are often superficially assumed or even ignored without a deep awareness of the reality of the thing in question. Over the course of a particular project, usually about nine months, the artists discuss and investigate while creating their own individual "answers" to the question at hand within a dynamic of seminar-type group work. The Group then integrates each individual project into the final exposition. The Workshop primarily produces contemporary art photography, video and installations.


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