21 June 2018

is a collective of artists Dušan Mandič (b. 1954), Miran Mohar (b. 1958), Andrej Savski (b. 1961), Roman Uranjek (b. 1961) and Borut Vogelnik (b. 1959), which comprises one of the core groups within the artists’ collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK).
IRWIN was founded in 1983 in Slovenia. Recent exhibitions include: ZKM /Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, State Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, MACBA, Barcelona (2011), Centre Pompidou, Paris,  The Israel Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel (2010), Moscow Biennial, Red October, Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Barcelona, Kunsthalle Krems,  Museum of Modern Art (MOMA),  Taipei Biennial, Taipei Art Museum (2008).
The members of the group live and work in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Back to USA
, 1984
Installation view :  Galerija ŠKUC, Ljubljana
(In the time of Back to USA project were Irwin members: Marko Kovačič, Dušan Mandič, Andrej Savski, Bojan Štokelj, Roman, Uranjek, Borut Vogelnik)
photo: Barbara Borčić
Courtesy of the artist

In the past 30 years, Irwin has become the most recognisable groups of artists in Slovenia and abroad. The only thing left to add is that the group consists of five members, and that it was founded in 1983. The project “Back to USA” brings us new information about the group - information which could scarcely be found in books and a project previously unknown to the public.
At the time the project was conceived, in 1984, the group did not include any of its (now famous) members. This year is important mainly because the Back to USA project is a recreation of an exhibition by the same name. A re-enactment of an exhibition coinciding with the original; copies of selected artworks made according to catalogue reproductions (because of their black and white reproduction, Irwin’s replicas of colour paintings or prints are also monochrome); the use of repetition as a reaction against contemporary cultural policies, or lack thereof – these are only the basic parameters of one of their first re-enacted projects of that period. The second revival, or the re-enactment of a re-enactment, prepared for the October Salon, also raises the issue of current cultural policies in former Yugoslav countries.



© Oktobarski salon Beograd
Belgrade October salon 2011

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