In the summer 2007 three artists from Slovenia legally changed their names to “Janez Janša”. This life event introduced a break into their artistic practice, which evolved into one of the most radical explorations of life in the age of biopolitics. Featuring a text by Domenico Quaranta, this book documents and discusses their recent work, a continuum that is sometimes produced by companies and institutions as a reaction to their life, sometimes by isolating and documenting specific moments in their life. ID cards, passports and bank cards become the means of a research that undermines the very concepts of “art” and “artwork”, and that challenges both the economic and legal systems in their attempt to regulate our existence in the world, and the art system in its attempt to determine and protect the value of an art piece, while actively seeking for the complicity of both in order to exist.
Domenico Quaranta, book presentation @+MSUM, Ljubljana, 10 January 2014