Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša (Eds.)
What they said about our name change
“They make sure that we, the public, wouldn't miss who had actually changed their names. I will call this a gesture of securing a terrain for future branding and money. (...) Insisting today on the name, 2009 and onward, (on its total appropriation), is precisely the true signifier of a complete postmodern fascistic nature of this and similar projects.”
Marina Gržinić – Biopolitics, Necropolitics and De-Coloniality
“The multiplication of the name as a signifier leads to the disappearance of the referent, and the aforementioned motto of the party now has to be taken literally: the more individuals called Janez Janša there are, the faster we can achieve the goal of the emptying out of the subject, its de-subjectification and the establishment of the empty signifier.”
Blaž Lukan – The Janez Janša Project
“The person whose name has been assumed by the artists has not responded to their acts; his silence and non-responsiveness signal his tacit support for them, for the artists have not caused him any harm; in fact, they have added extra value to his name and are actively promoting it. The artists are giving their audiences what the latter like to see and hear: a cheap, entertaining and harmless provocation.”
Petra Kapš – The Construction and Re-staging of (the) Slovenian(-ness of) Art:
the Endless Triglav
“The renaming is not political in the sense of commenting on the daily political events in our country or commenting on the life and work of Prime Minister Janez Janša, but political in the sense that it instantly swings the net of meanings in our society, it shakes the boundaries between art and politics, the public and the private, and offers itself as a riddle still waiting to be solved.”
Jela Krečič – The Three New Janez Janšas
“When the three artists changed their names to Janez Jansa, they in fact adopted a critical stand to the state. To the Slovene government, in which until recently all posts seemed occupied as it were by a single person – Janez Jansa. (...) Through the multiplication of Janez Jansa’s name, the function of the prime minister has assumed, within this specific artistic action, a similar position as the Campbell soup cans in Andy Warhol’s works.”
Zdenka Badovinac – What Is the Importance of Being Janez?
“(...) the gesture is—from now on—in constant process: it will be semiotised in connection with their every new work of art and public appearance, therefore it will take some turns unprecedented in other known forms of subversive affirmation.”
Rok Vevar – The more we are the faster we will reach the goal!