Acclaimed Klavdij Sluban photographs bought for Guernsey
- Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery
- Published 6 January 2015
A collection of works by the internationally celebrated French-Slovenian photographer Klavdij Sluban have been bought by Guernsey Museum with support from the Art Fund.
Klavdij Sluban was born in France in 1963 to Slovenian parents, and grew up in the Slovenian village of Livold. He returned to France at age seven, eventually establishing a permanent base in Paris.
His work shows a diverse range of influences, from his early education in Anglo-American literature and work translating Slovenian poetry, through to his work as freelance photographer documenting war in Yugoslavia and Slovenian recession. He was awarded the Niépce Prize for French photographers in 2000 and the European Publishers Award for Photography in 2009.
In 2014, Sluban was commissioned to create an exhibition for the Guernsey Photography Festival. The resulting work, Inhabiting Exile, was the culmination of his residency at Hauteville House. Taking as its subject the interior and grounds of the house, the photographs explore the interplay of light and shadow within the building, focusing on individual details and objects, from a thrown shadow to a piece of lace.
Jean-Christophe Godet, director of Guernsey Photography Festival, said: 'With this new international artist commission, the Guernsey Photography Festival aims to continue celebrating and promoting the unique identity of the Channel Islands.
'Thanks to the Art Fund and the close relationship developed over the years with the Guernsey Museums, I am delighted that such an important photographic body of work will remain in Guernsey.'
The Art Fund contributed half of the purchase price of the collection, which will be displayed in future exhibitions at the museum as part of its expanding collection of contemporary art.