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Biography of Klavdij Sluban
© Jean-Christophe Béchet

© Jean-Christophe Béchet

  • Biography

    Winner of the European Publishers Award for Photography 2009, of the Leica Prize (2004) and of the Niépce Prize, main French prize in photography, (2000), Klavdij Sluban is a French photographer of Slovenian origin born in Paris on 3.3.63.
    He develops a rigorous and coherent body of work, never inspired by immediate and sensational current affairs, making him one of the most interesting photographers in so –called “author-photography”. The Balkans, the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, Central America, Russia and China can be read as many successive steps of an in-depth study of a patient proximity to the encountered real. His images are on show in such leading institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Photography of Tokyo, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the Museum of Photography in Helsinki, the Fine Arts Museum in Canton…
    His many books include Entre Parenthèses, (Photo Poche, Actes Sud), Transverses, (Maison Européenne de la Photographie) and Balkans -Transit, with a text by François Maspero (Le Seuil).
    Since 1995, Sluban runs photography workshops with young offenders in prison. First originated in France, in the prison of Fleury-Mérogis with support from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Marc Riboud and William Klein, this commitment was pursued in the disciplinary camps and prisons of Eastern Europe –Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldavia, Latvia – and in the disciplinary centres of Moscow and St Petersburg, and lately in Ireland and Central America (Guatemala and Salvador).

  • Shows

    2011
    ‘View York – Nine Perceptions’, DAI Tübingen (until February 2012)
    ‘View York – Nine Perceptions’, Galerie °CLAIR, Munich

    2010
    Rencontres d’Arles 2010 – Festival de Photographies – 41ème édition, « Transsibériades », le Magasin
    électrique
    Palazzo Duchi d’Acquaviva, Museo Archeologico, « ALL’EST DELL’EST », Atri Festival, Italy
    Centre d’Art Contemporain de La Base Sous Marine, Bordeaux, 19ème édition d’Itinéraires des Photographes
    Voyageurs, « De Transverses à Transsibériades » (1991-2009)
    Museo Nacional de Antropología de el Salvador (MUNA), « Tiempo suspendido », photographs by the
    young inmates from Tonacatepeque and Izalco, Salvador, done during workshops lead by K.Sluban in
    2010 with youngsters from maras (gangs) in prison

    2009
    Rencontres d’Arles, official prize-giving: European Publishers Award for Photography 2009,
    presentation and projection, Théâtre Antique
    Galerie Taïss, Paris
    Artcurial/Paris
    Photo Beijing Art Fair, Photo Beijing 2009, Lipao gallery
    Photo Beijing 2009, Aura gallery
    L’Imagerie, Lannion, France

    2008
    Museum of Texas Tech University, Texas, USA
    Hôtel de Sauroy gallery, Paris, « Mois de la Photo » official selection
    Photography biennale, Lyon, France, exhibition of the assignment «Forth and back», colour photographs
    and slideshow 5’30’’
    Beau Geste gallery, Shanghai
    Espace Saint-Cyprien, Toulouse, France
    Plazza 66 gallery/Life Magazine, Shanghai

    2007
    Aura gallery, Shanghai, China (catalogue 98 pages)
    Bolzano Arts Centre, Italy
    Fine-Arts Museum, Caen, France
    Sirius Arts Centre, Ireland
    Fotografia Europea, Photography Festival of Reggio Emilia, Chiostri di San
    Domenico, Italy, exhibition of the assignment on Berlin (group catalogue 372p)

    2006
    Harvard University, USA
    Museum of Modern Art, Guatemala City
    National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia (catalogue)
    Guangzhou Museum of Art, Canton, China (retrospective exhibition with catalogue, 320pp.)
    Shanghai Art Museum, Meishuguan, China
    National Museum, Krakow, Poland

    2005
    Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
    National Museum of Estonia
    Festival of Photography in Central America, Son Jose, Costa Rica (catalogue)

    2004
    Millennium Museum for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
    Gallery of Art of the Union of Artists, Riga, Latvia
    Festival Chroniques Nomades, Honfleur, France
    Cloître St.-Louis Avignon, France

    2003
    Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia (catalogue 106 pages)
    International Festival of Photography Pingyao, China (catalogue 28 pages)
    Image et Paysage, 16 French photographs, Jakarta Indonesia (exhibition & catalogue
    organised by AFAA)
    International Festival of Skopelos Centre of Photography, Greece (catalogue)

    2002
    Transverses: Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
    Ten-year Retrospective of photography (monograph 188 pages)
    «!Pablo de la Torriente Brau!» gallery, Havana, Cuba
    «!Jerusalem(s)!», presented in East and West Jerusalem and in occupied territories (Gaza)
    «!Paradise Lost!», Galerie du Château d’Eau, (catalogue 28 pages)
    Encontros da Imagem, Braga festival, Portugal

    2001
    Musée d’art haïtien, Port-au-Prince, Haïti
    Photography gallery, Santo-Domingo, Dominican Republic
    Centre Méditerranéen de la Photographie, Bastia
    Historical Museum of Tbilissi, “The Caravanserail” gallery, Georgia

    2000
    FNAC Photo Galleries, winner of the Prix Niepce
    « Rencontres du livre européen », Museum of Literature, Sarajevo
    Pouchkine Museum, Odessa, Ukraine. (catalogue 34 pages)

    1999
    Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris group assignment and exhibition
    (catalogue 108 pages)

    1998-2000
    « Around the Black Sea » presented in the countries of the Black Sea with support of French Cultural
    Institutes and Centres.

    1998
    K. Sluban et les jeunes détenus de Fleury-Mérogis: les lieux d’un piège.
    Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Mois de la Photo Paris, (group catalogue, 328 pages)
    Grazia Neri gallery, Milano, Italy

    1997
    Tokyo Today, Metropolitan Museum of Photography of Tokyo. Travelling exhibition throughout Japan
    and Europe: Royal Museum of Architecture in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Luxembourg…(group catalogue
    126 pages).
    Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles, Palais de l’Archevêché, France
    Palazzo Pubblico, Sienna, Italy
    Encontros de Fotografia in Coimbra, Galeria do Atrio, Portugal

    1995-1996
    Balkans – Transit presented in the Balkans with support of French Institutes.

    1995
    5th International Photography Biennale, Fondazzione Rivetti, Torino, Italy

    1994
    D’Est en Ouest, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Beaubourg-Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
    (catalogue, Filigranes ed., 24 pages)

  • Publications

    ‘View York – Nine Perceptions’, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2011
    Transsibériades, European Publishers Award for Photography 2009
    Actes Sud, France/ East to East, Dewi Lewis, England/ Go East, Braus, Germany/ East to East,
    Lunwerg, Spain/ All’Est dell’Est, Peliti, Italy/ Apeiron, Greece/
    150 pages, foreword by Erri De Luca.
    Klavdij Sluban 10 ans de photographie en prison – L’oeil Électrique Éditions, Rennes, France DVD on 10
    years of photography in prisons.
    Entre Parenthèses, Photo Poche, Ed. Actes Sud 2005, (coll. Société), 10 ans de photographies sur les adolescents
    en prison (France, ex-Yugoslavia, Ex-Soviet Union).
    Balkans – Transit, text by François Maspero, Seuil ed., Paris 1997 (Prix Radio France Internationale, paperback).
    La Confusion des Genre en Photographie, Bibliothèque Nationale de France ed., Paris 2001,
    (with texts by Mark Haworth-Booth, Anne Wilkes Tucker,…).
    Transverses, Maison Européenne de la photographie, Paris 2002.

  • Awards

    European Publishers Award for Photography 2009
    Centre National des Arts Plastiques/Ministry of Culture, 2008
    Prix Leica, Medal of Excellence, 2004
    Prix Niepce, 2000
    Fiacre Fellowship Ministry of Culture, 2001
    Villa Médicis Hors-les-Murs, 1998
    Fellowship for workshops in prisons, DRAC Ile-de France, 1996

  • Filmography

    Series Derrière la Page, Coup d’oeil/Arte, Metropolis, 8min, 2002
    Series Photos-Photographes, Cndp/La 5, 13min, 2001
    In Henri Cartier-Bresson L’amour tout court, Les Films a Lou/Arte, 90min. 2001
    Metropolis, Arte 15 min, 1997

  • Special Projects

    In 1995, Klavdij Sluban created a photography workshop for teenagers in the Juvenile Detention Centre
    in Fleury-Mérogis (South of Paris, the biggest jail in Europe). The adolescents were taught a creative approach,
    development and printing in photography. Their work was regularly shown inside the jail. Photographer
    Henri Cartier-Bresson attended several times a year from the beginning of the project, as did photographers
    William Klein and Marc Riboud who also attended to encourage the participating adolescents.
    From 1998 to 2004, following these projects, K.Sluban started working with young prisoners in the former
    Soviet-Union (Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Latvia), with similar photographic exchange.
    In 2000, he created another photography workshop in Celje, Slovenia, in the only national prison for teenagers.
    In 2006, K. Sluban created new photography workshops at Saint-Patrick’s Institution, Dublin, Ireland.
    Since 2007, he has been working with teenagers from gangs (“maras”) in Central America: in Zona 18 and
    Chimaltenango jails in Guatemala and in Izalco and Tonacatepeque jails in Salvador.

  • Collections

    Fonds National d’art Contemporain, Paris
    Bibliothèque Nationale de France
    Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
    Musée National d’art Beaubourg, Paris
    The Metropolitan Museum of Photography of Tokyo
    The collections of the FNAC galleries, Paris
    NSM Vie/ABN-AMRO, Paris
    Museum of Photography in Braga, Portugal
    Galerie du Château d’Eau de Toulouse, France
    Musée Réattu in Arles, France
    Museum Pouchkine in Odessa, Ukraine
    Shanghai Art Museum, Meishuguan, China
    Guangdong Museum of Art, China
    Reggio Emilia Museum of Art, Italy
    Harvard University/Edwin C. Cohen’s collection, USA