The artist and his fellow travelers made a four-day trek from Ljubljana to Rijeka along the former E6-YU trail. The expedition of seven – comprising, in addition to Huzjan, the Croatian tandem of artists Fokus grupa, curator Jani Pirnat, and Huzjan’s friends Katarina Černelič and Nejc Svete with their dog Linda – is an artistic act in the tradition of conceptual art and Land Art, reminiscent also of the context of the actions of the Slovenian neo-avant-garde group OHO. The artwork becomes a journey undertaken by the artist, who brings along his instruments, similarly as British artist Richard Long did a few years ago. Huzjan recorded impressions of the trip in short articles in the form of journal entries, published in the culture sections of the Slovenian daily Delo and the Croatian Novi list. The newspapers thus became galleries of sorts for this artistic action. At the exhibition, the articles are read out loud by museum attendants, these essential even though often invisible art gallery elements. Journeying and travel are frequent subjects in Huzjan’s art.
Ištvan Išt Huzjan (b. 1981, Ljubljana) graduated in 2005 at the Accademia di belle arti di Venezia. In 2009 he finished an artist-in-residency program at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and finished several residencies between 2010 and 2012, among others the National Art Studio in Changdong, Seoul, South Korea, and Lokaal 01 in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2010 he cofounded the artist collective Project Goleb in Amsterdam and in 2011 he was nominated for both the OHO award in Slovenia and the Henkel Art Award in Austria. His recent solo exhibitions include Revisiting the 1st m2, both at Galerija Gregor Podnar in Ljubljana and at Ricou Gallery in Brussels, and From Here to There at the Škuc Gallery in Ljubljana. His recent group exhibitions include The Present and Presence at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana, and Studio Verwey at De Hallen in Haarlem. He runs an exhibition space in Brussels called Coffre-Fort together with Gregoire Motte and Thibaut Espiau as the Artists Club.