The fish smells from the head.

Symbolically but openly the authorities have been proving to us over the past two decades that, in their own specific way, they do care about culture, equality before the law, and the welfare of all Slovenian citizens. An instance of this is also their attempt to spare us the effort of straining our brains: not only is thinking a relatively strenuous activity, it can be downright dangerous. On top of that there is recession, another reason for being frugal with thinking. In the egalitarian spirit we strive to have brains of the same size and fullness. To this end, our leaders of peasant uprisings, Primož Trubar, Valentin Vodnik, France Prešeren, Ivan Cankar, and other great men from Slovenian history have already sacrificed sections of their heads. And while we’re beheading each other, two boys are engaged in homoerotic wrestling, vying for loot.

(Do geese see god? The nation shall be its own judge.)


Matija Plevnik is an art historian and curator; he serves as the director of the PLEVNIK-KRONKOWSKA Gallery in Celje, organizing exhibitions and promoting contemporary art practices. Kaja Avberšek is an illustrator, designer, and comic strip author. She holds a degree from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. She is on the board of editors of Stripburger, an international magazine for alternative art comic strip, the author of several comic book titles, and the designer of a series of interactive exhibitions of original musical instruments and animated sonic theater shows (in collaboration with composer and director Peter Kus). He has solo exhibition, participates in group exhibitions, and publishes her work at home and abroad. At the 4th Biennial of Visual Communications in Slovenia she won the Brumen Award for book cover.