Janez Janša (visual artist)

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Žiga Kariž (born in 1973 as Žiga Kariž in Ljubljana, changed his name to Janez Janša in 2008, but again changed his name back to Žiga Kariž in 2012) is one of the three contemporary artists who in 2007 changed their names[1] to Janez Janša, the name of the Slovenian right-wing politician Janez Janša. He is a visual artist.

His main focus is more in the ideology of painting itself rather than in expanding the field of painting. He represents the younger generation of artists, who problematise the field of painting through the use of media image and a free relationship with various technological processes. He deconstructs the social role of painting and the position of the viewer. The theme of his paintings is often media, especially film, which continues to shape his perception most today.

In 2003, at the Venice Biennale he hung his paintings in the homes of temporary owners and the paintings had built-in cameras that transmitted images to the gallery in real time. These were paintings from the series titled Terror=decor, which examines how both media and artistic imagery, especially modern imagery, changes into décor in the service of capitalism.

In September 2008, Mladina published a biography of the tree Janez Janšas[2][3] and a month later he co-edited together with Janez Janša (director) and Janez Janša (performance artist) the book NAME Readymade.[4]


  1. ^ Webpage about the official name change "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 17, 2015. Retrieved 2012-07-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Marcel Štefančič Jr. (2008). Janez Janša - Biografija, Mladina, Ljubljana.
  3. ^ Janezi Janše o Janezu Janši, Večer, 24. 9. 2008. Maribor
  4. ^ NAME Readymade, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša (eds), Moderna galerija and Revolver, Ljubljana 2008

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