Janez Janša (director)
6 February 1964|
Rijeka, Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
|Alma mater||University of Ljubljana|
Janez Janša (born 6 February 1964 as Emil Hrvatin) is one of the three contemporary artists who changed their names in 2007 to Janez Janša, the name of the Slovenian centre-right politician Janez Janša. He is an editor, theatre and film director, and contemporary performing artist.
Since 1999 he has been the director of the Maska publishing house in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
In 2007, he and other two Slovene contemporary artists together officially changed their names to Janez Janša, the name of the Slovenian centre-right politician Janez Janša.
He regularly curates interdisciplinary workshops around Europe and the United States and he is the initiator of the organization P.E.A.C.E. – Peacekeepers' Entertainment, Art and Cultural Exchange (with Mare Bulc).
He wrote a book on Flemish artist and theatre maker Jan Fabre. As an editor, he has published numerous essays on contemporary theatre and art, also working as a performance artist, and video and film maker. As performer he was involved in the improvisation project At the Table curated by Meg Stuart.
In 2000, European biennale of contemporary arts, Manifesta 3, was opened by his "Drive in Camillo".
In 2006, he made a reconstruction of the piece from 1969, "Pupilija, Papa Pupilo and the Pupilecks", presented at Slovenian National Theatre in 2007.
He created a series of performances dealing with the status of performance in neoliberal societies, such as a tear donnor session and interdisciplinary artistic and research project The First World Camp.
He did a reconstruction action Mount Triglav with the other two artists called Janez Janša on Mount Triglav.
In 2012, in context of Janez Janša being accused of Machiavellian political maneuvering when he took the Prime minister's seat instead of Zoran Jankovič who was relative winner at the 2011 elections, the three Janez Janšas have together filmed a documentary about the name change, My name is Janez Janša (Jaz sem Janez Janša).
- 1994 Jan Fabre - La discipline du chaos, le chaos de la discipline, Armand Colin, Paris.
- 1996 Presence, Representation, Theatricality: Maska, Ljubljana.
- 2001 Theories of Contemporary Dance: Maska, Ljubljana.
- Webpage about the official name change "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 17, 2015. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
- Kotar, Tamara. 2009. Slovenia. In: Lavinia Stan (ed.), Transitional Justice in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union: Reckoning with the Communist Past, pp. 200–220. London: Routledge, p. 208.
- Marcel Štefančič Jr. (2008). Janez Janša - Biografija, Mladina, Ljubljana.
- Janezi Janše o Janezu Janši, Večer, 24. 9. 2008. Maribor
- NAME Readymade, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša (eds), Moderna galerija and Revolver, Ljubljana 2008
- www.mynameisjanezjansa.com, homepage of the documentary "My name is Janez Janša"
- Nedokončani film "Jaz sem Janez Janša" buri duhove - Homoerotika, posnetki fašistov in nacistov menda sporni v nastajajočem dokumentarcu umetnika Janeza Janše, Delo, Ljubljana.
- Janez Janša: Viba film nima kompetence za ocenjevanje vsebine, Dnevnik, 6. 4. 2012, Ljubljana.