19 September – 30 September 2017
artKIT, Glavni trg 14, Maribor
Branimir Ritonja, I am guilty
Photographic exhibition by Branimir Ritonja, entitled I am guilty, at the artKIT Gallery, Glavni trg 14, Maribor.
Branimir Ritonja, a noted portrait, conceptual and documentary photographer from Maribor, is presented on this occasion in the frame of the local Photography Festival, with a cycle entitled I am guilty, a series of portraits of well-known artists photographed as prisoners. “I am as guilty as anyone of you,” says the artist, paraphrasing a famous Hollywood text, and putting in context the fact that any artist is already guilty just for being an artist.
About the artist:
Branimir Ritonja (1961) graduated from the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security. His curiosity about photography started in elementary school, as he developed his first black-and-white photographs in the darkroom. Through the course of his career his works were presented in more than 600 group and 47 solo exhibitions home and abroad, receiving over 110 awards, among them the French Photographers’ Association Award Plaque, and the Glazer Prize and Charter in recognition of his artistic achievements. In 1981 he joined Maribor’s Fotoklub, and was introduced, among others, to Ivan Dvoršak, who later became his first long-time mentor. In the same year his work Starec (Old man) received several awards. In 1986, another prize-winning work, Deklica z jabolkom (Girl with an Apple) was created, one of his first photographs in the photographics technique, which testifies to the artist’s continuous desire to experiment and discover within the medium of photography. In 2002 he was first voted president of Fotoklub Maribor. An important experience and influence was his participation in various art colonies and a number of study visits to different countries and cities across Europe. He has been a member of the Union of Slovenian Fine Arts Associations (ZDSLU) and the Maribor Fine Artists’ Society (DLUM) since 2007. Among his most notable series are Portreti mariborskih umetnikov in Glazerjevih nagrajencev (Portraits of Maribor’s Artists and Glazer Award Winners, 2011), Arhitektura in portreti (Architecture and Portraits, 1987), Svetlobne skice (Light Sketches, 1988/98), Sin Salida (2001), 20 (2003), Mariborska dvorišča (Maribor Courtyards, 2001–2004), Nedeljsko jutro (Sunday Morning, 2004/05), Predmestja (Suburbs, 2006), Motivni kontrasti (Motif Contrasts, 2005), Kaznilnica (Penitentiary, 2010–14), Portreti umetnikov (Artists’ Portraits, 2011), Navadni ljudje (Ordinary People, 2013), Portret (Portrait, 2016), Rob mesta (City Edge), etc.
Tuesday, 19 September 2017, at 6 p. m. – exhibition opening
Wednesday, 20 September 2017, at 10 a. m. – breakfast with the artist
Kindly welcome. Free entry.
The exhibition will be showing until 30 September 2017.
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artKIT Gallery, Glavni trg 14, Maribor Tue–Fri 10 a. m.–1 p. m. and 5 p. m.–7 p. m., Sat 10 a. m.–1 p. m.