05-21-svetlobna gverila 2


Installation will be on display until 16th June.


Mátrai is often inspired by older artworks and sacral themes, but his paraphrases address us in an explicitly contemporary language characterized by modern technology. His work, presented for the first time here for the Slovenian audience, consists of an object made of pieces of mirrors and illuminated with three colored light sources. The light reflections create a special aura around the object, a wreath of colorful light beams that come to life whenever a bypasser and his shadow move past the object. The work draws inspiration from the Christian motif of the Holy Trinity, represented here by the three colours. The points where the three colours overlap and become one, turn white, symbolizing thus the redemptory unity of the triune deity.


Erik Mátrai (1977, Miskolc, Hungary) graduated in 2004 in painting at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in Budapest where he also completed his post-graduate doctoral studies. He often relies on the medium of light in his creations, where he focuses on the audio-visual layouts, while he's also interested in the world of high technology and of the digital. He received several prestigious awards, grants and residencies, realizing thus a big number of individual exhibitions in several European countries. He lives and works in Budapest.



Lighting installations, objects and projections presented in the streets and squares of Ljubljana but also in two gallery settings constitute the core of the festival which this year celebrates its twelfth annyiversary. The festival is content-wise dedicated to thematization of colours in the context of contemporary art. The selected projects, among which there are many new productions, explore the rich symbolism and expressiveness of colours as well as their role in achieving different visual effects.


Finally, colours also serve as a system of labeling and communication; as such they're not only an important element of art, but of everyday life as well. They often influence the viewer's perception and their mental state and they frequently function as some kind of landmark for orientation and a source of information. The featured projects address our attitudes towards both colours and towards all visible things too: they aim for playful discoveries of colour effects through delving into exploration of different meanings and human understanding of the colour spectrum, so they often create astounding and aethetically pleasing ambiental effects.


The festival again consists of two main parts: one is the opening of the festival with projects in the Vžigalica gallery and its surroundings, while the other is another series of events that takes place in the Cukrarna palace for the second time in a row. Apart from the festival events on the Museum Summer Night (16.6.), this year we'll celebrate the first International Day of Light (16.5.) as well. Just as in the past years, we've reached out to several educational institutions in Ljubljana and numerous individuals, partners and coproducers to prepare a workshop program for the Lighting Guerrilla Laboratory part of the festival this year too.