Nika Zbašnik, (Slovenia, 1982) studied Print and Time-based Media at the University of the Arts London, where she has been living since 2006. She presents her first solo show, a series of photos titled “Standstill. Oblivion.”
With a background in video, her photography has a filmic quality, sometimes approaching the same situation from different angles. Duality is a consistent theme her work, and this series is built upon on the divisions of nature – human, man – woman, young – old, spontaneous - contrived, real – ideal, and color – monochrome.
She is interested in persistence of our idea of nature’s purity and indestructibility even as the effects of natural destruction are ever more apparent. This series is an observation of the disappearance of people’s instinctual and primal behavior in the face of ever more present narrated and contrived behavior brought to us by the media, society and other external factors. The intention of the work is not to critique, but rather to provoke critical thinking and trigger constructive debate.