Nika Autor finished her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana (BA and MA), and her PhD in Practice at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her practice is primarily based on experimental videos and documentary films, film essays, newsreels and spatial video and film installations. The focus of her work is the research of the invisibilities/inaudibilities pointing to concealed topics of the forgotten past and the silenced present. Her work focuses on the production of particular images, specific constructions of collective memory, as well as on personal/oral narratives, and examines asylum and migration policies, workers rights and politics of memory. She is part of the collective Newsreel Front (Obzorniška Fronta), an informal collective of workers coming from the field of film theory and art practice.
Eight framed texts 30cm/20cm, inscription on the wall and photo of Slava Klavora ( 30cm/20cm)
For Slava is based on the materials from the Museum of National Liberation Maribor, folder number 1–7, Slava Klavora. The work is deals with a haunting personal and collective history and draws on archive material related to Slava Klavora, a female member of the Slovenian underground, who was tortured and killed by the German occupiers in Maribor in early 1941. After the war, she was presented as a national hero. Among the texts copied from the archive material – in a gesture of re-enactment – there is an inscription on the wall, the very words that were engraved by the female resistance fighter in her cell: “Say nothing. Know nothing. Know Nobody.” Next to the text, there is an attempt at a reinterpretation of one of the few photographs of Slava Klavora.
The work was exhibited at:
- The News is Ours, MSUM, Museum for contemporary art Metelkova, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2015
- Shoot you dogs!!, Galery Loža, Obalne galerije Piran, Koper, Slovenia, 2015
- Film d'actualites- l'actu est a nous, Newsreel 55 - The News is Ours, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France, 2014