I like Slovenia and Slovenia likes me (2021)

Performance (72 h), Light Installation







“I like Slovenia and Slovenia likes me” is a performance piece by Lucija Ostan Vejrup and Lina Akif, who initially found inspiration in the famous work of Joseph Beuys “I like America and America likes me”. The title of the new work provokes us to see the irony in stating such a statement in the current political climate in Slovenia. The two artists spend 72 hours in a gallery space with fifteen chickens. Not only is the geographical shape of our country in the form of chickens, but also the chickens personality traits, for example domesticity and simplicity, are reminiscent of the characteristics of Slovenes. The performance draws parallels and observes the geographical shape of our country in the form of chickens, but also the chickens personality traits, for example domesticity and simplicity, are reminiscent of the characteristics of Slovenes. The performance draws parallels and observes the power relations between chicken-man and citizen-state. In the interaction between the human world and the animal world a common space is formed, in which peacefully coexist is sought, in a way where the human experience is not valued higher than the chicken's experience.




Lina Akif (1995) is currently a student of the master's program of acting at the Academy of Theater, Radio, Film and Television, under the mentorship of Boris Ostan. She also graduated from the undergrad program of acting AGRFT, under the mentorship of Nataša Barbara Gračner and Sebastian Horvat. During her studies she started performing in professional theaters like MGL, PG Kranj, SLG Celje and Mini Theater. Currently, as part of her master's thesis, she explores her foreignness in her own homeland, national identity and racism.

Lucija Ostan Vejrup (1999) is a first-year student of acting at the National Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television, with a broad interest for popular culture and social affairs, with a high school international Baccalaurete Diploma form, which she got in Denmark.
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