"The Most Beautiful City in the World” is the well-known slogan of the mayor of Ljubljana, Zoran Janković, which embodies the goals of the city’s municipal policies. It has been adopted as the title of Matjaž Rušt and Robert Marin’s photoblog, where they regularly post photographs of urban scenes in Slovenia’s capital. In contrast with the political slogan that refers to the ideal of a well kempt, tidy city, the two artists also find beauty in, or above all in, its vulnerability. Often, though not exclusively, a result of spatial and social changes, this vulnerability explicitly demonstrates an ambivalent attitude toward Town Hall’s focus on order and tidiness, on smooth running, on constant development.
The motifs of their photographs represent collisions between two worlds that are drifting further and further apart. Their juxtaposition foregrounds the conditions of certain social groups in a quickly changing environment. These are raw, unembellished images of the world, scenes from the margins of society, glitches in the system, noises to which the artists are attuned. (Ana Mizerit)
Authors: Matjaž Rušt, Robert Marin
Edited by Jaka Babnik
Self published, 2015
Designed by Boštjan Pavletič
Dimensions: 16,5x23,5 cm