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SLUBAN, Klavdij


Born in 1963 in Paris.

Lives and works in Paris.

Klavdij Sluban is the recipient of the European Publishers Award for Photography (EPAP Prize, 2009), Leica Prize (2004) and the Niepce Prize (2000). Often imbued with literary references, his slowly evolving photographic cycles turn their backs on immediate and sensational current affairs.

From the Balkans to the Black Sea, the former Soviet Union to China, Central America to the Kerguelen Islands, Klavdij Sluban’s journeys can be read as an encounter between the reality of the moment and the inner feelings of this photographer assailed by the impulse to wander. Fiercely independent, he develops rigorous and coherent work, making him one of the most interesting “art” photographers of his generation.

Since 1995, in the process of questioning enclosed spaces and encircled horizons, he has been running workshops with young prison inmates. This commitment, which began in France (Fleury-Mérogis prison), was then pursued in disciplinary camps in Easter Europe and most recently with the Maras in Central America.

Klavdij Sluban presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 1997: Balkan at the Palais de l’Archevêché; in 2010: East to East at the Magasin Electrique and in 2012 with Laurent Tixador, Résidence de création aux îles Kerguelen à l’Atelier de Mécanique.