Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrč between the 10 most important artists of today

Newsweek has on June 5th listed the 10 most important artists of today. Between them is also Slovenian artists Marjetica Potrč. And who are the others? Gillian Wearing, Christian Marclay, Artur Zmijewski, Tacita Dean, Sophie Calle, Francis Alys, Jeff Wall, Jeff Koons and “enfant terrible” of the British art Damien Hirst.

Newsweek writes about her:

She builds better worlds.

Marjetica Potrč has made some important art: she’s built dry toilets for Latin American slums and promoted a water jug for Africa that can also absorb the force of land mines. She’s taken the idea that art can change the world and made it come true. Sure, her art-world actions don’t do that much actual good. Instead, they do what art does best: they talk about how the world might be better.

“I believe in art. People need art to negotiate their world,” Potrč says. And the depth of that belief may be this artist’s true contribution.

Potrc (pronounced “PO-turtch,” with Marjetica sounding close to “Mari-EH-tee-tza”) was born in 1953 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she still lives. She got her start in architecture, but began making building-themed art about 15 years ago.

A typical Potrč begins with a structure or situation she finds in a distant place—say, Venezuela or Rajasthan, India—then tweaks to make more livable. “We should respect people in favelas, and learn from them, and their living conditions.” Other work comes closer to sculpture, as she mashes up constructions: in a big installation at MIT called Hybrid House, Potrč set down a wild building that hybridized features of buildings from Caracas, the West Bank, and West Palm Beach. By colliding three such different visions, Potrc achieves a surrealist edge that also embraces the real.

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'Hybrid House' by Marjetica Potrč (Michael Price / Courtesy of Marjetica Potrč and Meulensteen Gallery, New York )


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