Photographic exhibition »I Feel Slovenia. I Feel Culture.«

Last year started the European journey of a new photographic exhibition, »I Feel Slovenia. I Feel Culture.«, which draws on the cultural heritage of Slovenia. 

A selection of 38 photographs by well-known Slovenian photographers, chosen by the Slovenian Government Communication Office and the Ministry of Culture, presents the cultural diversity of this country, and culture in the broadest sense of the word, as the foundation of national identity. 

The exhibition also marks the start of a series of joint activities organized by the Government Communication Office and other departments as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (2018).

The exhibition has already been on view in Varsaw (Poland), Prague (Czech Republic), Bled (Slovenia), Dresden (Germany) and Bern (Switzerland). 

Slovenia is a country whose cultural heritage inspires and surprises – it was here that the oldest wheel and axle in the world were found. Slovenia is home to the largest stone arch bridge in the world – the Solkan Bridge. Ljubljana is one of twenty Secessionist or Art Nouveau cities around the world, and Jože Plečnik gave our capital the architectural spirit of eternity. The mercury mine in Idrija, which is today a museum, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, while the Škofja Loka passion play is on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List, and still more local treasures could be named. 

The exhibition uses photographs and texts that supplement the images to enable visitors to become more familiar with Slovenia’s cultural heritage. The photographs touch on various themes, which are portrayed in a number of innovative ways. The motifs express the foundations of our identity, cultural landscape, the spiritual dimensions of our lives, the elemental culture of living, Slovenian symbolism, museums, technical heritage, festivals and music - all of which are as a cornerstone of the nation’s identity. 

Slovenians have a saying: “A word is not a horse.” This means that it does no harm to say something. Therefore, we, words, and horses are free. Photo: Voranc Vogel/Delo
Our generally known industriousness arises from our responsibility towards society and nature. Photo: Leon Vidic/Delo
The generosity of nature is complemented by the beauty of cities, towns, and villages. Photo: Uroš Abram
The cultivated land of Slovenian farmers is like their Sunday-best clothing. Photo: Leo Caharija
The herdsmen settlement on the Velika Planina plateau is unique in that it has been the preferred dwelling place of herdsmen and cattle for centuries. Photo: Igor Modic
A bridge represents the wish to encounter someone, and three bridges signify the fulfilment of wishes. Photo: Miran Kambič
The wealth of flavours has been the noble link between the body and the spirit through the centuries. Photo: Domen Grögl
In the spectacle of life, everyone is offered the lead role. Photo: Bojan Velikonja
In Slovenia, heaven and hell are both just as beautiful. Photo: Peter Gedei
Timeless beauty is the only criterion of eternity. Photo: Miran Kambič
We lay out sea water to expose it to the sun, and in turn it gifts us salt. Photo: Arne Hodalič
Prosciutto only matures when exposed to wind, salt, and the patience of devoted people. Photo: Luka Cjuha
The miracle of karst land: we sow Refošk and drink the unique Teran. Photo: Joco Žnidaršič
It is in our nature to multiply the joys of life by generously sharing them. Photo: Leo Caharija
When we've had enough of Winter, we simply chase it away. Photo: Arne Hodalič
Courting is as important for the survival of a nation as its customs and traditions. Photo: Domen Grögl
For ages we have paid great attention to the crafting of wood, allowing the material to express itself. Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik
People have been skiing since the days when the Earth was considered to be the centre of the universe. Photo: Igor Modic
When we really didn’t feel like carrying things around anymore. Photo: Matevž Paternoster
What was it that made these men stop here on their way from Rome? Photo: Jaka Gasar
In the fight for a woman’s favour, the weapons are really the only thing that changes. Photo: Luka Dakskobler
The senselessness of war was turned into a Path of Peace. Photo: Srdjan Živulović/BOBO
If, when in Slovenia, you ever wonder whether you might be somewhere else, this is the very reason why you are here. Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik
You wouldn’t believe that this was meant to store hay, would you? Photo: Matej Leskovšek
A city where houses compete with you for attention in your selfies. Photo: Luka Dakskobler
Was the gallery built around the fountain or was the fountain built in the gallery? Photo: Matej Družnik/Delo
When mercury comes to life, gilding fades in comparison. Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik
The bridge crosses the emerald river in just one confident stride. Photo: Miško Kranjec
Technology can act as a path towards beauty. Photo: Dragan Arrigler
Our boldness is what has driven technical progress throughout history. Photo: Luka Dakskobler
Who is saved today by the beautiful Ariadne? Photo: Robert Zabukovec
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts. (William Shakespeare: As You Like It). Photo: Luka Dakskobler
If anywhere needs fresh air, it’s libraries, and our free time is shared with those we love. Photo: Luka Dakskobler
The highlight of the festival always happens when the fireworks stop and the lights on your nightstand are switched on. Photo: Andrej Petelinšek
We have been practising at least fifty thousand years. Photo. Uroš Hočevar
Only one composition by the Slovenian cultural icon Slavko Avsenik, also considered out national music, achieved global recognition. Photo: Matej Povše
Maestro Tartini, are you playing with us in spirit? Photo: Zdravko Primožič
In Slovenia, quantity and quality are equal. Photo: Blaž Samec /Delo