b. 1984 Postojna, Slovenia
Based between Slovenia and Italy


Spela Volcic (b. Postojna, 1984) is a visual artist based in Slovenia and Italy. After studying photography in Ljubljana, in 2004 she moved to Milan where she obtained a Diploma in Techniques and Languages of the Contemporary Photographic Project at CFP Riccardo Bauer. In 2011 she won a scholarship assigned by the Ministry of Culture in Slovenia that allowed her to continue her studies at the IUAV University of Venice, where she graduated in Visual Arts in 2013. After completing her studies, she was granted a one year artist residency in Venice at the contemporary art foundation Bevilacqua La Masa, and she was later selected for a residence at VIR - Viafarini DOCVA in Milan, Italy.In 2017, was awarded the First Portfolio Prize at the SIFEST, Savignano Immagini Festival. Since 2016 she is officially registered as a freelancer in a field of culture assigned at the Slovenian Ministry of Culture of Republic Slovenia.

Volcic’s research is oriented to the creation of images. Trained as a photographer, her research grew to englobe multiple media, ranging from video to object, drawings, sculptures and installations. Her field of research includes materials such as bread, ceramic, synthetic materials and plastics. Often characterized by a conceptual approach, her work proposes a form of pure, rigorous and direct photography, that does not exhaust the possibility of perceiving the ambiguity of images. Her research is focused on the tension between reality and fiction, visible and invisible, true and false. Volcic often investigates the sculptural practice in its installative form, transforming materials through the acts of folding (flowers) and baking (bread). In these processes, photography becomes a tool and the final work.

Her works have been exhibited in solo and group shows, in institutions in Italy and abroad, such as GAMEC Museo d’arte Moderna e Contemporanea (Bergamo,IT); Fabbrica del Vapore (Milan,IT); Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa (Venice,IT); Museo Civico G. Fattori (Livorno,IT); MuSES Accademia Europea delle Assenze - permanent collection, (Savigliano, IT); CLOG (Torino, IT); A plus A Gallery (Venice,IT); Jarach Gallery (Venice,IT); Sifest - Savignano immagini Festival (Savignano, IT); Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana, SI); Photon Gallery (Ljubljana, SI); UGM Umetnostna Galerija, (Maribor, SI); MGNG (Nova Gorica, SI); Obalne Galerije (Piran, SI); K2 Contemporary Art Center (Izmir, TR); Arte Contemporanea (Bruxelles, BE); Rob Pruitt Flea Market, collateral event of 56th Venice Biennal (Venice,IT). Her work is held in public and private collections.

2009-2013 Degree in Visual Arts at IUAV University of Venice (IT)
2004-2006 Specialization post diploma in contemporary photography at CFP Riccardo Bauer, Milan (IT)
1999-2003 Secondary School for Design and Photography SSSOF (photography department), Ljubljana (SI)

2018 Working grant for production support of Ministry for Culture, Slovenia (SI)
2010-2012 Scholarship by Slovenian Ministry for Culture for Degree studies in Visual Art at IUAV University in Venice (IT)

2019 Artist in Residence at La Cité internationale des arts, Paris (FR)
2018 Artist in Residence at Musumeci Arte Contemporanea, Bruxelles (BE)
2017 1st price at SI FEST Savignano Immagini Festival, Savignano (IT)
2016 Official registered as a Independent Self-Employed Artist Worker kept by the Ministry of the Culture of Republic Slovenia (SI)
2015 Artist in Residence at Viafarini DOCVA, Milan (IT)
2015 Artist in Residence at Dolomiti Contemporanee, Cadore (IT)
2014 Artist in Residence at Atelier EVE AR:V., Venice (IT)
2013 Artists in Residence at the Ateliers of Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice (IT)
2007 Award for a project Panis Nostrum, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano (IT)

2019 Et fiat lux, SACI Gallery, Florence (IT)
2018 Et fiat lux / About being dead even before being alive, Galerija GONG Nova Gorica, (SI)
2018 Et fiat Lux, SI FEST Savignano Immagini Festival, (IT)
2017 Et fiat Lux, Galleria Fuori le Mura, Verona (IT)
2016 Naš vsakdanji kruh, Galerija Loža, Piran (SI)
2013 The moments of this dawning recognition. (zero budget but still an exhibition), Galerija GONG, N.Gorica (SI)
2012 Dell’utilità e degli inconvenienti del vivere fra gli spettri, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice (IT)
2009 Panis Nostrum, Galerija Photon, Ljubljana (SI)
2008 Panis Nostrum, Triestèfotografia festival, Umag (HR)
2007 Panis Nostrum, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano (IT)

2018 Binary / Non-Binary, curated by Shiva Lynn Burgos, GESTE.Paris (FR)
2019 Ghent Art Book Fair, Kunsthal Gent (BE) / Foto Wien - Photo Book Exhibition (OstLicht’s publicly collection), Vienna (A)
2018 Francesco Fabbri award for contemporary art and photography (finalist); Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo, Treviso (IT)
2018 Il lanternista, a collaboration with Gli Impresari; Tenuta dello scompiglio, Lucca (IT)
2018 STILL LIFE, B#S Gallery Treviso (IT)
2018 Similarities and diversities in symbiosis "16+1" China & CEEC, Cina Cultural Center Sofia, (BG)
2018 Astonishment and reflection - open studio, Arte Contemporanea Bruxelles, (BE)
2017 Deus sive Natura / Bonaldi Award for Contemporary Art, GAMEC Museum, Bergamo (IT)
2017 Tre casi di cosa, A project by LOCALEDUE for Nesxt, Torino (IT)
2016 THIS IS TODAY, Piran Town Gallery and Monfort Portoroz, (SI)
2015 Pixxelpoint New Media Art Festival 2015, MGNG Nova Gorica (SI / IT)
2015 MUUSES, Palazzo Taffini collection (permanent), Savigliano (IT)
2015 OPEN CLOG, La ricerca della comodita? in una poltrona scomoda, CLOG, Torino (IT)
2015 6PM Your Local Time, EVE AR:V., Forte Marghera, Venezia (IT)
2015 Open Studio - VIA FARINI, Milano (IT)
2015 L’esprit de l’escalier, Dimora Artica, Milano (IT)
2015 ROB PRUITT’S FLEA MARKET IN VENICE, 56° Venice Art Biennale 2015, A+A Gallery San Marco, Venice (IT)
2015 Open Studio - VIA FARINI, Milano (IT)
2015 Non siamo mai andati sulla luna, MARS, Milano (IT)
2014 Fotomorgana 5, UGM Umetnostna Galerija, Maribor (SI)
2014 Photonic Moments 2014 festival, Ljubljana (Sl)
2014 La concezione cosmologica dantesca, Dimora Artica Gallery, Milano (IT)
2014 Evoluzione, Spazio Monotono, Vicenza (IT)
2014 Mostra Finale, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (IT)
2013 ECHO BACK / Interference patterns, Jarach Gallery, Venice (IT)
2013 Stonefly Award / La matteria, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice (IT)
2013 Guardare le cose presenti in vista di cose assenti, Ca’ Zanardi, Venice (IT)
2012 Della Carezza, spazio Punch Giudecca, Venice (IT)
2011 Fotografija je zenskega spola, Galerija Rika Debenjaka, Kanal (SI)
2010 Pecha Kucha Vol 11. T5 Project Space, Ljubljana (SI)
2010 Podoba tradicije, Pilonova galerija, Ajdovs?cina (SI)
2009 Photonic Luminatic, Cankarjev Dom Ljubljana, (SI); Kultur Zentrum Korotan, Vienna (A); Galery Photoport, Bratislava (SK); K2 Contemporary Art Center, Izmir (TR)
2008 Photonic Moments, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana (SI)
2008 Which Venice? / Quale Venezia?, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (IT)

ET FIAT LUX, Špela Volcic /2018, Pazzini Editore, Rimini, Italy / ISBN 9788862572361
220x220 mm - 60 pp, Multilingual