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European photographer Klavdij Sluban conducts long-term photography workshops in prisons for adolescents. He gives the prisoners a new way to look at life, and he brings back some haunting images.

Klavdij Sluban won the European Publishers Award for Photography 2009, for his book Transsibériades.

About Klavdij Sluban

Born March 3, 1963 in Paris. Childhood Livold (Slovenia). Secondary and higher education in France. A passion for photography as a teenager. In 1986, received a Master of Anglo-American literature ("The teenager in the Anglo-American literature"), undertake a placement of black and white print in the studio of George Fèvre and travel.

On his return to Paris, teaching English. Then moved to the country, Slovenia. In 1992, returned to France and is dedicated to photography.

It successively trip to the Balkans, around the Black Sea in the former Soviet Union, around the Baltic Sea, the islands of the Caribbean, in Jerusalem, Latin America and Asia-China (the Trans-Siberian train) , Japan, Indonesia, Jawa, Bali, Sulawesi.

Main cycles: Balkans-Transit, Around the Black Sea - Winter travel, Tokyo Today, Paradise Lost, Jerusalem (s) Other shores - the Baltic Sea; Transsibériades (travel Transsiberian: Russia and China), Central America - to an American one; brackets: young prisoners in Fleury-Merogis in former Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union.

From 1995 to 2005, the Centre of Young Offenders Fleury-Merogis (Essonne), he leads a workshop report with teenagers. Their works were exhibited in the prison at the end of each course. Henri Cartier-Bresson came regularly encourage, and other photographers like William Klein and Marc Riboud.

Since 1998, continuing this project, it works similarly, with a dynamic and photographic exchange with young inmates of detention centers in the former Soviet Union (Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Latvia), especially in camps Mojaisk of disciplinary and Ikcha around Moscow, Kolpino near St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad and in disciplinary camps Khoni Tbilisi (Georgia), Lipcani (Northern Moldavia) and Cesis (Latvia).

Since 2000, he has created a photographic workshop in Celje (Slovenia) in the only prison for young offenders in the country as well as Krusevac and Valjevo (Serbia).

Exhibitions (selection)

1994. From East to West , National Museum of Modern Art, Art and Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris (catalog ed. Watermarks, 24pp.) Centre.

1995. Mediterranea , Fifth International Biennial of Photography, Rivetti Foundation, Turin.

From 1995 to 1996. Balkans-Transit, presented in the Balkans with the support of the French Cultural Institutes and Centres of the respective countries.

1997. Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo. Exhibition, Japan and Europe: Royal Museum of Architecture in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Luxembourg, Lisbon publication Tokyo Today, ed. Idéodis, Paris, 1997.
XXVIIIèmes Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, Archbishop's Palace.
Palazzo Publico in Siena, Italy.
Encontros de Fotografia de Coimbra, Galeria do Atrio, Portugal.

1998. K. Sluban and young prisoners Fleury-Merogis: places a trap . European House of Photography, Month of Photography, Paris (union catalog).
Balkans-Transit, Grazia Neri Gallery, Milan.

1998-2000. Around the Black Sea (Olivier Rolin text) is presented in the countries of the Black Sea, with the support of the French Institute of the respective countries.

1999. Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, and control group exhibition of the olive tree.

2000. Photo Galleries Fnac, Paris, Niepce prize winner.
Museum of Literature, European Dating Book, Sarajevo.
Pushkin Museum of Odessa, Ukraine (Cat. 32pp.).

2001. Museum of Haitian Art in Port-au-Prince.
Photography Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Mediterranean Centre for Photography, Bastia.
Tbilisi Historical Museum, gallery "the Caravanserai", Georgia.

2002. Transverses , Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, course of ten years of photographs. Transverses , 188pp. ed. MEP.
Gallery "Pablo de la Torriente Brau", Havana, Cuba. Jerusalem (s) presented in Jerusalem and in the occupied territories (Gaza). Paradise Lost , Galerie du Château d'Eau, Toulouse (catalog 28pp.). Encontros da Imagem, festival Braga, Portugal (union catalog).

2003. Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia (catalog: Ex, 106 pp.)..
International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China (union catalog).
Image and Landscape, 16 French photographers, Jakarta, Indonesia (exhibition cat collar.. made by the AFAA)
International Festival of Skopelos, Center of Photography, Greece (union catalog).

2004. Millennium Museum for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China. Travellers at the foot of the heap , slide on a community of settled Roma Saint-Etienne, Transurbaines festival. Art Gallery of the Union of Artists, Riga, Latvia. Chronicles Festival nomads, Honfleur. Cloister St. Louis, Avignon.

From 2005 to 2006. Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland.
Museum of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China (retrospective / cat.raisonné).
Estonian National Museum.
Festival of Photography Central America, San Jose, Costa Rica (Cat.) .

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

1996. Grant for the creation, DRAC Ile-de-France, the project on prisons.
1998. Winner of the Villa Medici Outside the Walls, the project on the Black Sea.
2000. Price Niepce.
2001. Bourse du Fiacre, Ministry of Culture.
2004. Leica Price (Medal of Excellence).

Collections

National Fund for Contemporary Art, the National Library of France.
Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris.
Centre for Art and Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Galleries Picture Fnac.
Galerie du Château d'Eau, Toulouse.
NSM Vie / ABN-AMRO, Paris.
Réattu Museum, Arles.
Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo.
Museum of Photography, Braga, Portugal.
Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Pushkin Museum, Odessa.
National Museum of Estonia.
Museum of Photography, Finland
Museum of Fine Arts in Guangzhou, China.

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