Painted Pivka is a multi-year project (2022–2025) of the Hiša kulture in Pivka gallery, which explores wall painting, its expression, scope and significance in the public space, using the example of a small town like Pivka.

This year, I was commissioned to create a mural on the wall of a building near the railway station on the main road through Pivka. The mural shows a freeze-frame of the everyday hustle and bustle – people in a hurry to run errands, go shopping or go to work, darting off to board the train with their travelling bags or looking for a place to hitch a ride with rucksacks on their shoulders. What they all have in common is movement; they are all more or less in a rush and not one of them is at a standstill. The mural refers to Pivka as a place of passage, showing it as a place that everyone uses to merely pass through or cross or change trains, and where nobody stops, so in a sense, as a non-place.

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, the Municipality of Pivka and Slovenske železnice d.o.o., which kindly donated the space.

Pivka 2024, Slovenia

Photo credits: Simon Avsec, HKP