Vanja Bučan is an internationally renowned Slovenian photographer, who lives and works in Berlin. She graduated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague at the department of documentary photography, however, she distanced herself from the documentary genre during her studies and focused on staged photography instead. Before becoming a professional photographer, she studied sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana, and actively took part in environmental activism, which is evident conceptually in her artistic oeuvre. She views photography as an open medium, a realm where she can freely express her views and critique of society. A professional role worth mentioning is her position as the official photographer at the Maribor European Capital of Culture 2012 for the collective Urbane Brazde before she relocated to Berlin. In her signature artistic style, she alters her own photographs and places them in staged compositions in order to achieve deconstructed and multifaceted realities that generate a visually rich expression, which verges on fiction.
Her work has been exhibited at several major international group exhibitions, such as Month of Photography Los Angeles, Official MOPLA Group Show (2018); Camouflage, City Oases, NORDICO City Museum in Linz (2018); Visions of Nature, Kunst Haus Wien, Museum Hundertwasser in Vienna (2017); official exhibition of the Renaissance Photography Prize, Getty Images Gallery in London (2016). She likewise participated at various biennials and festivals around the world: Directors Choice Series’ Circulation(s), Photo Zurich, Switzerland (2019); Vento Solar, Solar Photo Festival, Fortaleza, Brazil (2018); Loba 2018, Photolux Festival, Lucca, Italy (2018); Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (2018); 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial: Confusing Public and Private, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China (2018). Her works have been nominated for the Prix Pictet and Leica Oskar Barnack Award, and she received two prestigious awards for her series Sequences of Truth and Deception: Lens Culture Exposure Award (2015) and Renaissance Photography Prize (2016).