Klavdij Sluban



Winner of the European Publishers Award for Photography 2009, of the Leica Prize (2004) and of the Niépce Prize, main French prize in photography, (2000), Klavdij Sluban is a French photographer of Slovenian origin born in Paris on 3.3.63.
He develops a rigorous and coherent body of work, never inspired by immediate and sensational current affairs, making him one of the most interesting photographers in so –called “author-photography”. The Balkans, the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, Central America, Russia and China can be read as many successive steps of an in-depth study of a patient proximity to the encountered real. His images are on show in such leading institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Photography of Tokyo, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the Museum of Photography in Helsinki, the Fine Arts Museum in Canton…
His many books include Entre Parenthèses, (Photo Poche, Actes Sud), Transverses, (Maison Européenne de la Photographie) and Balkans -Transit, with a text by François Maspero (Le Seuil).
Since 1995, Sluban runs photography workshops with young offenders in prison. First originated in France, in the prison of Fleury-Mérogis with support from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Marc Riboud and William Klein, this commitment was pursued in the disciplinary camps and prisons of Eastern Europe –Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldavia, Latvia – and in the disciplinary centres of Moscow and St Petersburg, and lately in Ireland and Central America (Guatemala and Salvador).

AWARDS | Recognitions

European Publishers Award for Photography 2009
Centre National des Arts Plastiques/Ministry of Culture, 2008
Prix Leica, Medal of Excellence, 2004
Prix Niepce, 2000
Fiacre Fellowship Ministry of Culture, 2001
Villa Médicis Hors-les-Murs, 1998
Fellowship for workshops in prisons, DRAC Ile-de France, 1996

Exhibitions (selection)
‘View York – Nine Perceptions’, DAI Tübingen (until February 2012)
‘View York – Nine Perceptions’, Galerie CLAIR, Munich

Rencontres d’Arles 2010 – Festival de Photographies – 41ème édition, « Transsibériades », le Magasin électrique
Palazzo Duchi d’Acquaviva, Museo Archeologico, « ALL’EST DELL’EST », Atri Festival, Italy
Centre d’Art Contemporain de La Base Sous Marine, Bordeaux, 19ème édition d’Itinéraires des Photographes
Voyageurs, « De Transverses à Transsibériades » (1991-2009)
Museo Nacional de Antropología de el Salvador (MUNA), « Tiempo suspendido », photographs by the young inmates from Tonacatepeque and Izalco, Salvador, done during workshops lead by K.Sluban in 2010 with youngsters from maras (gangs) in prison

Rencontres d’Arles, official prize-giving: European Publishers Award for Photography 2009,
presentation and projection, Théâtre Antique
Galerie Taïss, Paris
Photo Beijing Art Fair, Photo Beijing 2009, Lipao gallery
Photo Beijing 2009, Aura gallery
L’Imagerie, Lannion, France

Museum of Texas Tech University, Texas, USA
Hôtel de Sauroy gallery, Paris, « Mois de la Photo » official selection
Photography biennale, Lyon, France, exhibition of the assignment «Forth and back», colour photographs
and slideshow 5’30’’
Beau Geste gallery, Shanghai
Espace Saint-Cyprien, Toulouse, France
Plazza 66 gallery/Life Magazine, Shanghai

Aura gallery, Shanghai, China (catalogue 98 pages)
Bolzano Arts Centre, Italy
Fine-Arts Museum, Caen, France
Sirius Arts Centre, Ireland
Fotografia Europea, Photography Festival of Reggio Emilia, Chiostri di San
Domenico, Italy, exhibition of the assignment on Berlin (group catalogue 372p)

Harvard University, USA
Museum of Modern Art, Guatemala City
National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia (catalogue)
Guangzhou Museum of Art, Canton, China (retrospective exhibition with catalogue, 320pp.)
Shanghai Art Museum, Meishuguan, China
National Museum, Krakow, Poland

Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
National Museum of Estonia
Festival of Photography in Central America, Son Jose, Costa Rica (catalogue)

Millennium Museum for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Gallery of Art of the Union of Artists, Riga, Latvia
Festival Chroniques Nomades, Honfleur, France
Cloître St.-Louis Avignon, France

Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia (catalogue 106 pages)
International Festival of Photography Pingyao, China (catalogue 28 pages)
Image et Paysage, 16 French photographs, Jakarta Indonesia (exhibition & catalogue
organised by AFAA)
International Festival of Skopelos Centre of Photography, Greece (catalogue)

Transverses: Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
Ten-year Retrospective of photography (monograph 188 pages)
«!Pablo de la Torriente Brau!» gallery, Havana, Cuba
«!Jerusalem(s)!», presented in East and West Jerusalem and in occupied territories (Gaza)
«!Paradise Lost!», Galerie du Château d’Eau, (catalogue 28 pages)
Encontros da Imagem, Braga festival, Portugal

Musée d’art haïtien, Port-au-Prince, Haïti
Photography gallery, Santo-Domingo, Dominican Republic
Centre Méditerranéen de la Photographie, Bastia
Historical Museum of Tbilissi, “The Caravanserail” gallery, Georgia

FNAC Photo Galleries, winner of the Prix Niepce
« Rencontres du livre européen », Museum of Literature, Sarajevo
Pouchkine Museum, Odessa, Ukraine. (catalogue 34 pages)

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris group assignment and exhibition (catalogue 108 pages)

« Around the Black Sea » presented in the countries of the Black Sea with support of French Cultural Institutes and Centres.

K. Sluban et les jeunes détenus de Fleury-Mérogis: les lieux d’un piège.
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Mois de la Photo Paris, (group catalogue, 328 pages)
Grazia Neri gallery, Milano, Italy

Tokyo Today, Metropolitan Museum of Photography of Tokyo. Travelling exhibition throughout Japan and Europe: Royal Museum of Architecture in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Luxembourg… (group catalogue, 126 pages).
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles, Palais de l’Archevêché, France
Palazzo Pubblico, Sienna, Italy
Encontros de Fotografia in Coimbra, Galeria do Atrio, Portugal

Balkans – Transit presented in the Balkans with support of French Institutes.

5th International Photography Biennale, Fondazzione Rivetti, Torino, Italy

D’Est en Ouest, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Beaubourg-Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
(catalogue, Filigranes ed., 24 pages)

Fonds National d’art Contemporain, Paris
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
Musée National d’art Beaubourg, Paris
The Metropolitan Museum of Photography of Tokyo
The collections of the FNAC galleries, Paris
Museum of Photography in Braga, Portugal
Galerie du Château d’Eau de Toulouse, France
Musée Réattu in Arles, France
Museum Pouchkine in Odessa, Ukraine
Shanghai Art Museum, Meishuguan, China
Guangdong Museum of Art, China
Reggio Emilia Museum of Art, Italy
Harvard University/Edwin C. Cohen’s collection, USA

Documentary films on Klavdij Sluban
Series Derriére la Page, Coup d’il/Arte, Metropolis, 8min, 2002.
Series Photos-Photographes, Cndp/La 5, 13min, 2001.
In Henri Cartier-Bresson L’amour tout court, Les Films a Lou/Arte, 90min. 2001.
Metropolis, Arte 15 min, 1997.


‘View York – Nine Perceptions’, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld 2011
Transsibériades, European Publishers Award for Photography 2009
Actes Sud, France/ East to East, Dewi Lewis, England/ Go East, Braus, Germany/ East to East,
Lunwerg, Spain/ All’Est dell’Est, Peliti, Italy/ Apeiron, Greece, 150 pages, foreword by Erri De Luca.
Klavdij Sluban 10 ans de photographie en prison – L’oeil Électrique Éditions, Rennes, France DVD on 10 years of photography in prisons.
Entre Parenthèses, Photo Poche, Ed. Actes Sud 2005, (coll. Société), 10 ans de photographies sur les adolescents en prison (France, ex-Yugoslavia, Ex-Soviet Union).
Balkans – Transit, text by François Maspero, Seuil ed., Paris 1997 (Prix Radio France Internationale, paperback).
La Confusion des Genre en Photographie, Bibliothèque Nationale de France ed., Paris 2001,
(with texts by Mark Haworth-Booth, Anne Wilkes Tucker,…).
Transverses, Maison Européenne de la photographie, Paris 2002.