Matjaž Wenzel is author, who works on the fields of photography, video and graphic design, born in ex-Yugoslavia (Maribor, 1973). He graduated from the University of Maribor, Faculty of Pedagogy, department of fine art with diploma thesis Leal Souvenir - image as memory with help of time machine. After working as an art teacher on several primary and high schools, he founded a studio (MILIMETER) for photography and graphic design. He has designed over 50 books and book jackets for several publishing hauses.
With his photographic works, he has had several solo exibitions and has participated in many selected group exhibitions at Modern Gallery Ljubljana; Art Gallery Maribor; The International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana; Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles; Japan International Salon of Photography, Tokiyo; Pavillon du Musée Fabre, Montpellier; Nuit Blanche, Paris; ...
Matjaž Wenzel was awarded with best book design of the year 2007, 2016, 2018 (Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana), Glazer Award (Maribor, 2011) and nominated for Albert Renger Patzsch Award (Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2009), Deutsche Boerse Photography Prize, The Photographer’s Gallery, London, 2009 and was a finalist for OHO Award (Ljubljana, 2007).
Some of his works are part of collections at Art Gallery Maribor and Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. He lives and works in Maribor, Slovenia.
Rene Maurin is a Slovene author rightfully accused of roaming several mediums. He acquired formal education in the United States, Croatia, and Slovenia. After graduation in theatre directing he filmed a series of documentaries for the Slovenian National Television and won the attention of audiences and critics with films such as "I saw Elvis!" (1999) and "Life, as from inside" (2000).
He dedicates the next decade to the theatre and takes over the management of Ptuj City Theatre in Slovenia. He directs several performances that reap acclaim and selected awards in Slovenia and abroad. In 2012 he directed his first fiction film “Bright Black” (2014). Among others, the film received the award for the best academic achievement of University in Ljubljana and toured several prestigious international film festivals.
His photographic work serves as an expression contrasting the narrative treatment of cinematic storytelling and nests in photographic contraction of time and the capacity of uncompromised manifestation of intimate testimonies and visual langue.
As of 2012, he lectures at the Institute of Media Communication at the University of Maribor. He lives and works chiefly but not exclusively in Slovenia.