Bernarda Nibera Conič
Bernarda Nibera Conič
My work reflects on environmental concerns and addresses humankind’s relationship with the natural world. Modern society has become increasingly disconnected from nature. I believe it is essential that we tune ourselves back in with nature and regain our strong awareness of planet Earth. Humans are abusing natural resources to maintain extravagant lifestyles and using them as dumping stations for toxic waste products. I found myself feeling nature was being drowned more deeply every day. I feel the need to be physically and mentally present in untouched nature and wilderness environments. I feel the need to tune in, accept, appreciate, and respect every element of nature. In the present moment, I feel the urge to capture my experience and express it visually. I believe that artists who participate in environmental art can reach out to society in an inspirational, non-intrusive way that can emotionally touch the audience. It is critical that we speak about the climate in a language that is not always bleak and pernicious. It is vital that we create things with a positive narrative. Positive visual messages are more stimulating and act as a hopeful destination, or, as the German painter Gerhard Richter once said, “Art is the highest form of hope”.
NIBERA is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is a graphic designer by day, VJ and photographer by night, and a film photographer on weekends. She also created a wide range of new media installations as a night club stage designer from 2017 to 2019. In 2020, she created over 50 album covers for musicians from all over the world. Her creative path started at a very young age. At primary school, the teachers noticed her talent and artistic potential in art classes, and they encouraged her to apply to the school for design and photography in Ljubljana. Four years later, in 2011, she graduated in photography. One year later, Nibera studied textile and fashion design and specialised in pattern design and textile printing. After getting her bachelor’s degree in 2016, she studied graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana and, in 2019, was awarded her master’s degree in Visual Communication Design.