Manca Juvan


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Manca Juvan

Manca Juvan (1981) is a freelance photographer, who along with a BA in Photography has more than a decade of working experience throughout the field and around the world. Juvan’s recent long term-photo photography book project Guardians of the Spoon, which focuses on preserving memory of Italian Fascist Concentration Camps, won the Award on 32. Slovenian bookfair (2016) for best design among monographic and bibliophilic books and was a winner of 2017 International PhotoBook Award in Los Angeles. In 2016 she was invited to New York to present this photographic project at the “Photography and Human Rights” Conference. Manca’s other long-term project “Unordinary Lives” documents the consequences of the Afghanistan War through the stories of ordinary Afghans. Since it was published as a book in 2010 (an English edition followed in 2012) it was widely exhibited around the world, usually accompanied by thematic discussions. Among other recognitions (she was a participant in the Eddie Adams Barnstorm workshop, a nominee for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, Foam Paul Huf Award and Keith Harring Scholarship), Juvan was selected Photographer of the Year in Slovenia for her reportage work in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She’s been twice commended – in 2005 and 2006 – for her work on Afghanistan by the Slovenian Association of Journalists and she received two main prizes in the „Lens on Development” photo contest. Her work was exhibited in Slovene Museum of Modern Art as well as on festivals and different exhibition venues in Luxembourg, New York, Washington, Brussels, Paris and elsewhere. Her photographs have appeared among others in The Times, National Geographic, and The Guardian. She’s been a member of the international photography collective Sputnik Photos , a regular collaborator with socially engaged APIS Institute, as well as a Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Program Fellow in 2011. She was a Magnum Foundation grantee and contributor to What Works projects in 2012 and 2016. She works as a mentor on photo documentary workshops, college and university photography programs.


Guardians of the Spoon, Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana

Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives, Whistler Arts Council, Canada

Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives, Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, Canada
Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives,
Motlow College, Tennessee, USA

Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives, Pellissippi State Community College, Tennessee, USA
The Last Witnesses – remembering fascist camps,
Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, Germany
Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives, Emporium Center, Knoxwille, Tennessee, USA
Afganistan, Unordinary Lives, Dyersburg Campus and Gibson County Center, Tennessee, ZDA

The Last Witnesses – remembering fascist camps, National Museum of Contemporary History (Ljubljana)
The Last Witnesses – remembering fascist camps, Loza Gallery (Koper), The National Assembly, Slovenia

2012Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives, Gallery MC, New York, USA
Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives, Federal Parliament of Belgium, Brussels
Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives, Rotunda of the Colorado State Capitol, USA
Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives part of “An Autre Regard”, CCRN Abbaye de Neumunster, Luxembourg
Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives, Gallery of Slovenian Embassy in Washington, USA

Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives, Gallery Stolp, Koroska Gallery of Fine Arts, Slovenia
Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives,
Castle Dobrovo and gallery of Prezihov Voranc Library, Slovenia
Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives, Photomed festival, France

Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia
People from the Margin,
VIVISECTfest – festival on Human Rights, Kikinda, Mostar, Nis, Zajecar , Leskovac, Vranje – Serbia
Slovenes in NY, Ministry of Culture, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Afghanistan, Konzorcij, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Afghan women, Zagorje, Slovenia
Afghanistan (un)Seen,
Iranian Arits Organization, Tehran, Iran
Afghanistan (un)Seen,
Melal Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

Hidden war wounds (Afghanistan), National house/Narodni dom, Novo Mesto, Slovenia
Hidden war wounds (Afghanistan),
gUF, Maribor, Slovenia

In vain? Afghanistan 2003, Mala galerija Cankarjevega doma, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Prisoners of Time, exhibition as part of the Trn Festival, KUD France Preseren, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Pakistan’s Image (exhibition and multi-media screening above river Ljubljanica), Ljubljana city centre, Slovenia


Family of No Man, Arles, France
Photobook and Photozine, Dobra vaga, Ljubljana; Celje Fokus; Slovenia
Skozi njene oči (Through Her Eyes), Maribor, Slovenia
Migracije / Migrations, Appolonijeva Palača, Piran, Slovenia

Afganistan: Unordinary Lives part of larger exhibition Afghanistan – Slovene Views, Slovenian Etnographic Museum
MUSE Project, Women Photograph Installation/projection during Toronto’s CONTACT Festival, Canada
What Works Project / Solidarity, Not Charity, Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia
What Works Project/ Solidarity, Not Charity,
The Bronx Documentary Center, New York, USA
Solidarity, Not Charity,
Light House Media Centre at Reclaim Photography Festival, UK
The National Assembly, Slovenia

Let’s go Onwards! Slovenian Photography 1990-2015, City Art Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Examples of Laughter in Art, City Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

MIGRACIJE/MIGRATIONS, Photo Museum Maribor; Španski borci – center for Culture in Moste, Ljubljana, Slovenia
PSOPLAAINND. Mapping the Blind Spots – Photoespana 2014
SPUTNIK, FOTODOK, Utrecht, Netherlands

STAND BY, Leica Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

The World As It Is, Miklova Hisa Gallery, Ribnica, Slovenia

VIVISECTfest, Novi Sad, Serbia
Slovene Photography of the Year, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Iran 1909 – 2009, Exploring the past and a bid to understand the present: the history of Iran, Screening at Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, France
At the border,
Transphotographiques, Lille, France

Documentary photography, Arts Forum Center, Tehran, Iran
“Venezuela – Socialism Of 21st Century?”,
LUMIX festival for young photojournalism, Hannover, Germany
At the border, Warsaw University Library; Willa Decius; Synteza Gallery; Poland
At the border,
Face to Face Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Covering the Real,
Maison d’ Europe d’ Orient, Paris and La Chaufferie gallery Strasbourg, France

”Festival Of The Photograph”, “The Human Condition” slideshow, Charlottesville, USA
Peace and Existence of the Family of Man, initiated by “WCCP – World Council of Professional Photographers), Belgrade, Serbia
At the Border, OSCE Conference, Warsaw, Poland
At the Border, House of Photography, Slovakia

Slovene Photography of the Year, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia
100 Images of Europe
, European Commission, Paris, France

Slovene Photography of the Year, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Živeti/2Live, International Photographic Exhibition,
Gallery of Fine Arts Koroška, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

47 Slovene photographers, Fotografija Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
International Human Rights
, conference OSCE, Warsaw, Poland

Salon of Contemporary Slovene Photography, Gospodarsko razstavišče, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Neskončnost je trenutek večnosti – Jutri bo prah na mojih čevljih včerajšnji ( kulturna dediščina), Pula, Hrvaška


Guardians of the Spoon / solo/, ZRC Publishing

STAND BY /group/, Sputnik Photos, Poland

Afghanistan: Unordinary Lives (Afganistan: neobičajna življenja) /solo/, Sanje publishers, Slovenia

At the border /group/, Sputnik Photos, Poland