Abandoned Plants Sanctuary


The artistic duo Abandoned Plants Sanctuary (Anamari Hrup and Eva Jera Hanžek) has existed since autumn 2015 and has been active as a cultural association since 2016. The project is highly interdisciplinary, combining content from various fields (artistic, ecological, social, and spiritual) and presenting it in a bold and original way to a broader audience that would be otherwise unfamiliar with such content. In the years 2015–2020, the tandem carried out numerous exhibitions, projects, workshops, and events, including one in their own mobile and self-sufficient greenhouse Zeleno zatočišče/Green Refuge in Ljubljana, which was set up in 2018 with the co-financing of the Municipality of Ljubljana and with the help of many volunteers. At the end of 2020, the tandem moved the greenhouse to the Krater Creative Laboratory, an overgrown construction pit behind Bežigrad Stadium in Ljubljana. Since 2019 the Sanctuary has also been present in the Ajdovščina underpass in Ljubljana, where they presented some of their contents at the 26. Biennial of Design BIO26. Since the end of the biennial in February 2020, this space has become a plant gallery, where the tandem presents collaborations with other societies and designers in the field of sustainable design. The Abandoned Plants Sanctuary operates in Ljubljana and often expands its activities to other Slovenian cities by establishing the so-called Green Points. In 2020 they established the Green Point in Velenje as part of the Kunigunda Festival. Currently, there is an active Green Point in Nova Gorica, where the plants take the position of actresses in the play August by SNG Nova Gorica and in the Youtube video stories Stories from the Sanctuary. The tandem consists of Anamari Hrup and Eva Jera Hanžek, who in 2018 both completed a master’s degree in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design under the supervision of the assoc. prof. mag. Žiga Kariž and doc. dr. Petja Grafenauer.