Marjetica Potrč is an artist and architect based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is known for her on-site projects, her drawing series, and her architectural case studies. Her on-site projects are characterized by participatory design and a concern with sustainable solutions. Her work emphasizes individual empowerment, problem-solving tools, and strategies for the future; at the same time, it testifies to the failure of some of the grand principles of Modernism.
Her many on-site installations include Dry Toilet (Caracas, Venezuela, 2003), Power from Nature (Barefoot College, Rajasthan, India, and the Catherine Ferguson Academy, Detroit, USA, 2005), The Cook, the Farmer, His Wife and Their Neighbour (Stedelijk goes West, Amsterdam, 2009), and Rainwater Harvesting on a Farm in the Venice Lagoon (Sant’Erasmo Island, Venice, 2010).
Potrč’s work has been featured in exhibitions throughout Europe and the Americas, including the Sao Paulo Biennial in Brazil (1996 and 2006 ) and the Venice Biennial (1993, 2003, and 2009). She has shown her work regularly at the Meulensteen Gallery (formerly the Max Protetch Gallery) in New York since 2002, and at the Nordenhake Gallery in Berlin and Stockholm since 2003, and has also had solo shows at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2001), the Portikus Gallery in Frankfurt am Main (2006), The Curve at the Barbican Art Galleries in London (2007), and elsewhere. She has taught at several important institutions in Europe and North America, including MIT in Boston (2005) and the IUAV Faculty of Arts and Design in Venice (2008 and 2010). In 2000, she received the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize and, in 2007, was awarded a fellowship at the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics at The New School in New York.