It seems as if Arven Šakti Kralj Szomi has been destined to live a double life since birth.
Having been born into an artistic family, she was named after Tolkien’s Arwen, a Celtic “Evening Star”, and after Shakti, the Indian “Goddess of Basic Life Energy”. A child of the seventies, the names were supposed to bring together the energies of the West and the East.
At the age of ten, she moved to her second home, England, where she completed her schooling. She began her undergraduate studies at Leeds College of Art, graduating from Goldsmiths College University of London in Fine Art – Studio Practice and Contemporary Critical Theory. There she also completed a postgraduate study in English at the Leeds Beckett University, after which she relocated to Ljubljana to study further at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, obtaining an MFA in Photography, New Media and Video. She is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy and Theory of Visual Culture at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Primorska.
She has held numerous solo exhibitions in notable Slovenian art establishments and has won an experimental film award at the Slovenian Independent Film Festival. She has also showcased her work in many group exhibitions, festivals and expert conferences in Slovenia and abroad.
Now based in Slovenia, she works as an independent artist accredited by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and is incidentally one of the most esteemed translators of art based texts from Slovenian into English. Recently, however, she has added a third dimension to her duality. A return to teaching: this time as a lecturer at the Faculty of Design.
The work of Arven Šakti Kralj Szomi Translator can be found HERE (in Slovene).