FRANCISCO TOMSICH: SIGNS FOR THOSE WHO ARE FAR AWAY

24. 11. 2022
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Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

Thursday, November 24, 17.00-21.00
MGLC Grad Tivoli, Print Studio; MGLC Švicarija, Artist's Residential Apartment

Admission free

Pop-up exhibition presenting the production, part of the EU art residencies In from the Margins

Program:
17.00-18.00: Presentation of the artist's production, part I (Print Studio, MGLC Grad Tivoli)
18.00-18.30: Portrait of composer Vladimir Guicheff Bogacz, music performance (Caffe Bienale, MGLC Grad Tivoli)
18:30-21:00: Presentation of the artist's production, part II, cooking session and socializing (Artist's residential apartment, MGLC Švicarija)

Signs For Those Who Are Far Away is a multimedia essay on friendship and distance based on extended portraiture practices and developed through an experimental approach to printmaking. 

More about the project:
For the artist, distance is a constitutive element of friendship. To develop this project, he invited cca. 20 friends who live far away (including Mexico DF, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Skopje, Belgrade, Hamburg and Bologna) to pose for a portrait via Zoom, Google Meet, WhatsApp and Viber. All these poses replicated the same position. The sessions were projected on a wall, and coal and acrylic-based drawings were produced live during the lenght of the pose. If everything went well, the final portrait would be done over the film used to expose the silkscreen, in order to avoid, from then on, any intrusion of computer-generated images in the process. All these drawings and sketches, as well as the prints done upon them, keep a similar scale, roughly 1 to 1. Editions of prints on paper and mirror were done upon a selection of works who succeed in being acceptable drawings and good portraits at the same time. The mirrors, at the end, are exhibited as supports and sources of light projections and multi-layered exercises on reflection. 
During the residency, the artist produced some additional works (drawings, paintings, texts, videos) which will appear here in dialogue with the prints.

Francisco Tomsich was born in Uruguay in 1981 and graduated from the Faculty of Humanities in Montevideo. Since 2003, he has produced exhibitions, publications, stage works, research models and educational tools, working with different media, languages and tongues. He lives and works in Izola, Slovenia.

Performance guest: Vladimir Guicheff Bogacz 
Composer, guitarist and improviser, born in Montevideo, Uruguay. In the last years he has been performing in Germany, Uruguay, Argentina, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Greece and Switzerland.