The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts - Artist Talks  

The Artist Talks series presents some of the participating artists of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts. The series aims to introduce the art practice of a particular artist to the broader public, as well as to encourage a dialogue between the artist and the local cultural protagonists. The setting of the Artist Talks invites informal discussion on the presented art practice, but also ways of making connections between the visiting artists and the local context.

ARTIST TALK WITH CARLOS MONROY

Tuesday, 25 April, at 6 pm, Lecture Room (MGLC ground floor)

His work is mainly based on performance, within which he explores the potential of the body that turns into a political and aesthetic tool at the moment it becomes conscious of its own revolutionary potential to criticize, praise and reveal the ways in which the state, capital and violence, as well as social pressure, affect our lives. Carlos Monroy develops work in various mediums with these notions in mind. He lives and works torn between Bogotá and São Paolo.

      

Photos/ Carlos Monroy: Latino Love 2, Sabedoria. Courtesy of the artist.

ARTIST TALK WITH ALEJANDRO PAZ

Wednesday, 5 April, at 6 pm, Lecture Room (ground floor)

Alejandro Paz, one of the visiting artists of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts, will present his art practice as part of the programme. Because of the open structure of this year's Biennial, Alejandro Paz is currently in Ljubljana exploring the context within which he will position his work for the Biennial.

Alejandro Paz is an artist and architect who lives and works in Guatemala. He has carried out projects within the field of architecture and design in the United States, Guatemala and Central America. His art practice deals with the political and social aspects of constructing individual and collective identities. He often expresses himself through socially sensitive performances and installations, carried out in the public space. For his performance Guardaespaldas (April 2002), he hired a bodyguard to protect a tramp during his "work day" on the streets of Guatemala City. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, at the Biennial in Havana and São Paulo. Alejandro Paz was chosen to participate in the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts by Regina Jose Galindo, winner of the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts.

Photos: Alejandro Paz: Guardaespaldas (2002). Courtesy of the artist.

 

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The Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project

Tivoli – Art with Nature, lecture
Olga Paulič: Tivoli Architecture

TIVOLI ARCHITECTURE
Thursday, 18 October, at 6 pm
admission: 2 eur

The beginning of the architectural design of Tivoli Park is represented by the stately architecture of Tivoli Mansion and Leopoldsruhe Mansion (the Cekin Mansion of today). Later, buildings intended for leisure activities started to appear, especially sports and recreational facilities, as well as entertainment facilities. We must also not forget the important cultural buildings on the edge of Tivoli, which are, unfortunately, cut off from the rest of the park because of the railway line.


Tivoli Mansion.
Photo: Matevža Paternoster. MGLC Archive.

The Secret Life of Books,
literary panel discussions
Nature, Society, People

Wednesday, 24 October, at 6 pm
free of charge

Book: James Lovelock, A Rough Ride to the Future

How are nature and society connected? Do people also create and build nature? What are the links between the environment and social change? How does nature affect an individual? The starting point for the discussion is drawn from the ideas of the Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature project.

Guests: Janez MarkešMitja Pucer and Ajda Pistotnik, led by Nika Kovač.

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US IN THE CHILDREN'S STUDIO IN THE ŠVICARIJA CREATIVE CENTRE!

Creative workshops, animations and guided tours of the building are held for children every Friday. The studio operates free of charge every Friday from May to November, from 10 am to 1 pm. The activities are led by the gallery mentors Petra Derganc, Tina Boc, Petja Kolenko and Katja Kovše.

You may like to book your visit by writing to the following e-mail: petra.derganc@mglc-lj.si.

ARTISTS ON A VISIT!

TODAY

Talk: Marie Lukačeva (Prague) and Fokus Grupa (Rijeka)

Tuesday, 16 October, at 6 pm
Tobacco 001 Cultural Centre, free of charge

The talk presents the artists visiting Ljubljana, who are staying at the residency centres of Švicarija Creative Centre (MGLC) and Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre (MGML). Currently resident and working at the Švicarija Creative Centre is artist Marie Lukačeva from Prague, whereas the Fokus Grupa duo from Rijeka is having its residential stay at Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre. We will talk with the guests about creative practice, the emerging work as part of the residency stay and other related issues.

Marie Lukačeva is a participant of the two-month residency programme at the Švicarija Creative Centre, which is taking place as part of an inter-institutional exchange between the Futura Project, Prague and MGLC, Ljubljana.

Fokus Grupa is a duo that is being hosted as part of the residency programme of the Museum and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana and will present itself with an exhibition project at Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre at the end of its stay on the 24 October of this year.

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Photo: Fokus Grupa.

Theme-based guided tour of the retrospective exhibition by Riko Debenjak

TODAY

16 October, at 6 pm, admission for exhibition
The Karst World of Riko Debenjak and Zoran Mušič
dr. Nataša Ivanović, art historian


Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

NEW EXHIBITION

Matjaž Geder
Preparations for Improvisation

17. 10.–11. 11. 2018
opening: Wednesday, October 17,
at 6 pm

Matjaž Geder is an art teacher at the Murska Sobota  II  Elementary School. It is precisely the pedagogical profession that has a profound influence on his creative world, which is constantly in passing from a direct and illustrative visual language to more complex conceptual and symbolically conceived images. He puts the rigid school system, which is based on a way of thinking that is both clichéd and indiscriminate, under critical comparison with the attitude towards the destigmatisation of mental illness, which come surprisingly close in his works.  A selection of works created in the recent years is on view, as well as a series of new prints, produced specifically for the exhibition.


Matjaž Gedr: Step-ping, 2018, monoprint, 66 x 100 cm.