THE PRIZES OF THE 32nd BIENNIAL OF GRAPHIC ARTS 

The Grand Prize winner of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts is Alejandro Paz.

Research Residency Award was given to Carlos Monroy.

The jury of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Anne Barlow, Mike Cooter, Bige Örer in Maruša Sagadin.

 

Grand Prize of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Alejandro Paz

In his project for the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts, Alejandro Paz engages with the patches of paint removal and analysis that reveal the layers of history contained within the fabric of the architecture housing MGLC’s galleries. Paz’s subtle interventions overlay these fragments with partial images of the tattooed skin of Guatemalan prisoners – itself a set of complex registrations of class, social status and gang membership that is concealed by the architecture of state power. By striking a compelling balance between graphic photographic imagery and a poetic evocation of the registrations of history layered in the skins of bodies both architectural and physical, Paz’s work for the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts is a powerful rumination on the interwoven social, architectural and political factors that constitute individual and collective identity. On the strength of this work, within a larger practice that encompasses art and architecture, performance and installation, the jury was delighted to select Alejandro Paz as the winner of the 2017 Grand Prix.

Work on the Biennial: Hypodermic (2017, intervention), made for the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts.


Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

 

Research Residency Award: Carlos Monroy

Carlos Monroy’s work for the Biennial impressively staged and overlaid a number of folk narratives of rebirth and regeneration in nature. Inspired by the Slovenian carnival figure of the kurent, Monroy initiated performances of a number of costumed representations of mythical figures that are at once the focus and embodiment of these folk celebrations. By engaging with Slovenian history (Monroy includes a woodcut by France Mihelič from 1955 depicting the kurent in his installation) and performers from the Contemporary Dance Studio (Ljubljana), Monroy produced an atmospheric video installation of these comparative, curiously solitary and mysterious rites being performed through the city at night. By using the body as a political and aesthetic tool, Monroy’s work raises interesting questions about the performance of ritual across cultures, research that the Jury believes would benefit greatly from the engagement with Ljubljana offered by the award of the Jury Prize and residency.

Work on the Biennial: Baphomet. One single birth made incarnate. (2017, performance and video installation), made for the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts.


Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

 

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Lecture: Robertina Šebjanič & Gjino Šutić: aqua_forensic

Thursday, 28 February, at 6 pm, Švicarija

As part of the year-long programme at Švicarija pursuing the motto community, art and nature, whose focus in 2019 rests on the analysis of the state of independent journalism and the issue of the right of the public to information, the artists and researchers Robertina Šebjanič (Ljubljana) and Gjino Šutić (Zagreb/Dubrovnik) will prepare a lecture on the subject of invisible water pollution.

Through a profound lecture, the artists and researchers will present their research project entitled aqua_forensic that exists at the intersection of art and science. Within this framework, they illuminate and reflect upon the invisible anthropogenic pollutants in the world’s water habitats (heavy metals, oils, antibiotics, leftovers of phytopharmaceutical products) and open up a discussion on human empathy towards (sub)aquatic habitats. The project therefore raises questions on so-called aquafarming in the period of the Anthropocene and on so-called terrafarming, i.e. the human imprint on the waters. But more than that, the artists raise the crucial question: How do the oceans feel our impact?

GUIDED TOUR WITH KATE SUTTON, THE CURATOR OF THE EXHIBITION FAIR GAME

Tuesday, 26 February at 5 pm


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

NATHALIE DU PASQUIER, FAIR GAME

30. 11. 2018–3. 3. 2019

Nathalie Du Pasquier’s compositions transform the interiors of the International Centre of Graphic Arts into a series of immersive microenvironments, sampling from over three decades of the artist’s paintings, prints, drawings and murals, as well as a new series of silkscreen prints, which was produced precisely in the screen-printing studio of the International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana.

Du Pasquier first made her name with vibrant, eye-catching graphics and textile prints shaped by the artist’s eclectic influences, boundless imagination and impulse towards experimentation. Since the late 1980s, she has focused primarily on painting, building up a tremendous body of work, much of which has yet to be exhibited publicly. Fair Game shuns a chronological ordering in favor of forging more intuitive formal affinities between the various series. Assorted elements or objects appear and reappear in different compositional configurations, like a card in a deck that takes on new powers and limitations with each hand dealt. This visual vocabulary is distilled in a new series of silkscreen printed modules – or as the artist calls it, “virtual furniture.”

Curator of the exhibition is Kate Sutton.

ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMME TO THE EXHIBITION


Nathalie Du Pasquier: Mensola piena, 2011, oil on canvas.

 

 

MILTON GLASER, POSTERS

23. 11. 2018–3. 3. 2019

Milton Glaser (1929, New York) is one of most important graphic designers in the world, who has designed hundreds of corporate images, magazines, newspapers, books, LP covers, and has created thousands of posters during his career spanning over fifty years. He has been inscribed into the world history of design with his iconic “I love NY” logo. Milton Glaser has decided to donate thirty-five original posters (created between 1966 and 2016) to the City of Ljubljana, which will enrich the collection of the International Centre of Graphic Arts after the exhibition.

A special thanks on the occasion of the exhibition goes to Mirko Ilić, who came up with the idea for the donation in 2017, when he was hosted at the Festival of Tolerance as a lecturer and the author of the TOLERANCE exhibition. The show is organised every year by Mini teater and the Ljubljana Jewish Cultural Centre with the support of the City of Ljubljana (MOL).

Accompanying Programme to the Exhibition


Milton Glaser, Posters, 2018.