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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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.