From Biennial to Biennial

Books presentation, symposium, exhibition
28 – 30 November
International Centre of Graphic Arts and Švicarija Creative Centre

Book presentation
Nocturnal Singer (selection of works of Argentinian poet Alejandra Pizarnik (1936–1972)
Selected Poems by Jure Detela (1951–1992)
Wednesday, 28 November, at 6 pm
International Centre of Graphic Arts

Symposium
The Irrational in a Biennial
Thursday, 29 November, 10 am – 6 pm
Švicarija Creative Centre
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Exhibition opening
Fair Game, Nathalie Du Pasquier, curator Kate Sutton
Friday, 30 November, at 1 pm
International Centre of Graphic Arts

The three-day event entitled From Biennial to Biennial is a postponed reflection on the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion. It is composed of a presentation of the book Nocturnal Singer by Alejandra Pizarnik and Selected Poems by Jure Detela, an international symposium, The Irrational in a Biennial that opens up questions on the traditional biennial structure and critique, and a solo exhibition by Nathalie Du Pasquier entitled Fair Game. The book presentation, symposium and exhibition as diverse mediums of perception invite reflection on the phenomenon of the biennial.

The book Nocturnal Singer brings a selection of works by the Argentinian poet Alejandra Pizarnik (1936–1972). The extensive monograph contains a major part of her poetic oeuvre, the prose Bloody Countess, and the poet’s own reflection on her poetry. What makes the edition particularly special are her drawings and two unpublished letters to Djuna Barnes. The works have been selected and translated by Miklavž Komelj and Nada Kavčič, who are also the authors of the accompanying essays. A text on Alejandra Pizarnik’s relationship to colour has been contributed by artist Yucef Merhi, who is the author of the digital art prints published in the book for the first time. The publication was created as part of the project of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts.

Jure Detela (1951–1992) was not only one of the most important poets in the Slovenian language, we have recently been discovering just how outstanding his poetry – which tried to establish new possibilities for communication between people and the “beings from foreign worlds” – is also by world measure. This printed edition, which consists of two books and is accompanied by extensive notes, includes his entire collection of poetry on 1800 pages edited by Miklavž Komelj. The vast majority of the poems and fragments have been published in this edition for the first time.

All the artists invited to participate in the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion in Ljubljana received the poem Birth as Criterion by Jure Detela with the desire to trigger something along with their invitation.

The book was published by Beletrina Publishing Institute in 2018.

Nathalie Du Pasquier established herself with her striking graphics and textile prints, whereas she has focused primarily on painting since the late 1980s. The exhibition Fair Game looks for the intuitive formal links between the individual parts of her oeuvre. 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. The compositions in which the artist uses the motifs from her paintings, prints, drawings and murals, transform the gallery space into a set of microenvironments that immerse the visitor.

The starting point of The Irrational in a Biennial symposium is an experiment – the process of selecting the artists of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion, which can be regarded as a departure from the academicism of the curatorial practices due to its hint of the irrational. The symposium will try to address the problematic nature of the biennial structure and at the same time present concrete examples of biennials that have managed to go beyond the established methods of selection. The event also acts as the announcement of the next, 33rd Biennial of Graphic Arts, which will be curated by the Slavs and Tatars collective. The focal point of the biennial will be the idea of ​​satire as a distinctly visual language, with the “graphic” that marks the history of this event being understood and questioned in the broad field of the expressive, uninhibited, even lurid.

With contributions by Zasha Colah (Clark House Initiative, Bombay), Ana Dević (WHW – What, How and for Whom collective, Zagreb), Anselm Franke (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin), Gerardo Mosquera (independent curator and critic, Madrid), Christian Oxenius (freelance curator, author and researcher, Athens), Viktorija Rybakova (artist and architect, Brussels), Slavs and Tatars (artists, curators of the 33rd Biennial of Graphic Arts), Nevenka Šivavec (director, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana), Vladimir Vidmar (curator, ŠKUC Gallery, Ljubljana) and ŠUM (art theory collective, Ljubljana).

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PLATEAURESIDUE: Sub Persona

25. 10.–29. 12. 2019

MGLC – Švicarija

 

You are invited to attend the opening of the exhibition by the PLATEAURESIDUE duo (Aljaž Celarc & Eva Pavlič Seifert) on Friday, 25 October 2019, at 19.00, presenting their new Sub Persona research and exhibition project. The exhibition is part of the year-long programme of Švicarija pursuing the motto community, art and nature, which in 2019 focuses on the analysis of the state of independent journalism and the right of the public to information. The artists, whose practice usually interlaces ecology and art, this time examine the state of forest ecosystems and the human impact on them due to past and present forest management. They will present their multimedia installation for the first time, which promotes the development of sensory thinking and questions the contemporary understanding of the environment and man’s attitude towards it.

During the preparations for the project, the artists talked to people who are directly involved in maintaining forests and have differing opinions about how they should be managed and perceived. Forests possess many functions, ranging from ecological, economic to cultural, and provide us all with a quality life on many levels. The present-day urban population often perceives forests as spaces of unspoilt nature even though they have been completely transformed by the centuries of human management. It is precisely the tradition of encroaching upon and exploiting forests that dictates the responsibility of mankind to manage them in a sustainable way, to take care of the consequences of bad practice and to eliminate the effects of climate change. The artists explore how contemporary forest management and forestry approach the goals dictated by the Pro Silva Pan-European sustainable management model, which was developed in 1989, based on the Slovenian tradition of selective felling. The goal of the Pro Silva model is to preserve all key forest functions for future generations: ecosystem, soil and climate protection, production of wood and wood products, recreation and preservation of cultural heritage.

PLATEAURESIDUE is the imaginary identity of geographer and artist Aljaž Celarc and art historian Eva Pavlič Seifert. Their practice is concerned with exploring landscape ecology and uses new media to search for new ways of raising public awareness. Accordingly, they always give a voice to the participants in their projects, natural forms such as rocks, air, organisms and other units of matter, which they reorganise into new unusual forms and new media systems. The artist duo lives and works in Novi Kot, in the hinterland of the forests of Mount Gotenica and Snežnik Plateau.

 

Plateauresidue: Sub Persona, 2019 (video still)

RogLab Open: Active Aging, exhibition of prototypes

Opening: 10 October 2019, at 7 pm

MGLC – Švicarija, Ljubljana

 

The exhibition, at the conclusion of the international project RogLab Open: Active Aging, will feature four award-winning prototypes from the proposals submitted that best addressed the problems of the elderly. The teens who triggered of Beatlemania and the hippies from the Woodstock era are now around seventy years old. RogLab points out precisely to their needs and presents solutions that allow them to live an active and independent life: an intergenerational playground toy by André Vanzolin (Brazil), a hydroponic garden for the physically disabled by Eamon Durey (Northern Ireland), additions for steps by Dušan Uršič (Slovenia) and classically tailored clothing for fashion-conscious seniors, developed by Ina Nathalie Bölsing, Kaja Čufer, Tajda Dražić and Katarina Ekart from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering under the mentorship of Alenka More (Slovenia). All these prototypes will be on view at Švicarija until 20 October 2019.

The exhibition was produced in collaboration between RogLab (MGML) and MGLC.

The project is supported by the City of Ljubljana.

Part of the partner network of the Center for Creativity, this project is co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Slovenia.

 

Dušan Uršič: additions for steps, prototypes

Marathon Guided Tour: Exhibitions are visited ON FOOT!

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. Archive: MGLC.

On Saturday, 21 September, for European Mobility Week, we have prepared the themed guided tour Exhibitions are visited ON FOOT!, whilst we also host the Biennial Doors Open Day.

You will be taken around the venues of this year's Biennial by Museum Information Officer, Gregor Dražil. The meeting point for the guided tour is in front of MGLC at 11.00, and in front of the National Gallery of Slovenia at 12.30.

The tour will be accompanied by impro interventions in collaboration with Impro liga, therefore get ready for one of the more exciting guided tours so far!

P. S.: Please wear appropriate footwear (our hedgehog has also put on his trainers).