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 What makes the edition particularly special are her drawings and two unpublished letters to Djuna Barnes.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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Drop-in zine workshop with Hamja Ahsan

Saturday, 28 September, 10.00–18.00, DobraVaga

Hamja Ahsan is an artist, activist and curator, who lives and works in London. He is the author of Shy Radicals: Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert and the founder of the DIY Cultures festival of creative activism, fanzines and independent publishing. He is presenting himself at the Biennial with a referendum and inviting visitors to the venues of the Ljubljana Biennial to vote for these zones to join the seceded Aspergistan Federation. He will be conducting a drop-in (fan)zine workshop with visitors over the age of 18, which will reflect the message of the Biennial exhibition.

Advance bookings are appreciated, to be made to petra.derganc@mglc-lj.si.

Free of charge.

Foto: Urška Boljkovac. Archive: MGLC.

WE WISH YOU GOOD MORNING AT MULTIVISION!

As part of the Multivision project (www.multivizija.si), which explores the diversity of identities through multimedia creation, we are organising relaxed morning conversations with interesting dialogue partners to talk about identities, otherness as an experience of social exclusion, and socially engaged creation in response to the social challenges of contemporary society.

We invite you to join us for relaxed morning conversations with three interesting women over tea or coffee at Švicarja in Tivoli, in the inspiring ambience of the Batič Sculpture Studio, from 10.30 to 11.00.

On 7 August 2019, with singer-songwriter, researcher, mentor and publicist Katarina Juvančič, who will take us through the musical creation of stories about women.

On 21 August 2019, with researcher and scientist Mirjam Milharčič Hladnik, PhD, who will introduce us to the concept of assembled identities.

On 4 September 2019, with writer, researcher and scientist Svetlana Slapšak, PhD, who will take us into the interweavings of science and art that talk about women, identities and love.

All welcome!

The event is part of the Multivision: Multimedia, Dance and Theatre Training for Vulnerable Groups project. The project is funded by the European Union from the European Social Fund and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. 

The event is organised by the APIS Institute in collaboration with the International Centre of Graphic Arts.

* The conversations will be recorded and subsequently posted on the web and the social networks.

TUESDAY GUIDED TOURS

6. 8.–27. 8. 2019  Multiple venues

Every Tuesday in August a guided tour of the galleries in the city centre will be held, starting at 18.30, meeting point at Equrna Gallery.

Guided tour with reflection on the Biennial

Tuesday, 17 September, 17.00

Guided tour starts at MGLC.

Admission payable, guided tour free of charge.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. Arhiv: MGLC.