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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WATCH OUT! WET PRINT! #6 Jaka Babnik

Jaka Babnik: Top Location

9. 8.–4. 9. 2017

opening event: Wednesday, 9 August,
at 5 pm

the TAM-TAM Street Gallery at Vegova (opposite Glasbena matica)

As signs of development and local progress, roundabouts have become the subject of public debates on effective traffic regulation, modernization and the economic progress of a particular town, immediately also accompanied by discussions on their aesthetic and urban potential. With the construction of roundabouts, a new type of space has appeared as a target for the gaze in the Slovenian traffic and cultural landscape – a top location. This has been recognised by the local authorities as an excellent opportunity to express the identity of their town and its surroundings. They have embarked upon designing and arranging roundabouts quite seriously, perhaps even overzealously at times, in many cases making the top location a space presenting the stereotypical image of the town and expression of the homelike mindset, which is hard to grasp by those driving by. The series of photographs entitled Top Location is a photo-documentary contribution to the discussion on the aesthetic values that we shape collaboratively by using the public space.


Jaka Babnik. Top Location.

32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion: Guided tours

Guided tours for the main exhibition of the32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion

August

Biennial TOP 10

Guided tours of selected Biennial works and printing workshops.
One-hour-long guided tours of selected works of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion.
Free admission with a Biennial ticket or the Urbana tourist card.

Printing workshops are free of charge.

Tuesday, 1 August
17.00–18.00: Biennial TOP 10 in the Slovenian and English language, MGLC
18.00–20.00: Stories in the Grass: stories and printing workshop. Topic: water. Švicarija Creative Centre

Tuesday, 8 August
17.00–18.00: Biennial TOP 10 in the Slovenian and German language, MGLC
18.00–20.00: Stories in the Grass: recounting stories and poetry with printing workshop for small prints, prints on t-shirts, bags and stickers. Topic: water. Švicarija Creative Centre

Tuesday, 15 August
17.00–18.00: Biennial TOP 10 in the Slovenian language, MGLC
18.00–20.00: Stories in the Grass: stories and printing workshop. Topic: water. Švicarija Creative Centre 

Tuesday, 22 August
17.00–18.00: Biennial TOP 10 in the Slovenian and English language, MGLC
18.00–20.00: Stories in the Grass: stories and printing workshop. Topic: water. Švicarija Creative Centre 


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion

This week at the Biennial

Tuesday, 15 August
17.00–18.00: Biennial TOP 10: guided tour in the Slovenian language (conducted by Gregor Dražil), MGLC
18.00–20.00: Stories in the Grass: stories and printing workshop. (Bring the T-shirts with you!) Topic: water. Švicarija Creative Centre, free of charge

The main exhibition of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion (MGLC and Švicarija) is open until 8 pm on every Tuesday in August.

Hot off the press!
Biennial map Birth as Criterion for Children and Families
Children, families, you may arrive at the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts exactly when there is no guided tour or workshop. You may well like to "have a chat" with the artworks, but you don’t know where to start?! We suggest that you use the map, which will direct your steps around the main Biennial exhibition Birth as Criterion at MGLC and at the Švicarija Creative Centre, in an interactive and brain-twisting way, through the witty illustrations by Anja Jerčič Jakob, who has portrayed the artworks as "little art potatoes".
Available as a free publication at the exhibition venues of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts and at certain info points across Ljubljana.
Authors: Anja Jerčič Jakob (drawings) & Lili Šturm (text)

Public guided tours of the exhibition Mario Bonomi: Printmaking Forever 
Saturday, 19 August, at 16.30, in the English language
Sunday, 20 August, at 16.30, in the Slovenian language