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

TOUCH AND FEEL BOOK ABOUT ŠVICARIJA

Wednesday, 25 April, 11.00–13.00, Švicarija Creative Centre
Lecture and workshop, conducted dr. Aksinja Kermauner

The public lecture with workshop is an introduction to the process of making a touch and feel book about the Švicarija Creative Centre.

To participate in the workshop, which will take place in the second part of the meeting, please book due to limited space by writing to lili.sturm@mglc-lj.si .

How do people with visual impairment see? Who are they? How to provide them with as friendly a life as possible in an environment that is not adapted for them? The lecture and workshop will be an attempt to overcome stereotypes, prejudices, fears ... since the participants, wearing black blindfolds and simulation glasses, will try to touch the world of the blind and the visually impaired, and at the same time experience themselves what could be improved.

Dr. Aksinja Kermauner is writer, poet and teacher, as well as specialist teacher for the blind and visually impaired.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

 

 

 

David Lynch: Fire on Stage

Guided tour of the exhibition David Lynch, Fire on Stage

Tuesday, 24 April, 18.00, admission payable to see the exhibition

Conducted by the curator of the exhibition, Božidar Zrinski.

Tuesday guided tours of the exhibition

Guided tours in Slovenian and English are part of the programme every Tuesday in May and June at 6 pm, and every Tuesday in July at 7 pm.
The tours are conducted by Museum Information Officer, Gregor Dražil.

Occasionally, the guided tours may be conducted by guest speakers, which can be followed in the programme on the MGLC website: www.mglc-lj.si.

Admission payable to see the exhibition, the guided tour is free of charge.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.

David Lynch: Fire on Stage

11th Cultural Studies Symposium on Truth
Post-reality

Friday, 20 April, 17.00–20.00, Švicarija Creative Centre, admission free

The 11th Cultural Studies Symposium will be held in Ljubljana from 18 to 20 April, this time on the subject of truth, entitled Post-reality, and organised by the Kult.co cultural studies society. You are invited to listen in on the Art and Truth panel on the closing day of the symposium.

•lectures (in Slovenian language) and performances
•participating guests: Maja Burja, Urška Aplinc, Bor Bevc, Vesna Liponik, Bojana Vasića, Marija Glavaš, Teja Tegelj, Bara Kolenc

David Lynch, Fire on Stage

13. 4.–29. 7. 2018

The first presentation of the American film director, scriptwriter, photographer, painter, musician and printmaker David Lynch in Slovenia. The Fire on Stage exhibition offers a selection of seventy fine art graphic prints produced in the lithography technique. The presentation is rounded off by paintings from private collections, watercolours, as well as a selection of experimental and animated films. What all the displayed works have in common is the intertwining of the surrealistic, expressive and grotesque, by which a Lynchian atmosphere is established. This will be followed in the exhibition set-up with a stage-like feel conjured up by set designer Branko Hojnik.


Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.