- About the Biennial
- Biennial history
The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts
- The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts - Artist Talks
- Erica Ferrari: o whom does this architecture belong?
- The 32nd Biennial Opening Days
- Accompanying Programme of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts
- Cycle of Guatemalan Film at the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts
- Lecture: Švicarija –Ljubljana’s “nest of art”
- The prizes of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts
- Book: Alejandra Pizarnik, Nocturnal Singer
- The 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts
- From Biennial to Biennial
- The 33rd Biennial of Graphic Arts
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.