ŠVICARIJA 

The International Centre of Graphic Arts received the Švicarija into its care on 9 May 2017. The renovated building was the venue of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts, and its first users moved into the art studios at the end of last year.

The Švicarija represents an extension of the central institution, both in terms of space and content. With the newly acquired unit, possibilities are being opened up for the International Centre of Graphic Arts to establish new ways of communicating with visitors as well as presenting and interpreting new artistic expressions. Contemporary art, which is at the International Centre of Graphic Arts considered in all its forms that intertwine with the printmaking medium, has with the Švicarija gained new leverage for further intensive development. The presence of artists, whether in the studio, workshops or expert meetings, promotes a direct and two-way flow of knowledge and experience between creators and visitors.

The Švicarija residency programme is closely linked to the location and history of the building, which already held an operative role as a production space in the past decades. Today, it once again provides a temporary studio space to thirteen Slovenian artists (Anja Jerčič, Neža Knez, Damijan Kracina, Silvan Omerzu, Tanja Pak, Silvester Plotajs Sicoe, Marija Mojca Pungerčar, Ana Sluga, Zora Stančič, Martina Štirn, Miha Štrukelj, Veljko Zejak, Plateauresidue), while introducing an international residency programme for which three live-in studios are intended that will host several foreign artists and other arts professionals every year. Various types of residency programmes are planned to this end, lasting from two weeks to six months, while guest residents are selected according to various principles: artists working with MGLC in the concept and implementation of the programme, those selected in an open call, or guests who are part of inter-institutional exchanges.

The vision of the newly acquired unit and its activities is based on an understanding of the specific socio-historical contexts within which Švicarija took on its various roles. Through the historical perspective, it outlines itself as a space of hospitality, welcome, coexistence, exchange and transformation. By thinking of the needs of the present time, the Švicarija continues and develops these ideas and values. It is our wish for a new cultural, educational and social centre in Ljubljana to be born at the crossroads between the International Centre of Graphic Arts and the Švicarija.

 

Photo: Urška Boljkovac, MGLC Archive.

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A note to visitors of the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts: Crack Up – Crack Down

We notify you that the exhibition of work by Hinko Smrekar The Seven Deadly Sins was on view at the National Gallery of Slovenia until the end of August. The works were exhibited as part of the Biennial and announced a major retrospective of the artist's works next year.

Photo: Jaka Babnik. Archive: MGLC.

Alicja Rogalska: Citizens of Nowhere, Artist talk

25th International Festival of Contemporary Arts – City of Women

Friday, 13. 9.
18.00, Švicarija

Alicja Rogalska is this year’s City of Women’s artist-in-residence at Švicarija, commissioned by the curatorial duo osborn&møller. During the one-month residency programme, Rogalska will address the issue of The Erased, the around twenty thousand people, who were left without citizenship shortly after Slovenia declared independence in 1991. The newly founded state (Republic of Slovenia) stripped The Erased of a social existence, prompting the artist to question how this identity which was taken away could even begin to be represented. The artist will share some possible answers and performative actions that will ensue from the residency programme with audiences at the artist talk taking place at Švicarija (13 September), as well as in the screening and conversation at Škuc Gallery as part of the solo exhibition Kinds of Pressure (2–18 October).

Alicja Rogalska mostly works in specific contexts, making situations, performances, videos and installations in collaboration with other people to collectively search for emancipatory ideas for the future. She is currently artist-in-residence at the Stuart Hall Library/INIVA in London and is working on a commission for Art Exchange in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences at Essex University and Focal Point Gallery. She has recently presented her work at Biennale Warszawa, Kyoto Art Centre, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka and MuseumsQuartier in Vienna.

Artist talk will be delivered in English!

Free entry!

Local research assistant: Olga Michalik; Alicja Rogalska assistant: Linnea Hansander; produced by: City of Women; co-produced by: MGLC – International Centre of Graphic Arts, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Kunstencentrum Vooruit; supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana.