Alejandra Pizarnik, Nocturnal Singer
Cantora nocturna / Nocturnal Singer, in a bilingual Spanish-Slovenian edition presenting the work of the cult Argentinian poet Alejandra Pizarnik (1936–1972), has answered the question as to why poetry today: “We need a space in which the impossible becomes possible.” Her entire poetic oeuvre can be read as the evocation of this transformation in the battle against opaqueness and in the desire to create “a writing thick with insufferableness, to choking, yet only made of subtle ties, that would allow the innocent coexistence of subject and object at the same level, as well as the abolition of the usual boundaries that separate me, you, he, we, you, they.”
The book was published as one of the projects of the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts: Birth as Criterion. The idea for it was born when Venezuelan artist Yucef Merhi, one of the pioneers of digital art in Latin America and a great enthusiast of Alejandra Pizarnik, was on the MGLC residency in Ljubljana and he met the translators of her poetry into the Slovenian language.
The editor of the book is Miklavž Komelj. In the translation of Nada Kavčič and Miklavž Komelj, Nocturnal Singer offers a representative selection of the poet’s work from all her poetry collections and from the poems that had not yet been collected into books, her essential prose Bloody Countess and notes in which she spoke about her work. What makes the edition particularly special are the unpublished letters to American writer and poet Djuna Barnes, which are published in this edition for the first time. These are followed by the essays of Miklavž Komelj, Nada Kavčič and Yucef Merhi, who also contributed seven digital art prints. In addition, the visual reproductions of the manuscripts and drawings by Alejandra Pizarnik and the drawings of Silvina Ocampo are also included.
The book has 500 pages, with 150 pages of accompanying text that opens up new views of the poet. This, and all the unpublished material, could make it interesting not only for the Slovenian but also for the Spanish-speaking audience.
The book was designed by Ivian Kan Mujezinović.
Photo: Nejc Ketiš. MGLC Archive.
Yuceef Merhi: Works and Nights (1–7), prints, produced with software, 2012.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR VISUAL ARTISTS AT THE ŠVICARIJA CREATIVE CENTRE
The Švicarija Creative Centre and MGLC are looking for a visual artist, who will attend a one-month residency programme in Ljubljana. The candidate we are seeking ideally works across different mediums and genres, touches upon the notions of “community, nature and art” in their work, and/or whose practice is focused on the themes of social engagement, right to information and/or independent journalism.
Call for applications - full text
The deadline for applications is 18 February 2019.
The period of the residency is 1–30 November 2019.
+386 (0)30 708 469
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR ART CRITICS / CULTURAL JOURNALISTS AT THE Švicarija Creative Centre
Švicarija Creative Centre and MGLC Ljubljana are looking for an art critic or cultural journalist, who is active in writing and publishing reviews and/or other forms of art writing in an international context. We are therefore aiming to host a critic or journalist, who has an interest in the vibrant art scene of Ljubljana and who is able to produce at least two (2) pieces of writing (reviews, interviews, columns, etc.) on selected artworks or art events in Ljubljana over the course of the residency. The articles are to be published in the English language in a relevant magazine (printed or online), radio, television or personal blog. We will select the candidate, who will provide the best possible outreach for the articles produced during the one-month “critic in residency” period in Ljubljana.
Call for applications - full text
Deadline for applications is 18 February 2019.
The period of the residency is 1–31 October 2019.
+386 (0)30 708 469
Foto: Jaka Babnik. Arhiv MGLC.
Call for applications for an artist residency in Norway
MGLC/Švicarija Creative Centre and NKD/Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale are publishing a call for submissions for an artist residency in Norway in 2019.
On the basis of an inter-institutional exchange between the Švicarija Creative Centre (MGLC, Ljubljana) and the NKD Dale artist-in-residence centre (Dale, Norway), we invite visual and/or intermedia artists from Slovenia, or those that live and work here, to apply for an artist residency in Norway. The selected artist will take part in a two-month artist residency at the NKD Dale artist-in-residence centre, which operates under the auspices of the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. As part of the reciprocal exchange of residency artists between MGLC, Ljubljana and NKD Dale, a selected Norwegian artist will be staying at the residence in Ljubljana during the summer months, while an artist from Slovenia will take up their residency in Norway.
Entire call for submissions
The deadline for applications is 11 February 2019!
In all Directions
performance at the exhibition Fair Game
Sunday, February 17, at 4 pm
The Korean dancer Yong Min Cho will carry out a dance intervention at the Fair Game exhibition based on the language of the body, setting up and articulating unusual and new trajectories among the individual artworks. Nathalie Du Pasquier has designed and selected some of the accessories that will be used in the performance by Yong Min Cho. These include graphic pieces reminiscent of road signs. And it is precisely these signs that have inspired the title Tutte le Direzioni – taken from an Italian road sign, which indicates the way leading in all directions.
Yong Min Cho: Other Objects,
performance at the exhibition by Nathalie Du Pasquier, Other Rooms
(Camden Arts Center: September 2017 - January 2018). Photo by: Camden Arts Centre.
Guided tour with Kate Sutton, the curator of the exhibition
Tuesday, 26 February at 5 pm
Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.
NATHALIE DU PASQUIER, FAIR GAME
30. 11. 2018–3. 3. 2019
Nathalie Du Pasquier’s compositions transform the interiors of the International Centre of Graphic Arts into a series of immersive microenvironments, sampling from over three decades of the artist’s paintings, prints, drawings and murals, as well as a new series of silkscreen prints, which was produced precisely in the screen-printing studio of the International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana.
Du Pasquier first made her name with vibrant, eye-catching graphics and textile prints shaped by the artist’s eclectic influences, boundless imagination and impulse towards experimentation. Since the late 1980s, she has focused primarily on painting, building up a tremendous body of work, much of which has yet to be exhibited publicly. Fair Game shuns a chronological ordering in favor of forging more intuitive formal affinities between the various series. 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. This visual vocabulary is distilled in a new series of silkscreen printed modules – or as the artist calls it, “virtual furniture.”
Curator of the exhibition is Kate Sutton.
ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMME TO THE EXHIBITION
Nathalie Du Pasquier: Mensola piena, 2011, oil on canvas.
THE LAST GUIDED TOUR OF THE EXHIBITION MILTON GLASER, POSTERS
Tuesday, February 19, at 5.30 pm
(in Slovene at 5 pm)
admission is free
Conducted by Gregor Dražil, Museum Information Officer.
Milton Glaser: I Love NY More Than Ever, 2001.
MILTON GLASER, POSTERS
23. 11. 2018–3. 3. 2019
Milton Glaser (1929, New York) is one of most important graphic designers in the world, who has designed hundreds of corporate images, magazines, newspapers, books, LP covers, and has created thousands of posters during his career spanning over fifty years. He has been inscribed into the world history of design with his iconic “I love NY” logo. Milton Glaser has decided to donate thirty-five original posters (created between 1966 and 2016) to the City of Ljubljana, which will enrich the collection of the International Centre of Graphic Arts after the exhibition.
A special thanks on the occasion of the exhibition goes to Mirko Ilić, who came up with the idea for the donation in 2017, when he was hosted at the Festival of Tolerance as a lecturer and the author of the TOLERANCE exhibition. The show is organised every year by Mini teater and the Ljubljana Jewish Cultural Centre with the support of the City of Ljubljana (MOL).
Accompanying Programme to the Exhibition
Milton Glaser, Posters, 2018.