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 What makes the edition particularly special are the unpublished letters to American writer and poet Djuna Barnes, which are published in this edition for the first time.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 This, and all the unpublished material, could make it interesting not only for the Slovenian but also for the Spanish-speaking audience.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.

 

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OPEN CALL!, CRITIC IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMME 2020

MGLC Švicarija in collaboration with the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory, both based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, invites art critics or cultural journalists to apply for a fully-funded, one-month residency in Ljubljana in October 2020.

Deadline for applications: 17 February 2020

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Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Arhive.

 

Openning of the exhibition

Helena Tahir, Somewhere Near

Friday, 31 January, at 1 pm, MGLC

The opening will include a guided tour by the artist Helena Tahir and the exhibition curator Božidar Zrinski.


Helena Tahir: Print (4),
from the series In the Whirl
(90 x 65 cm, linocut, 2017).

Helena Tahir represents the youngest generation of artists to deliberately explore the properties of classic printmaking techniques both in terms of form and content, hence actively co-creating the image of contemporary graphic creativity on the Slovenian art scene. The exhibition presents drawings and prints made over the recent years, some of which are here presented to the public for the first time. Helena Tahir’s graphic prints are characterised by the loquacious interweaving of various images stemming from the imagination, brimming with meaningful associations and historical references that must be carefully observed in order to make them easier to understand.

The 12th Bobri Ljubljana Festival of Culture and Art Education programme in MGLC

Experimental print workshops accompanying the exhibition From the Biennial Prize Winners Collection: Shifts in the Canon. Suitable for organised groups of children from kindergarten and the first three-year age range of primary school. In cooperation with the Department of Art Education, Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana.
Monday to Friday, 20.–24. January and
27.–30. January, 10.00–12.00, MGLC 

Bookings to lili.sturm@mglc-lj.si

How do we cure a sick artwork? The workshop on basic restorative technology is suitable for organised groups of children from the first and second three-year age range of primary school. Conducted by mag. Boge Dimovski
Tuesday, 21. January, 10.00–11.00, MGLC Švicarija

Bookings to lili.sturm@mglc-lj.si

FAMILY FOLD’R THE SECRET LIFE
OF ART

We have again prepared a Family Fold’r for you, which you receive free of charge when you purchase a family ticket to view the exhibition From the Biennial Prize Winners Collection: Shifts in the Canon.

You are invited to join us for a graphic adventure discovering the interesting stories as told by the works in the exhibition. And you won’t get lost, there is a pencil and a map of the gallery rooms to help you along.