Cycle of Guatemalan Film at the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts

 

Tuesday, 29 August, 17.00–21.00 (premiere), Švicarija Creative Centre
Sunday, 8 August, 16.00–20.00 (repeat screening), Švicarija Creative Centre

Free of charge.

The cycle of eight documentary, fiction and short films shows three views of the turbulent history of Guatemala: The period of the Civil War, the postwar period and the experimental age of Guatemalan film. The selector of the cycle is Alberto Rodríguez Collía, a participating artist in the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts.

Film evening programme
Mary Ellen Davis: The Devil's Dream (Las quimeras del Diablo)
Luis Argeta: Guatemalan Christmas (Navidad Guatemalteca)
Diego Sagastume: My Mom Rules
Evelyn Price in Loco González: Anatomically Correct (Anatómicamente correcto)
Julio Hernández Cordón: Dust (Polvo)                      
Teatro de los Vagos: The Intertidal Zone (La zona intertidal)
Juan Brenner in Byron Mármol: Joy Vincio
Carlos Amorales: Orellana's Fantasy

The viewing of the films is free of charge. There is one break with refreshments during the cycle.

 

THE DEVIL'S DREAM
Mary Ellen Davis
, Canada, 1992, 68'
Combining lyricism, realism and irony, this documentary explores the soul of this paradoxical country. We discover not only the beauty of the landscape, the people and their creative imagination, but also the wretched conditions of life, the spectre of violence and a pervasive sense of the absurd.
Guatemala is a society split between native and non-native, rich and poor, civil and military. Those who dare to protest, risk their lives. In this documentary, the people tell the story in their own words.

GUATEMALAN CHRISTMAS
Luis Argeta, Guatemala
, USA, 1976, 4'
In the middle of a house in ruins after the earthquake trembled, two women are preparing a ritual by killing a turkey. They proceed to serve its blood while we hear that a typewriter machine sound converts into a machine gun firing.

MY MOM RULES
Diego Sagastume
, Guatemala, 2010, 13'
On a flat roof, a bored child wanders completely alone, lurking for anything that may be a source of entertainment. Anything will work to kill the time in an almost desperate loneliness driven by abandon.

ANATOMICALLY CORRECT
Evelyn Price and Loco González
, Guatemala, 2016, 12'
This is a video that captures a non traditional theatre play that was performed in an abandoned house. Among the rubble, a woman erupts with a visceral monologue, crawls up the walls, slides on the floor trying to relieve herself of the pressure from a complicated existence lead by an oppressive society.

DUST
Julio Hernández Cordón
, Guatemala, Spain, Chile, Germany, 2012, 80'
A married couple produce a documentary about women looking for their husbands and fathers who disappeared during the Guatemalan Civil War. Amongst them, they meet Delfina and her son Juan. After sixteen years, the woman continues to search for her husband. The ghost of Juan's disappeared father chases him constantly, until he finds himself in danger of his own life and those of others.

THE INTERTIDAL ZONE
Teatro de los Vagos
, Guatemala, Salvador, 1980, 15'
A compromised teacher encourages his students to stand for what they believe in. We follow the courageous teacher in the period during the protests as he chats after class or grades students' papers alone in his quiet house. He lives close to the ocean, where the low tide sometimes reveals sombre surprises.

JOY VINCIO
Juan Brenner and Byron Mármol
, Guatemala, 2011, 14'
Through an intricate, complex and stylish perception, ten stories from the 1990s in Guatemala are reinterpreted. Some stories had a profound impact on a generation, others, on just a single person. Teenage sex tapes, an aristocrat murderer, or a magician hiding his sexual preferences to his family, are among the stories.

ORELLANA'S FANTASY
Carlos Amorales
, Mexico, 2013, 6'
Joaquín Orellana is a contemporary musician, his work spans for more than 50 years. He is renowned for creating very singular instruments that require a precise way of performing on them. He also had to create a new way of writing and reading music, a new method needed for a correct interpretation of his music. The vigorous and simplistic traces of this new alphabet, combined with its performance, remind of a beautiful choreographed dance.

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The Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature Project

Tivoli – Art with Nature, lecture
Olga Paulič: Tivoli Architecture

TIVOLI ARCHITECTURE
Thursday, 18 October, at 6 pm
admission: 2 eur

The beginning of the architectural design of Tivoli Park is represented by the stately architecture of Tivoli Mansion and Leopoldsruhe Mansion (the Cekin Mansion of today). Later, buildings intended for leisure activities started to appear, especially sports and recreational facilities, as well as entertainment facilities. We must also not forget the important cultural buildings on the edge of Tivoli, which are, unfortunately, cut off from the rest of the park because of the railway line.


Tivoli Mansion.
Photo: Matevža Paternoster. MGLC Archive.

The Secret Life of Books,
literary panel discussions
Nature, Society, People

Wednesday, 24 October, at 6 pm
free of charge

Book: James Lovelock, A Rough Ride to the Future

How are nature and society connected? Do people also create and build nature? What are the links between the environment and social change? How does nature affect an individual? The starting point for the discussion is drawn from the ideas of the Švicarija: Community, Art and Nature project.

Guests: Janez MarkešMitja Pucer and Ajda Pistotnik, led by Nika Kovač.

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US IN THE CHILDREN'S STUDIO IN THE ŠVICARIJA CREATIVE CENTRE!

Creative workshops, animations and guided tours of the building are held for children every Friday. The studio operates free of charge every Friday from May to November, from 10 am to 1 pm. The activities are led by the gallery mentors Petra Derganc, Tina Boc, Petja Kolenko and Katja Kovše.

You may like to book your visit by writing to the following e-mail: petra.derganc@mglc-lj.si.

ARTISTS ON A VISIT!

TODAY

Talk: Marie Lukačeva (Prague) and Fokus Grupa (Rijeka)

Tuesday, 16 October, at 6 pm
Tobacco 001 Cultural Centre, free of charge

The talk presents the artists visiting Ljubljana, who are staying at the residency centres of Švicarija Creative Centre (MGLC) and Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre (MGML). Currently resident and working at the Švicarija Creative Centre is artist Marie Lukačeva from Prague, whereas the Fokus Grupa duo from Rijeka is having its residential stay at Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre. We will talk with the guests about creative practice, the emerging work as part of the residency stay and other related issues.

Marie Lukačeva is a participant of the two-month residency programme at the Švicarija Creative Centre, which is taking place as part of an inter-institutional exchange between the Futura Project, Prague and MGLC, Ljubljana.

Fokus Grupa is a duo that is being hosted as part of the residency programme of the Museum and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana and will present itself with an exhibition project at Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre at the end of its stay on the 24 October of this year.

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Photo: Fokus Grupa.

Theme-based guided tour of the retrospective exhibition by Riko Debenjak

TODAY

16 October, at 6 pm, admission for exhibition
The Karst World of Riko Debenjak and Zoran Mušič
dr. Nataša Ivanović, art historian


Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

NEW EXHIBITION

Matjaž Geder
Preparations for Improvisation

17. 10.–11. 11. 2018
opening: Wednesday, October 17,
at 6 pm

Matjaž Geder is an art teacher at the Murska Sobota  II  Elementary School. It is precisely the pedagogical profession that has a profound influence on his creative world, which is constantly in passing from a direct and illustrative visual language to more complex conceptual and symbolically conceived images. He puts the rigid school system, which is based on a way of thinking that is both clichéd and indiscriminate, under critical comparison with the attitude towards the destigmatisation of mental illness, which come surprisingly close in his works.  A selection of works created in the recent years is on view, as well as a series of new prints, produced specifically for the exhibition.


Matjaž Gedr: Step-ping, 2018, monoprint, 66 x 100 cm.