You are invited to participate in creating the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts as part of the project To whom does this architecture belong? by artist Erica Ferrari!

This is an invitation to write your thoughts about the the city of Ljubljana, the public treatment of the architecture, heritage, sculptures, tourism. What do you think about how the city is evolving/changing? How does this affect you, your relation with the city, your daily routine. 

The sentences will be part of an artistic project by a Brazilian artist at the 23nd Biennial of Graphic Arts and will be written on the facade of Tivoli Mansion.

Please answer back this e-amil with one or more sentences it will stay in total anonimity you can write in english or slovenian.

We count with your thoughts! Thank you

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About the artist

Erica Ferrari (1981) lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. She graduated in Visual Arts from the University of São Paulo with a BA in Sculpture. Her work focuses on the relationships between architecture, landscape and day-to-day life in the city. This includes a study of the historic and symbolic density of architectural structures, different representations of the idea of landscape and the elements that visually compose our understanding of what is constructed and what is natural. The pieces are presented as objects or panels, usually constructed of materials commonly used in houses and furniture like wood, plaster and formica.

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About the project To whom does this architecture belong?

Phrases collected, video intervention and souvenir

Architecture and its uses model life in the city. In a metropolis like São Paulo, in constant destruction and construction of its physical configuration, transience not only reflects the usually predatory dynamics of the real estate market, but also the lack of regulation and conservation of buildings and public spaces by the government. In this context of changes, how does the population express itself and consolidate its identity? One of the most interesting ways is graffiti. From the 1960s, the practice of writing over architecture became a symbol of political protest, a manifestation of identity and expression. The practice took its own characteristics in São Paulo, with the development of a specific spelling added to the challenge of writing in the high buildings of the city. In the last year, because of the tense political situation in Brazil, graffiti with political messages have reappeared strongly, particularly in the center of the city. The same practice of expression can be observed in Ljubljana, however, with some striking differences. As the center of the city has undergone a restoration process in recent years, the graffiti are not easily found there. Messages can be seen in the surrounding areas, in specific buildings that have not yet been "embellished" or in building sidings. Many of them refer to the anti-fascist struggle and the consolidation of Slovenian identity, a country that only gained independence in 1991.

In this sense, we can think of this restoration of the center of Ljubljana as part of a global scenario of investments by governments to make cities more ecological, cultural and 'beautiful', thus becoming an attraction for private investments of all kinds and part of the tourism industry. If, on the one hand, this dynamic has immediate positive results in the economy and in the physical aspect of buildings, on the other hand, it can lead to the expulsion of the traditional inhabitants of the center and cause a lack of recognition of the population with that historical and primordial space.

In the project proposed here this context is the starting point to investigate the dubiousness of this process in the city, using the facade of the International Center of Graphic Arts - MGLC - as support. As a historical building of the XVIII century, like many other constructions of this type, the building is marked by the change of uses during its existence, being a residence of nobles, property of the Church, serving for state functions and now housing a museum. Due to its location, it can be seen in the distance in the middle of the vegetation of Tivoli Park. Taking advantage of this configuration, the facade of the building will be used as a screen for the display of phrases collected from residents of Ljubljana. This collection will be done in the most anonymous way possible, through a specific email. The idea is that the facade of historical construction becomes the vehicle of manifestation of the population's thinking about the current dynamics of the city and privileged support of claim and expression of identity. The sentences will be written in the style of the graffiti observed by the city, practice that revealing opinions using the architecture itself as a support.

Inside the MGLC, it will be possible to purchase a souvenir typical of European museums (the decorative dish) with the representation of the building with the graffiti in its facade.

 

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You are invited to view the film "Am I a manager? Yes, I am."

Živa Škodlar Vujić, a long-time curator of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, and Mitja Rotovnik, the first director of Cankarjev dom, who professionally and personally followed the efforts of his friend Zoran Kržišnik, shared their views and memories in a short documentary about the international involvement of the Slovenian art scene. Their account takes us through the extremely dynamic period of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, when Ljubljana became a cosmopolitan cultural centre. These events are illuminated from a cultural and historical perspective by Aleš Gabrič, who talks in the film about, among other things, the development of the managerial mentality in Slovenia and the importance of international cultural events, which distinguish cultural goings-on in Slovenia to this day.

From the MGLC Collection

Jo-ey Tang, The Manual
(Morava Books 14, 2012)
Collection of Art Publications

An FBI manual becomes a book of poetry, together with original microscopic and infrared images. The sculpted text is a meditation of surface and the infinitesimal space above and beneath the surface in the search for evidence.

Jo-ey Tang enacts the circulation and absence of images and objects, as well as the life cycle of ideas. The work takes on various forms of photography, video, sculpture, painting, sound, text and “self-assigned tasks”, spans over many exhibitions and is often seen as both the same and new work, in a constant process of building up and cancelling out. The publication was awarded first prize in the ROOKIE competition (June 2012, www.r-o-o-k-i-e.com), organised by City Gallery Arsenal, Poznań and Morava Publishing House.

The booklet comes in a hardback cover with 64 unpaginated pages and is offset printed in a circulation of 350 copies.

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Milton Glaser, Dylan (1966, offset)
Collection of Art Publications

The story of this poster, which was an insert on Dylan's 1967 album Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, goes as follows. After suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle accident in 1966, the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was bedridden and rumoured to be dead. To generate positive publicity for his forthcoming album Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, CBS Records commissioned Milton Glaser to design a special poster to be included with the album. Glaser depicted the singer in profile, with his abundant curly hair rendered in saturated colours that stand out from the background. The intense, almost psychedelic colours can also be seen as the spirit of the time and the flower power generation from the second half of the 1960s.

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Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

International Museum Day at MGLC

Tuesday, 18 May, 10.00-21.00
free of charge

You are invited to view and join in the following exhibitions and events!

Invader, Prints on Paper
10.00–18.00
The exhibition is on view at Tivoli Mansion

EVENT
17.00–18.00 
Guided tour of the exhibition: Prints on Paper, conducted by Mitja Velikonja, PhD
To take part in the guided tour, bookings must be made at: trgovina@mglc-lj.si

Sonja Vulpes, Limbo
10.00–18.00
The exhibition is on view at Tivoli Mansion

ONLINE
We have prepared a short film about the artist's creative process.

The Stojan Batič Memorial Studio
10.00–18.00
Permanent display at Švicarija

EVENT
Brane Zorman: The Spirit of the Trees | Touch
20.00
In front of Švicarija

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Photo: Urška Boljkovac. MGLC Archive.