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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SUMMER IN TIVOLI PROGRAMME

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. Archive: MGLC.

Tuesday Concerts
Every Tuesday, 7.–28. 7., 20.00, in front of Grad Tivoli

Thursday Concerts
Every Thursday, 2.–23. 7., 21.00, in front of Švicarija

Films in the Woods
Every Sunday, 26. 7.–16. 8., 21.00, in front of Švicarija

Touring the Exhibition Together
Every Tuesday, 7. 7.–11. 8., 18.00, Grad Tivoli & Švicarija

Spoon Prints
Every Thursday, 2. 7.–27. 8., 18.00, in front of MGLC

Summer in the Grass
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 2. 7.–27. 8., 15.00–20.00, in front of Švicarija

The Body in Movement
Every Wednesday, 1. 7.–26. 8., 19.00–20.00, starting point in front of MGLC

Drop-in Friday Workshops
Every Friday, 3. 7.–28. 8., 10.00–12.00, in front of Grad Tivoli and Švicarija

Puppet Night
Wednesday, 8. 7., 19.00–21.00, in front of Švicarija

PovezujeM/Tivoli Creative Circle
Monday–Friday, 24.–28. 8., 8.00–16.00, Grad Tivoli and Švicarija

Experimental Printmaking at the End of the Promenade
Monday–Friday, 17. –21. 8., 9.00–13.00, Grad Tivoli

SUMMER IN TIVOLI PRIZE-WINNING GAME

Join us and colour your summer 2020. Make it unforgettable! We invite you to post photos from the events and exhibitions Summer in Tivoli on Facebook and Instagram by adding @MGLC Ljubljana and the #poletjevtivoliju hashtag. The photos must be made public so that we can find them. Some of the participating photos will be chosen and awarded. The winners will be announced on 31 August 2020.

Photo: Urška Boljkovac. Archive: MGLC.

BLACK MARKET

19. 5.–16. 8. 2020

Black Market by Andrej Škufca is a sculptural installation based on modular iterations. Its body represents a futuristic animal composed of our contemporary biotechnical debris – of oil pipelines, ocean fibre optic cables, eels, exoskeletons and the earliest forms of tubular multicellular micro-organisms. 
Curator: Àngels Miralda


Andrej Škufca: Zero Hedge (2019),

Visitors, please be aware!

As of 25 June, wearing a mask in public enclosed spaces has again become obligatory.

We look forward to your visit and will adhere to all security measures to protect visitors and the MGLC team. We will ask you to follow the instructions for preventing the spread of infection in accordance with the instructions of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) during visiting time, wear a protective mask during your visit, disinfect your hands when entering and keep the prescribed distance between yourself and others. 

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