THE 33RD BIENNIAL OF GRAPHIC ARTS: CRACK UP – CRACK DOWN

7. 6.–29. 9. 2019

The 33rd Biennial of Graphic Arts was curated by the Slavs and Tatars art collective. It should not be overlooked that the central role of the curator as the selector of the works presented at the 32nd Biennial edition entitled Birth as Criterion acquired a chain mechanism in which the choice was left entirely to artists. As Slavs and Tatars participated in this biennial, Birth as Criterion in a very special way influenced the design of the 2019 Biennial.

The collective’s extensive editorial output, complex use of visual language and voracious research practice made them a particularly resonant fit with the history of the Biennial and its contemporary role. Slavs and Tatars is an internationally renowned art collective devoted to an area East of the former Berlin Wall and West of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. Since its inception in 2006, the collective has shown a keen grasp of polemical issues in society, clearing new paths for contemporary discourse via a wholly idiosyncratic form of knowledge production, including popular culture, spiritual and esoteric traditions, oral histories, modern myths, as well as scholarly research. The collective’s practice is based on three activities: exhibitions, publications and lecture-performances. Their work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Salt in Istanbul, Vienna Secession, Kunsthalle Zurich and Ujazdowski Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, among others. Slavs and Tatars has published ten books to date, including Wripped Scripped (Hatje Cantz, 2018) on language politics, Friendship of Nations (2nd edition, Book Works, 2017) on the unlikely rapport between Iran and Poland between the 17th and 21st centuries, as well as Molla Nasreddin (currently in its 2nd edition with I.B Tauris, 2017), a translation of the legendary Azerbaijani satirical periodical. Their focus on Eurasia challenges our often times one-dimensional way of seeing relationships between science, religion, power and identity. We saw them in Ljubljana in the Systems and Patterns show in 2012. The exhibition was curated by Nevenka Šivavec, MGLC Director.

For their curatorial début, Slavs and Tatars wanted to re-engage with the origins of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts. “After a thaw in the idea of medium-specificity over the last 20 odd years, we would like to refocus on ‘the graphic’ today, both in a literal but also strategic sense. In an age of mashed up futures and scrambled pasts, the role of the graphic in public discourses and polemics seems particularly relevant today.”

The focal point of the exhibition of the 33rd Biennial of Graphic Arts was the idea of satire as a distinctly visual language, with the ‘graphic’ that marks the history of the Biennial being understood and questioned in the broad field of the expressive, uninhibited, even lurid. Is each joke, as George Orwell maintained, a tiny revolution? Or does laughter and satire deflate the pressures and tension which could otherwise lead to political upheaval? Slavs and Tatars looked to humour as both strategy and content. The visual glut of our times has spawned new aesthetic languages whose messages and discourse we often find distasteful. Though the graphic arts and satire each have their own distinct specifics, they both claim to speak for and to the people.

Find out more about the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts on the Biennial’s new website: bienale.si.

 

Honza Zamojski, The Gathering and The Meeting, 2019. Installation view at the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, 2019.
Photo: Jaka Babnik. Archive: MGLC.

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European Heritage Days

Uncovering the Sculptural Heritage of Tivoli Park

Sunday, 27 September, at 10.30 am,
in front of Moderna galerija

A new leaflet will be presented, providing visitors with a personal experience of uncovering the sculptural image of Tivoli, along with the many details of the park’s art heritage. The visible, but often overlooked or even invisible sculptures (disappeared or relocated), which, in addition to their aesthetic note, also illustrate the social history of this famous park area.

On the guided stroll, the authors of the leaflet – Gojko Zupan (author of the list and descriptions of the individual sculptures), Tadej Vaukman (author of the photographs) and Yasmín Martín Vodopivec (author of the conceptual draft) – will acquaint you with some interesting facts about the sculptural depictions in Tivoli Park that echo the community, art and nature ethos, which is the foundation of the mission of the cultural heritage programme at Švicarija.


Photo: Tadej Vaukman. MGLC Archive.

 

 

NEW WAVE FRENCH COMICS

Lecture and presentation of the Tinta comics festival programme

Tuesday, 29 September, at 7 pm, MGLC Švicarija
Free of charge

France, the so-called Mecca of European comics, has declared 2020 as the year of comics. The Tinta Ljubljana Comics Festival has also joined in the celebration.

A short lecture by Izar Lunaček will acquaint you with the new wave in French comics – a phenomenon that flooded and shook the Gallic comics scene at the turn of the millennium, giving rise to the key authors of the recent decades: Joann Sfar, Kerascoet, Manu Larcenet, David B, and of course Lewis Trondheim, who will be hosted on Skype this year, in a book, and through a display of original works at MSUM.

The pre-festival gathering will present the highlights of this year’s festival – promising exhibitions, talks and workshops, as well as prominent authors, including the French guests Fanny Dalle Rive and Anne Baraou.

The lecture and presentation will take place in the courtyard in front of Švicarija, and in Švicarija’s Great Hall in the case of rain.

The event is organised following the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) and visitors are asked to respect them. To participate, please give us advance notice of your attendance by writing to: stripolislovenija@gmail.com

Welcome!

Workshops accompanying the exhibition Nora Turato, eto ti na

You are invited to join us for the performance workshop and the voiceful workshop in the accompanying programme of the Nora Turato exhibition, eto ti na.

I’m not a kid anymore, give me power
performance workshop

Saturday, 10 October, 10.00–16.00, MGLC Švicarija
Executed by Katarina Stegnar, actress, mover and performer

The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 15 people. Bookings must be made by writing to lili.sturm@mglc-lj.si
Free of charge.

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Photoarchive by Katarina Stegnar.

Moved by Voice
voice workshop

Thursday, 22 October, 17.00–20.00, MGLC Švicarija

Executed by Irena Tomažin, singer, dancer and performer.

The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 15 people. Bookings must be made by writing to lili.sturm@mglc-lj.si
The participation fee for the workshop is a paid ticket for the exhibition.

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Festival Out of the Toolbox, Gent.