Cheers to Women! 25 Years of Film and Video

Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | Exhibitions, News

Exhibition: Cheers to Women! 25 Years of Film and Video (25th International Festival of Contemporary Arts – City of Women)
Venue: Alkatraz Gallery, AKC Metelkova, Ljubljana, SI
Date: 24 September – 7 October 2019
Opening: Tuesday, 24 September 2019 at 7pm

Artists: Zemira Alajbegović & Neven Korda,* Nika Autor,* Vesna Bukovec,* Jasmina Cibic,* Ana Čigon,* Andreja Džakušič, Ana Grobler, Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid, Đejmi Hadrović, Maja Hodošček, Sanela Jahić, Neža Knez, Polonca Lovšin,* Aprilija Lužar, Nika Oblak & Primož Novak, Ana Pečar & Oliver Ressler, Nataša Prosenc Stearns, Marija Mojca Pungerčar, Pila Rusjan, Duba Sambolec, Zvonka T Simčič, Nataša Skušek, Metka Zupanič, Valerie Wolf Gang

Curators: Vesna Bukovec and Ana Čigon

*The works of these authors are going to be screened at the Cheers to Women! 25 Years of Film and Video marathon in Slovenian Cinematheque on 3 October.

Photo/animaation: Vesna Bukovec (image taken from the video Shadowless B (2000) by Duba Sambolec)


International festival of Contemporary Arts – City of Women is celebrating 25th anniversary.  SCCA-Ljubljana together with video and new media archive DIVA Station joins the festival as a partner organisation. Artists Ana Čigon and Vesna Bukovec, as well a DIVA Station co-worker, curated a group exhibition Cheers to Women! 25 years of Film and Video with emphasis on female video artists active in the last 25 years. In their search for the authors, the curators analysed the video archive DIVA Station and looked through the former editions of the City of Women festival.

The exhibition will be opened on Tuesday, 24th September at 7 pm by a new performance by Ana Čigon Cheers to Women! A Performative Appetizer to Video Art, dedicated to video art created between 1995 and 2015 by Slovenian female videasts. Through the eclectic merging of written, spoken and performative quotes, the artist is forming a performative tale, encouraging viewers to an in-depth viewing of the exhibited works. In that sense, the performance is formed as an experimental historical overview, otherwise different from the classical critical texts, but nevertheless awakening the video archives, contemporizing it and thereby encouraging a re-thinking of the meaning and position of artwork by Slovenian female video artists within the canon of art history.

The public programme includes guided tours of the exhibition and a lecture by artist and curator Ana Grobler, MA who has been researching feminist art in Slovenia for more than a decade. At her lecture, she is going to present the key art works with feminist content that have been created in the area since the mid-1970s. She is going to focus on art works that use the medium of video and are connected to the Cheers to Women! exhibition in Alkatraz Gallery. Her lecture is also going to touch upon the social context in which this engaged art form is being developed in – and continues to be inseparably connected to.



Alkatraz Gallery opening hours during the City of Women festival:
Mon-Thu: 11am – 7pm
Fri: 3pm – 11pm
Sat 5 Oct & Sun 6 Oct: 3pm – 11pm

Public Program

Thursday, 26 September 2019
6 pm: Ana Grobler: Cheers to Women!
Lecture on feminist videoart in Slovenian
Project Room SCCA, Metelkova 6
7 pm: Guided tour in Slovenian
Alkatraz Gallery

Saturday, 5 October 2019
7 pm: Reprise of Ana Čigon’s performance Cheers to Women! A Performative Appetizer to Video Art in English
7.30 pm: Guided tour in English
Alkatraz Gallery

I am participating with the video Circular / Okrožnica, 2016 which will be screened in the frame of Cheers to Women! 25 Years of Film and Video marathon in Slovenian Cinematheque on 3rd October.


Slovensko | English

Vesna Bukovec is a contemporary visual artist based in Slovenia.

She is a member of the art group KOLEKTIVA