Vesna Bukovec: In vendar me briga / And yet I do bother

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 | Exhibitions

Exhibition: Vesna Bukovec: In vendar me briga / And yet I do bother
Venue: GONG Gallery, Nova Gorica, SI
Date: 1 December 2020 – 15 January 2021

Curator: Nataša Kovšca

Due to the current situation regarding the Covid-19 epidemic and the closure of cultural institutions, the exhibition of drawings is presented in adapted video format on a screen inside shop window under the gallery space at Kidričeva ulica 20 and online.

About the exhibition
Vesna Bukovec is one of the artists who critically respond to the burning issues of contemporary society. Her projects, complete in terms of content, deal with the consequences of neoliberal ideology, consumerist oriented society, socio-political reality in Slovenia, the role of women in contemporary society and the refugee crisis.

The exhibition consists of a series of drawings that – in terms of content – summarize a large part of the artists body of work. In the cycle Do you not want me, because I’m critical (2012) the artist exposes the stereotypical role of women in today’s society. In the cycle At whose expense (2015), she raises the questions of consumerism as the central cultural practice of modern times and its adverse impact on living organisms and the environment. The triptych of colour drawings entitled Not in my name (2016) deals in detail with the xenophobic relationship of wider Slovenian public and politics in relation to migrants who massively crossed Slovenian borders. Her latest cycle of drawings And yet I do bother (2019) is some kind of an answer to the passivity and lack of empathy of the wider society for the anguish of others. The central theme of her drawings is represented by images of brave women from the 20th century history and contemporary time who fought and are still fighting for social changes as well as against social, political and sexual inequalities, from the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst to the Swedish activist for climatic changes Greta Thunberg. Images of women protesters that according to the artist became “a symbol of the fight against oppression” create hope that the world can be changed. Hope defines Vesna Bukovec’s newest work Women are Coming (2020) – a homage to the homonymous sculpture of the motorcyclist Duba Sambolec from 1976 – the first Slovenian feminist artwork.

Nataša Kovšca

Catalogue (pdf)
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Works at the exhibition:

Galerija GONG
Kidričeva ulica 20
5000 Nova Gorica (SI)

Photo: GONG Gallery archive

Slovensko | English

Vesna Bukovec is a contemporary visual artist based in Slovenia.

She is a member of the art group KOLEKTIVA