Based on True Stories

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on Based on True Stories

Exhibition: Based on True Stories. Račka Festival 2022: Spaces and Articulations of Sexuality. Over Overview exhibition and Series of Performances
Venue: Gallery of Contemporary Art, Celje, SI
Date: 14 January – 17 April 2022

Participating artists: Asiana Jurca Avci, Jaka Babnik, Boris Beja, Goran Bertok, Saša Bezjak, Sara Bezovšek, Rajko Bizjak, Vesna Bukovec, Andrej Brumen Čop, Lea Culetto, Vuk Ćosić, Ana Čigon, Andreja Džakušič, Eclipse (Tina Kolenik in Samira Kentrić), Mina Fina, Olja Grubić, Dejan Habicht, Betina Habjanič, Leonora Jakovljević, Žiga Kariž, Iztok Klančar, Andrea Knezović, Tatiana Kocmur, Tanja Lažetić, LEALUDVIK, Aprilija Lužar, Slađana Mitrović, Keiko Miyazaki, Peter Mlakar, Iza Pavlina, Tadej Pogačar, Arjan Pregl, Franc Purg, Sara Rman, Miha Satler, Zvonka T. Simčič, Nataša Skušek, Tomo Stanič, Ana Straže, Iva Tratnik, Manja Vadla, Tadej Vaukman, Noemi Veberič Levovnik, Valerie Wolf Gang

Performances: 15 and 16 April 2022
Saša Bezjak, Olja Grubić, IvAnKe, Iztok Klančar, Tatiana Kocmur

Curators: Irena Čerčnik, Maja Hodošček

Račka Festival, a project spanning over several years that deals with the relationship between sexuality and art, ends with a comprehensive exhibition of selected artworks created in Slovenia from the 1990s to the present day, as well as a series of performances prepared especially for this edition of the festival. The exhibition Based on True Stories. Račka Festival 2022: Spaces and Articulations of Sexuality presents various contents and spaces of the sexual that have emerged in contemporary Slovenian art production, as well as different approaches to them in art. It is divided into three content areas  body, liberation, intimacy  and will be shown at the Gallery of Contemporary Art, Likovni salon and Račka Gallery, including mediums from painting, objects, drawings, photography, video, installation to performance.

Excerpt from curatorial text

More about the exhibition


I am participating with the video Endless Game (2006).

Endless Game

Beyond Borders

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on Beyond Borders

Exhibition: Beyond Borders
Venue: Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti KGLU, Slovenj Gradec, SI
Date: 10 December 2021 – 20 March 2022

Participating artists: Tara Najd Ahmadi, Francis Alÿs, Nika Autor, Boris Beja, Lonie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Center for Political Beauty, Vesna Bukovec, Lana Čmajčanin, Ana Teresa Fernández, Jošt Franko, Majd Abdel Hamid, Ibro Hasanović, Maja Hodošček, IRWIN, Dejan Kaludjerović, Alojz Krivograd – Futy, Andreja Kulunčić, Richard Alexander Lou, Jure Markota, Alban Muja, Valentin Oman, Mark Požlep, Lara Reichmann, Sandra Schubert, Jože Suhadolnik in Mateja Kotnik, ŠKART, Helene Thümmel & Ewelina Świnecka, Karl Vouk, Hannes Zebedin

Curators: Maja Antončič, Andreja Hribernik

About the exhibition

The international group exhibition Beyond Borders, a collaboration between the Centre for Contemporary Arts Celje and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška, will be presented in two venues, striving for different conceptual focuses through a common idea, expanding and transforming them through the artworks and the artists presented in the two galleries. By attempting to contextualise the themes and artworks in a flexible way, we also try to go beyond the boundaries of the purely physical transfer of the exhibition.

The history of mankind can be read as a history of defining and shifting territorial boundaries. Over the centuries, both the way borders are drawn, and their role has been changing. Since the end of the feudal social order, borders have been increasingly associated with national belonging and national identity, but today they are primarily a means of controlling flows of people and thus represent a complex socio-political phenomenon that has a decisive impact on people’s lives. In defining an individual’s or a nation’s identity, the border appears as an element included either in representations of historical struggles for citizenship and heterogeneous cultural struggles or in utopias and ideas for transforming the world’s common democratic imperative.

The exhibition Beyond Borders presents fragments of reflection on the influences of borders that define people’s living space, push them to the margins of society, make it difficult for them to live in dignity and change their identity. We want to encourage reflection on certain border areas that have raised permanent problems over the last thirty years or where border-related situations have worsened. In their works, the artists outline the real stories and testimonies of groups and individuals in civil society, whose lives have been affected by political borders. Through the artistic interventions presented, they interpret the causes and consequences of the divides in different geopolitical landscapes. They highlight situations related to border crossings and travel, the issue of minority rights, language, citizenship and work, and the separation of families. They talk about the current state of migration flows in Europe. In some projects, they move from utopian potentials to solutions with an activist undertone.

More about the exhibition

The international group exhibition Beyond Borders, a collaboration between the Centre for Contemporary Arts Celje and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška, will be presented in two venues, striving for different conceptual focuses through a common idea, expanding and transforming them through the artworks and the artists presented in the two galleries. By attempting to contextualise the themes and artworks in a flexible way, we also go beyond the boundaries of the purely physical transfer of the exhibition.


At the exhibition in Celje I’ve participated with graphic prints In Search of Freedom (Ecce Homo), 2016

At the exhibition in Slovenj Gradec I participate with a new project World Without Borders (2021) with postcards and series of 9 drawings.


Monday, August 23rd, 2021 | News | Comments Off on VideoGarden.7

Screening: VideoGarden.7 | Downhill. New acquisitions of DIVA Station
Venue: Inner courtyard of Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana
Date: 24 August 2021, 9pm

New acquisitions of DIVA Station

Curator: Vesna Bukovec (SCCA-Ljubljana)
Duration: 45′

Urška Aplinc’s student video (Slide, 2014) shows tireless absurd movement with the help of a prop that is not made to fit the body, and therefore forces it into a specific posture and movement. Nataša Berk fulfills her long-standing wish and forms a music group with her own alter egos, with which she performs on stage in the video PolyPlay (2007). In her first documentary Some Information (1968), Ana Nuša Dragan records a move from a student dormitory, capturing a farewell from a playful youth and a transition to adulthood. With the responsibilities of the adult world, marked primarily by paying bills, encounters Lada Cerar in the video Blow My Bills Away. Calculator (2012). In a 1997 television portrait, Maja Škerbot presents the ‘unconventional lady’ Milena Kosec, a ‘dabbler and dilettante’ who works without rules. At that time, scarecrows had their own country in her vegetable garden, as they recognized the ideal location in the newly formed country in the form of a bird in southeastern Europe. The state is supposed to provide security for its inhabitants. What does ensuring security look like in times of pandemic, exploitation, violence, climate change and fake news, I ask myself in the video What is danger? (2020/21). In the performance Alopecia areata (2018), Tatiana Kocmur reconstructs the state of mind in a period of personal distress, the consequences of doubts, fears and frustrations. Female voice programming interfaces – digital shamans from the two-channel video Vala (2017) by Agnes Momirski might help dealing with personal hardships. Jatun Risba’s performance Be-coming Tree. Autumn (2020/2021) brings insight into the coexistence of life and death in nature, merging with the forest, and establishing a dialogue between the World Wide Web and the World Mycelium Network.

  • Slide, Urška Aplinc, 2014, 1′ 52”
  • PolyPlay, Nataša Berk, 2007, 4′ 18”
  • Some Information, Ana Nuša Dragan, 1968, 1′ 54”
  • Blow My Bills Away. Calculator, Lada Cerar, 2012, 2′ 51”
  • Interview with Milena Kosec, Maja Škerbot, 1997, 5′ 10”
  • What is danger?, Vesna Bukovec, 2020/2021, 2′
  • Alopecia areata, Tatiana Kocmur, 2018, 5′ 40”
  • Vala (2 channel video), Agnes Momirski, 2017, 10′ 16”
  • Be-coming Tree. Autumn, Jatun Risba, 2020/2021, 10′ 27”


VideoGarden (VideoDvorišče) is a programme of screenings and talks on art, video, and film. In the spring-summer period we step out of the dark cinema and the cold gallery space into the open air. In 2020 Škuc Gallery is hosting us in its inner courtyard. Prepared by SCCA-Ljubljana with the cooperation of Škuc Gallery and Kraken Society and presents works from the DIVA Station, Video, Film and New Media Art Archive and short films from previous editions of FeKK – a short film festival in Ljubljana.


In the selection I have included my own video What is danger?, 2020/21

House on the Hill 2021

Saturday, August 21st, 2021 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on House on the Hill 2021

Exhibition: In the Lap of Cultural and Natural Heritage | House on the Hill 2021
Venue: Žlebe 40, Medvode (Sv. Marjeta), SI
Date: 20 August – 19 September 2021

Participants: † Franc Cegnar (SLO), Zvonka T Simčič (SLO), Mojca Senegačnik (SLO), Aleksandra Saška Gruden (SLO), Keiko Miyazaki (JAP/SLO), Andreja Džakušič (SLO), Miran Pešič (SLO), Oliver Pilić (SLO), Maria Mastola (FIN), Marloes van Son(NIZ), Dana Neilson (CAN), Mikka Korento (FIN), Jyrkki Nissinen (FIN), Jussi Pyky (FIN), Pekko Rinkinen (FIN), Juha Hilpas(FIN), Farbod Fakharzadeh (IR), Tuomo Savolainen (FIN), Ernst Truly (USA), Andrea Coyotzi Borja (MEX), Mladen Bilić (HR/SLO), Ervin Potočnik (SLO), Mihaela Ciuha (SLO), Vesna Bukovec (SLO), Metka Zupanič (SLO), Lada Cerar (SLO), Monika Plamen (SLO), Lado Vidmar (SLO), Damjana Brumec (SLO), Peter Gaber (SLO), Andreja Eržen (SLO), Mira Narobe (SLO), Irina Goruppi (ITA), Jože Bartolj (SLO), Svetlana Jakimovski (SLO) , Mojca Zlokarnik (SLO), Alenka Spacal (SLO), Neža Hana Cijuha Šnajder (SLO), Milena Omerzu (SLO), Emina Djukić (SLO), Gregor Rozman (SLO), Sabina Spanjol (SLO), Svit Cegnar (SLO), Aleš Bök (SLO), Mojca Sfiligoj (SLO);
Students of Faculty of Education, University of Maribor, Department of Fine arts, mentor Petra Varl: Karen Erdelji, Inja Ferlež, Tjaša Gamser, Tija Harc, Katarina Justinek, Petra Knez, Valerija Kogovšek, Nika Kostevek, Maša Krajnc, Barbara Marn, Rea Preksavec, Laura Pukel, Hana Rajnar, Doris Simonič Milović, Maja Tratnik, Špela Vučko, Brigita Špital;
Students of Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, Department of Fine arts, mentor Zora Stančič:
Vita Čepič, Ana Kolšek, Izabela Klementina Tominšek, Tanja Železnik, Kristina Filipčič, Maja Bobnar, Neža Jakofčič, Anamarija Založnik, Vanesa Hockhkraut, Tjaša Morela;
Students of elementary school OŠ Preska,  mentor Nika Berčič Terčon: Lara Jemc, Emanuela Valant, Tija Krek, Lara Krelj, Ajla Večerović, Žan Luka Bukovec, Klementina Zavšek.
Many local children also participated.

About the project

With the project In the Lap of Cultural and Natural Heritage the CCC Institute together with its partners (Sotočje Medvode public institute, BB BIO.Si and Pr’ Lenart Homestead) won the LAS za mesto in vas tender co-funded by the Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
The House on the Hill presents a small part of the In the Lap of Cultural and Natural Heritage project. The House on the Hill has been carried out for the sixth year now. Our goal is dissemination in time and space of modern art which not only makes part of cultural heritage, but also of natural beauties in the surroundings of Ljubljana.

The exhibition is designed so that the works of artists are intertwined. The main exhibit is MI:ZA. The work was contributed by more than 70 individuals from ten different countries. The work MI:ZA connects artists with the people of our village, our municipality, the Ljubljana region and also Slovenia, Europe, our Earth, so that we can reach the One that is the same above all of us.

The word MIZA (TABLE) consists of two parts: from the syllable MI (WE), which means us – a crowd of people, and the syllable ZA (FOR), which means that we are together for something; but also that we are for something; that we are for the thing. Thus, the term MIZA is a symbol that denotes an object/facility, behind which various groups and larger or smaller communities gather. In our case, we artists set out to create together with the awareness that the path can also be risky, because we are aware that we live in a time when any partnerships diverge very quickly, as time is not conducive to deepening, but imposes wild effects and speed. which decomposes rather than connects. WE, on the other hand, are FOR the realization of compassionate coexistence of sensitive individuals. The table consists of individual planks, which are also woodcuts. Woodcuts and table contents will guide the exhibitions of all exhibition spaces. The table with a table base was made by Miran Pešič.

In addition to the main space where the table will be exhibited, the exhibition will also be in the basement of the house, the barn and the basement of the barn. The exhibition in these spaces was designed by: Andreja Džakušič, Aleksandra Saška Gruden, Keiko Miyazaki, Mojca Senegačnik and Zvonka T Simčič.


Again I am participating in the House on the Hill exhibition (House on the Hill 2020). This year I am collaborating with the woodcut matrix and graphics Videti in se odzvati (See and Respond), 2020

PIVKA 45°40′49.63″N 14°11′46.98″E

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on PIVKA 45°40′49.63″N 14°11′46.98″E

Exhibition: PIVKA 45°40′49.63″N 14°11′46.98″E
Venue: Hiša kulture v Pivki, Pivka, SI
Date: 13 July – 13 August 2021

Curator: Mojca Grmek

Participating artists: Nevena Aleksovski, Urška Alič, Ivana Bajec, Boris Beja, Maks Bricelj, Vesna Bukovec, Nina Čelhar, Deso, Mina Fina, Evgen Čopi Gorišek, Neža Jurman, Neža Knez, Simon Kocjančič, Maria Karnar-Lemesheva, Polonca Lovšin, Petra Matijevič, Erik Mavrič, Tanja Milharčič, Mia Paller, Miha Perne, Oliver Pilič, Zoran Pungerčar, Rone84, Nika Rupnik, Marko Šajn, Helena Tahir, Jaka Vatovec, Sonja Vulpes, Leon Zuodar

The exhibition presents works created as part of the multi-year project entitled PIVKA 45°40’49.63 “N 14°11’46.98 “E. The project took place during 2015–2021 in the form of an annual workshop in which invited artists created graphic works on a specific theme using a chosen technique. In the framework of each implementation, the theme was presented in cooperation with various local partners (Ecomuseum of the Seasonal Lakes of Pivka, Park of Military History, Javor Pivka, Pivka Perutninarstvo, Kovod Postojna, Slovenian Forest Service) and tied to an appropriate printmaking technique, according to the possibilities of our print studio (screenprint, woodcut, linocut). The resulting works were presented in an exhibition in the gallery of Hiša kulture and on the premises of the local partner.

The central concern of the overall project was to critically reflect on global social problems in a local setting and to find new ideas and solutions in artistic ways. We wanted to encourage a creative approach to problem solving, particularly through the dialogue that took place between the artists themselves, the artists and the local partners, and the arts and other areas of human activity.

In the seven years that the project was run, 29 artists participated, creating a total of 62 graphic works and 7 art publications.


At the exhibition I participate with the work War is Bussiness, which was made during the woodcut workshop Vojna in mi(r) (War and Us/War and Peace) in 2016.

Vesna Bukovec, Vojna je posel, detajl, lesorez, 2016

Slovensko | English

Vesna Bukovec is a contemporary visual artist based in Slovenia.

She is a member of the art group KOLEKTIVA