Festival V-F-X Ljubljana

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 | News | Comments Off on Festival V-F-X Ljubljana

SCCA-Ljubljana, DIVA Station and The Slovenian Cinematheque are organising a new international festival of experimental audiovisual practices V-F-X (video-film-experiment) Ljubljana.
Festival Programme Team: Peter Cerovšek, Vesna Bukovec, Varja Močnik, Igor Prassel


Wednesday, 7 July
19.00 — Luka Prinčič:*, Slovenia
21.00 — sixpackfilm Presents: Body Games, Austria

Thursday, 8 July
16.00 — Round Table: Space and Time to Experiment* (In English)
19.00 — Curated Programme Stenar Projects: A Support Structure Through Its Catalogue, Portugal
21.00 — Selection from the DIVA Station Archive: An Escape into Experiment, Slovenia

Friday, 9 July
19.00 — deskt0p_cinema* (Greg de Cuir Jr.), USA
21.00 — Retrospective: Ema Kugler, Slovenia


I have designed visual identity of the festival and co-curated programme Selection from the DIVA Station Archive: An Escape into Experiment (with Peter Cerovšek).

Selected artworks from the permanent collection: On the Edge

Sunday, June 27th, 2021 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on Selected artworks from the permanent collection: On the Edge

Exhibition: Selected artworks from the permanent collection: On the Edge
Venue: Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti (KGLU), Slovenj Gradec, SI
Date: 8 June – 29 August 2021

Curators: Katarina Hergold Germ and Andreja Hribernik

Artists: Vesna Bukovec, Lada Cerar in Sašo Sedlaček, Alija Hafizović – Haf, Zuzanna Janin, Valentin Oman, Uroš Potočnik, Marija Mojca Pungerčar, Jože Suhadolnik, Đorđe Balmazović (ŠKART)​, Joco Žnidaršič


About the exhibition
The foundation for the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška’s collection was formed by works donated by artists who participated in international exhibitions with a distinctly humanistic character under the auspices of the UN mostly between 1967 and 1975. The Museum in Slovenj Gradec was fundamentally conceived as a space that would permanently advocate for the ideas of peace, solidarity and humanism through art. In the context of this past, the collection is still being built today, encompassing many artists who engage with current social topics and highlight the problems of the contemporary world.

In the current selection, we present artists who foreground the topics of war and migration, social inequality, hyperproduction and exploitation of the workforce, and finally, who speak about their consequences, resulting in ever increasing poverty, exclusion and suffering of a large share of the population.

For his series Piran, created at the start of the war in the region of Yugoslavia in the nineties, Valentin Oman stated that an artist cannot remain apathetic at these events and cannot create art only for the sake of art itself. The present exhibition thus also indirectly highlights the artists’ responsibility, as well as the responsibility of us, galleries and museums, as those who can and should discuss topics that are otherwise often overlooked or marginalized.



I participate with the Portfolio In Search of Freedom (Ecce Homo), which is included in the permanent collection of KGLU.

Timeline of The Peace Institute at the exhibition at +MSUM

Friday, June 25th, 2021 | News | Comments Off on Timeline of The Peace Institute at the exhibition at +MSUM

The Peace Instiute is included in the exhibition REALIZE! RESIST! REACT! Performance and Politics in the 1990s in the Post-Yugoslav Context curated by Bojana Piškur at Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (+MSUM).

The exhibition focuses on political performance in the post-Yugoslav context of the 1990s. That decade was an extremely difficult period for the region, marked by war, nationalism, revisionism, corruption, particracy, transition, and a rapidly developing capitalist economy. The period also left a profound mark on all the decades that followed. During that time, civil society established many non-governmental organizations. The Peace Institute was one of them and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

I’ve participated in the development of the concept of the presentation ot The Peace Institute activities in 1990-2000 and designed the layout for the exhibition.

Timeline of The Peace Institute activities in the period of 1990-2000
Concept: Vesna Bukovec, Vlasta Jalušič, Lana Zdravković
Text: Vlasta Jalušič, Iztok Šori, Doroteja Lešnik, Vesna Bukovec
Design: Vesna Bukovec
Video: Toni Poljanec
Participating in the video: Marko Hren, Darko Štrajn, Rudi Rizman, Vesna Leskošek, Milica Antić Gaber, Gorazd Kovačič

Visual identity for WOW Festival

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 | News | Comments Off on Visual identity for WOW Festival

Design of the visual identity and graphic design for the WOW Festival organized by City of Women.

Festival website
Festival brochure (pdf)

Participating at OFF-Biennale Budapest

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 | Exhibitions, News | Comments Off on Participating at OFF-Biennale Budapest

Exhibition: Order and Dreams, OFF-Biennale Budapest: INHALE!
Venue: Online (Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives)
Date: 23 April – 30 May 2021

Artists: Damir Očko, Daniel Baker, Kata Szivós–Dominika Trapp–Noémi Varga, Krisztián Kristóf, Tamás Páll, Vesna Bukovec

Curator: Katalin Székely
Research: researchers of Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

Exhibition Order and Dreams is one of the OFF-Biennale’s 14 programs. It presents the context of the poem “A Breath of Air!” which inspired the whole edition of the biennale.

The poem “A Breath of Air!” by Attila József was written in November 1935. Apparently, it was a time of peace and plenty: Europe—and Hungary—had overcome the crisis of the Great Depression; the order was restored. But what kind of order was it that the poet “didn’t dream of”? The research and exhibition project presents the political and social context of the poem through archival materials, while contemporary artworks offer its possible 21st-century reading.

More about the exhibition
Direct link to the exhibition

About the biennale

The third edition of the largest independent contemporary art event in Hungary, OFF-Biennale Budapest is titled INHALE! OFF-Biennale in 2021 premiers 14 projects that look at ecology, Eastern European nationalisms, and political imagination; with a focus on artistic propositions that do more than just point to these complex, entangled problems.
The 14 projects, specifically created for this occasion, will be accompanied by public programs as part of the Living Room project. Living Room is a preliminary event of documenta fifteen at OFF-Biennale Budapest, which will take place in conjunction with OFF’s invitation to documenta fifteen as a lumbung member.

OFF-Biennale Budapest is the largest independent contemporary art event in Hungary. It started in 2014 as a grassroots initiative, a “garage” biennale set up by a small group of art professionals in order to create a platform for exchange between art practitioners and other members of society, to strengthen the local independent art scene. OFF has never applied for Hungarian public funding and steered clear of state-run art institutions. This is a political statement as much as a practical solution to protect freedom of artistic expression and professional integrity.
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I am participating with the series of drawings In vendar me briga / And yet I do bother (2019) presented for online exhibition in a video form. My work is included in the chapter 5 My Homeland.

Curator Katalin Székely’s text about my work:

The utopian impetus of the avant-garde was broken by the realities of the 1930s. Many avant-garde artists were chased away or crushed by the various regimes of the 20th century. In this moment of crisis, some artists retreated to their ivory towers, focusing on the matters of their own métier. Others decided to join forces with the political powers they still believed in, often at the cost of losing their artistic integrity. And some continued to believe that the world can be changed through their words and works. And what can be said about the impetus of the socially-engaged art of the 21st century? In our moment of crisis, do artists decide to stay out of socio-political issues that—as individuals—they do not have any major influence over? Or do they still believe that art can have a say in these matters? Do they still bother?

During the last decade, the drawings and videos by Vesna Bukovec gained her recognition in and outside of Slovenia as an artist dealing with the burning issues of today’s society: the consequences of neoliberal ideology, the socio-political reality in Slovenia, the refugee crisis, and the role of women in contemporary society. The title of the series of drawings And yet I do bother, now presented in a form of video produced for the OFF-Biennale Budapest, is a response to her previous series of drawings with the ironic title I can’t be bothered … [Briga me …, 2018], in which she exposed the passivity of people who only care about personal matters, completely neglecting the wider socio-political issues. The drawings of And yet I do bother takes widely circulated media images of brave women from the history of the 20th and 21st centuries, who, in the words of curator and art historian Nataša Kovšca, “fought and are still fighting for social change as well as against social, political and sexual inequalities, from the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst to the Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, along with some unknown names. No matter whether known or anonymous women protesters are involved, images that according to the artist became ‘a symbol of the fight against oppression’ create hope that the world can be changed.”



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Vesna Bukovec is a contemporary visual artist based in Slovenia.

She is a member of the art group KOLEKTIVA