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Vesna Bukovec: Briga me za konec sveta / I can’t be bothered with the end of the world

Friday, May 17th, 2019 | Exhibitions, News | Comments Off on Vesna Bukovec: Briga me za konec sveta / I can’t be bothered with the end of the world

Exhibition: Vesna Bukovec: Briga me za konec sveta / I can’t be bothered with the end of the world
Venue: Galerija Ravne, Gledališka pot 1, Ravne na Koroškem, SI
Date: 5 June – 16 August 2019
Opening: Wednesday, 5 June 2019 at 7 pm

Curator: Jernej Kožar


Vesna Bukovec, Welcome to the EU, from the series Briga me … / I am not bothered …, drawings on a paper roll, 2018

About the exhibition

At her exhibition “Briga me za konec sveta / I can’t be bothered with the end of the world”, Vesna Bukovec will present several works from recent years about the issue of the refugee tragedy from the period when masses of refugees crossed Slovenia along the so called Balkan route during 2015/16 and the militant response by the state, which turned the humanitarian crisis into a security one. In her drawings, she deals critically with the rise of xenophobia and hatred within society. In newer works, she deals with people’s apathy and preoccupation with their own lives in consumer society. Vesna Bukovec is explicitly political in her work and does not hide her involvement and dismay.
The drawings are based on journalistic photographs, which are found by the artist after careful research in newspapers and on the internet. Frequently, these are photos that media editors have selected as the representative images for certain events and have therefore flooded the media and entered our consciousness. Vesna Bukovec modifies the photographs twice. First, an ink drawing is created based on the source material and then, the motif is often altered, for example by replacing texts on banners carried by demonstrators.
The drawings are always accompanied by titles, with which the artist gives the images an additional component and emphasises their representational capability, as well as determines the framework of representation. Often, the titles are ironic, thus establishing a certain distance from the events and highlighting inherent powerlessness. Prints from the series “In Search of Freedom (Ecce Homo)”, on the other hand, were created from illustrations for the stories of refugees by Widad Tamimi, which further illustrate the helplessness and the road to ruin of thousands of innocent, displaced and desperate people.

The exhibition by Vesna Bukovec with the same title has already been hosted by the galleries Simulaker (curator Anja Zver) and artKIT (curator Živa Kleindienst).

Exhibition announcement

Galerija Ravne
Gledališka pot 1, Ravne na Koroškem
www.glu-sg.si
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Opening hours:
Tue, Fri: 2 pm – 6 pm
Wen, Thu: 2 pm – 4 pm

Exhibition opening
Photo: Dobran Laznik

Endemic versus Global in Italy and Mexico City

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 | News | Comments Off on Endemic versus Global in Italy and Mexico City

Exhibition: Endemic versus Global – Visogliano / Mexico City – Anteprima
Venues: CASA C.A.V.E. Contemporary Art VisoglianoVižovlje / L’Energia dei Luoghi
Spazio Studio Mima, Duino Aurisina (Trieste), Visogliano/Vižovlje, IT
& Centro de Ciencias de la Complejidad C3 – UNAM Mexico City, MX
Date: 28 February – 15 March 2019 (Italy), 15 March – (Mexico City)

Curators: Manolo Cocho, Vasja Nagy, Josip Zanki, Maja Flajsig
Artists: Andrew Mezvinsky, Annabel Lange, Barry Wolfryd, Daniela Frausin, Davide Skerlj, Denis Butorac, Edvard Frank, Émilie Delugeau, en nico, Eva Petrič, Eva Silberknoll, Evelin Stermitz, Fabiola Faidiga, Falk Messerschmidt, Franco Vecchiet, Franz Roth, Franz Wassermann, Gani Llalloshi, Giancarlo Venuto, Giordano Rizzardi, Gritón, Guillermo Giampietro, Igor Štromajer, Ivana Tkalcic, Jernej Humar, Jose Miguel Gonzales Casanova, Josip Zanki, Julia Carrillo, Karin Maria Pfeifer, Kati Bruder, Katinka Theis, Lola Pfeifer, Leonardo Martínez, Lucia Flego, Luciana Esqueda, Luis Moro, Luise Kloos, Manolo Cocho, Marta Stražičić, Max Roth, Metka Zupanič, Nestor Quiñones, Nikolaus-Gansterer, Pawel Anaszkiewicz, Petra Kapš, Pierre Zufferey, Rimantas Plunge, Roy Lagrone, Sissa Micheli, Tomislav Buntak, Ursula Berlot & Suncana Kulijis, Vanja Mervič, Vesna Bukovec, Žiga Pilih.

 

International group exhibition Endemic versus Global will open on 15th March at Centro de Ciencias de la Complejidad C3 – UNAM Mexico City.
The exhibition Endemic versus Global is with smaller prints also included in the exhibition project L’ENERGIA DEI LUOGHI (THE ENERGY OF PLACES)  in Italy.

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Catalogue (pdf)
Presentations of artists and works

I particapate with the drawings Rock concert and Zombies at Protestival from the There is no society without spectacle series.

Vesna Bukovec, NThere is no society without spectacle, Rock Concert

Vesna Bukovec, There is no society without spectacle, Zombies at Protestival

Vesna Bukovec: Briga me za konec sveta / I can’t be bothered with the end of the world

Friday, February 1st, 2019 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on Vesna Bukovec: Briga me za konec sveta / I can’t be bothered with the end of the world

Exhibition: Vesna Bukovec: Briga me za konec sveta / I can’t be bothered with the end of the world
Venue: artKIT, Glavni trg 14, Maribor, SI
Date: 7 February – 9 March 2019
Opening: Thursday, 7 February 2019 at 7 pm
Additional Event: breakfast with the artist, Friday, 8 February 2019, at 10 pm

Curator: Živa Kleindienst


Vesna Bukovec, Briga me … / I am not bothered …, drawings on a paper roll, detail 2018

 

About the exhibition

Vesna Bukovec’s exhibition represents her critical response to the current socio-political situation which is marked by the hegemony of political populism and xenophobia, the emergence of new forms of fascism, the resurgence of nationalism and the rise of hate speech. Through her drawings, graphic and video works, the author reveals the intense escalation of power in the hands of repressive authorities as part of the process of militarization of the state apparatus, under the guise of assuring safety (exclusively, of course) in times of refugee crisis. On the other hand, she warns about the fact that empathy for the suffering and exploitation of others, both collectively and individually, is a short-lived phenomenon.

The exhibition title, I can’t be bothered with the end of the world, rounds up the selection of exhibited works with a hint of irony, and directly addresses the individual as an active co-creator of the social and political realities, who, however, falls into political apathy all too often. Namely, it is precisely these political and economic levers – which drive the structural processes of differentiation, discrimination and exploitation – that neutralize the individual at the same time. Consequently, as a society we are becoming increasingly indifferent to social inequalities, a general decerease of solidarity, and the degradation of humanist and democratic values.

excerpt from the text by Živa Kleindienst

Full text (pdf)

Production: X-OP.
The exhibition was originally presented in March 2018 at the Simulaker Gallery in Novo mesto, Slovenia (exhibition curator: Anja Zver).

Exhibited works:

Opening hours:
Tue–Fri: 10 am – 1 pm and 5 pm – 7 pm
Sat: 10 am – 1 pm
www.kibla.org

Exhibition opening
Photo: Gregor Salobir

Exhibition view
Photo: Gregor Salobir, Vesna Bukovec

Additional Event: breakfast with the artist
Photo: Gregor Salobir

Visual identity of the 24th City of Women – International Festival of Contemporary Arts

Monday, September 24th, 2018 | News | Comments Off on Visual identity of the 24th City of Women – International Festival of Contemporary Arts

Third year of the cooperation with the City of Women team (2016, 2017).
Design of the visual identity of the 24rd edition of the festival, graphic design of the festival booklet and promotional material.

www.cityofwomen.org
booklet (pdf)

Festival Sanje in Medana

Friday, July 13th, 2018 | News | Comments Off on Festival Sanje in Medana

 

Festival Sanje (Dreams) in Medana, nights of poetry and vine is being organized in Goriška Brda region every year by Sanje Publishing house. I have been participating with the festival in various ways for the last four years. I take care of the festival website and video documentation.
In 2016 festival presented my exhibition The Search for Humanity (project with Widad Tamimi).
This year I’ve participated with screenings in the Pesniška potovanja (Poetry Travels) section. The drawings Briga me … / I am not bothered … were presented in a video form together with an excerpt from the video Important News.

 

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Vesna Bukovec is a contemporary visual artist based in Slovenia.

She is a member of the art group KOLEKTIVA

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