Cheers to Women! 25 Years of Film and Video

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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.


Exhibition Rituals I: Corelations

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Exhibition: Rituals I: Corelations
Venue: Fotogalerie Wien, Währinger Strasse 59/WUK, Vienna, AT
Date: 3 September – 5 October 2019
Opening: Monday, 2 September at 7 pm

Artists: Adidal Abou-Chamat (DE), Iris Andraschek (AT), Vesna Bukovec (SI), Denis Butorac (HR), Andrés Duque (VE/ES), Brigitte Konyen (AT), Simon Lehner (AT), Erik Levine (US), Marta Zgierska (PL)

Curated by: Fotogalerie Wien Collective (Herman Capor, Susanne Gamauf, Brigitte Konyen, Michael Michlmayr, Andreas Müller, Petra Noll-Hammerstiel, Johan Nane Simonsen, Katarína Szabová und Patrick Winkler)

Vesna Bukovec, I can create positive change (White Performances / Positive Affirmations)
Vesna Bukovec, still form White Performances / Positive Affirmations (2010) series of 4 videos


About the exhibition

Rituals are an important component in human expression and communication behaviours and tell us much about the values, understanding of roles and social interaction where they often assume a regulatory and supportive function. The complexity of the substantive issues and the great importance of rituals for humanity inspired the curatorial team of the FOTOGALERIE WIEN to put a focal point on this theme with a series of four exhibitions for the years 2019/2020. The term “ritual” was originally only in common use in liturgical and/or ceremonial contexts but is now in general use at every social level. A ritual is a series of actions carried out according to fixed rules, usually in a specified order. This is primarily aimed at engendering identity and meaning and correlates with a desire for orientation, knowledge and community actions. It is distinguishable from everyday habits i.e. from instrumental, regular and, above all, purposeful activities that can, however, have a “ritual character” ascribed to them. First and foremost, therefore, rituals occupy the spiritual and emotional sphere. Additional characteristics are enactment, processuality and, usually, a high degree of symbolism too.
The four exhibitions are concerned with social rituals and their associated networks of relationships: with rituals that articulate demonstrations of power, suppression and exclusion along with religious and other ceremonial rituals. In the course of this, the codes, behaviours and forms of communication related to the various rituals will be examined.

The first exhibition with the title, Correlations, shows works by artists who are concerned with eliciting the complexities of identity, role models and the ritual structures in the societies and cultures of various countries. On the one hand, their point of departure is their own ego as formed by their (in part, gender specific) experiences of education, tradition, religion and conventions, that may be of social relevance. On the other hand they examine the modes of behaviour, structures and norms of communities that are articulated in ritual expressions. Relational structures are examined which are each influenced by various ritual forms of conduct and interaction. These rituals link specific groups to a community that promises support and security on the one hand and, on the other, may trigger constraints, restrictions and other borderline experiences. The artists selected here visualise the phenomena of “ritual” foremost in the form of metaphors, symbolic staging or the re-working of documentary material.

Excerpt from the text by Petra Noll-Hammerstiel

More about the exhibition
Event on Facebook


Opening: Monday, 2 September at 7 p.m.
Introduction: Petra Noll-Hammerstiel

Accompanying Program: Wednesday, 2 October 2019 at 7 p.m.
Reading with projection: Das Flüstern der Dinge –from the photographic diary 2008–2016 by Thomas Krempke, Zurich

Sponsored by: BKA Österreich; MA7-Kultur; Cyberlab
Thanks to: Dejan Sluga, Miha Colnar, Lisl Ponger and the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre SKICA


I am participating with the White Performances / Positive Affirmations (2010) series of 4 videos.

In the video performances I use a critical and an ironic feminist approach to highlight the absurdity of the constant search for happiness and perfection. Repetitive statements that can be heard and read are a parody to the power of suggestive thinking from the popular self-help culture which creates an illusion of possible control over one’s own life and encourages obsessive engagement with oneself, with their own image, health and happiness. Mantras are accompanied by repetitive gestures, which represent small domestic tasks, which society (still) attributes to women and in which they are supposed to find self-fulfillment and personal satisfaction.

Photo: Fotogalerie Wien’s archive and Michael Michlmayr

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

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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 – 9 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

Opening hours:
Tue, Fri: 2 pm – 6 pm
Wen, Thu: 2 pm – 4 pm

Exhibition opening
Photo: Dobran Laznik

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

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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

Exhibition opening
Photo: Gregor Salobir

Exhibition view
Photo: Gregor Salobir, Vesna Bukovec

Additional Event: breakfast with the artist
Photo: Gregor Salobir

Vesna Bukovec: I am not bothered with the end of the world

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Exhibition: Vesna Bukovec: Briga me za konec sveta / I am not bothered with the end of the world
Venue: Simulaker Gallery, Novo mesto, SI
Date: 9 – 31 March 2018
Opening: Friday, 9 March 2018 at 7 pm

Curator: Anja Zver

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

I am not bothered with the end of the world (Briga me za konec sveta) is the title of the exhibition featuring works by Vesna Bukovec. In the selected works to be seen at the Simulaker Gallery, the author presents a critical view of the militant attitude of political systems to migrants, the tragic attitude of the individual to the fellow human in need of help, the populism, i.e. “Fake-news” and hate speech. Some graphic prints and drawings at the exhibition are a clear response to the current developments in the Western world, linked to the refugee crisis and political and social protests over the past two years (In search of freedom (Ecce homo)ExploinationNot im my name etc.) and to recent election of the president of the United States (Democracy Today).

Already with the title I am not bothered with the end of the world, the exhibition addresses us individuals who create a modern society, and through the selection of past and new works of art Vesna Bukovec raises questions about the visions of contemporary society: questions about (non)humanity, harmony, empathy, acceptance of the other, diligence, questions about one’s own political role, hatred, poverty, despair, disparities.

Excerpt from the text by curator Anja Zver

Solo survey exhibition with works about refugees.
Exhibited works:

Two new works are presented: Briga me … / I am not bothered …, 19 drawings on a roll of paper and Sweet Oblivion, handmade chocolate bonbons with messages.

Curatorial text (pdf, in Slovene only)
More about exhibition (in Slovene only)

Thanks: Simona Žvanut, Flopitisk.si, Zavod Projekt Atol




Media coverage:
Vesna Bukovec: Svijet nam se raspada pred nosom, intervju, Đorđe Krajišnik, Oslobođenje, 12. 6. 2018
Slovenci v Vesninih očeh nismo tako dobri, I. Vidmar, Dolenjski list, 11. 3. 2018

Photos from the opening

Exhibition view
Photo: Kaja Gorjup

Slovensko | English

Vesna Bukovec is a contemporary visual artist based in Slovenia.

She is a member of the art group KOLEKTIVA