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.

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.”



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

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on Vesna Bukovec: In vendar me briga / And yet I do bother

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

House on the Hill 2020

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on House on the Hill 2020

Exhibition: House on the Hill 2020 – In the Lap of Cultural and Natural Heritage
Venue: Žlebe 40, Medvode (Sv. Marjeta)
Date: 28 August – 20 September 2020
Opening: Friday, 28 August 2020, 8 pm

Participants: Zvonka T Simčič, Franc Cegnar, Mojca Sfiligoj, Aljaž Celarc, Andrea Coyotzi Borja, Eva Pavlič – Seifert, Lada Cerar, Mojca Senegačnik, Metka Zupanič, Nevenka S Pečlin, Vesna Bukovec


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’s goal is to allow for both, the intertwining of the works of artists complementing each other, and independent exhibition of their works. The exhibition will develop over two years. In 2020, the exhibition will present works of individual artists and the model of the table that will be built over the next year as the communal artistic work, which will link artists with people from our village, our municipality, the Ljubljana region as well as from Slovenia, Europe, and our planet Earth to reach That beyond, which is Common to all of us.

The word MIZA consists of two parts: of the syllable MI, which means US – group of people, and the syllable ZA, meaning that we stand together FOR a common cause; that we are FOR something; that we stand for a cause. So, MIZA (TABLE) is a symbol denoting an object at which most different groups, big and small communities get together. In our case artists decided to engage in common creative work, while being aware that it is a risky path to take, because we live in times, when partnerships tend to break up quickly, and times that are not favourable of the deepening of links, but force upon us speed and instant effects gone wild, bringing disintegration rather than enabling connections. While WE are FOR (MI smo ZA) the realisation of the emphatic co-existence of sensitive individuals.




I am participating with series of drawings Na čigav račun / At whose expense


KOLEKTIVA (Metka Zupanič, Lada Cerar, Vesna Bukovec) participated with the installation of metal pipes Lost in Communication

FemLink-Art: Aggression and Wonder

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on FemLink-Art: Aggression and Wonder

Exhibition: FemLink-Art: Aggression and Wonder
Venue: Alkatraz Gallery, ACC Metelkova city, Ljubljana
Date: 27 May – 19 June 2020
Accompanying program: A closing event, where we will discuss the FemLink-Art initiative with Slovenian authors at the exhibition, Vesna Bukovec and Ana Grobler, in an informal atmosphere. The event will take place in front of the Alcatraz Gallery on Thursday, 18 June 2020, from 5.30 pm. We will also present the FemLink-Art publication, which was published on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the collective.

Artists: Evgenija Demnievska (Serbia), Vouvoula Skoura (Greece), Luzia Simons (Brazil), Viviana Berco (Argentina), Hiroko Okada (Japan), Sara Malinarich (Chile), Evelin Stermitz (Austria), Ingrida Pičukane (Latvia), Sabine Mooibroek (the Netherlands), Véronique Sapin (France), Maria Rosa Jijon (Ecuador), Tayeba Begum Lipi (Bangladesh), Amaranta Sanchez (Mexico), Eva Koch (Denmark), C. M. Judge (the USA), Alessandra Arno (Italy), Tanja Koistila (Finland), Maria Dominguez Alba (Spain), Ana Grobler (Slovenia), Elaine Frigon (Canada), Alena Kupčikova (Czech Republic), Seema Nusrat (Pakistan), Mesrure Melis Bilgin (Turkey), Anna Titovets (Russia), Ligia Bouton (Brazil), Dagmar Kase (Estonia), Laura García (Mexico), Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo (Cuba), Zuzanna Janin (Poland), Vesna Bukovec (Slovenia), Ayesha Sultana (Bangladesh), Maria Papacharalambous (Cyprus), Loes Heebink (the Netherlands), Amina Zoubir (Algeria), Cagdas Kahriman (Turkey), Patricija Gilyte (Latvia), Carolina Saquel (Chile/France), Angelika Rinnhofer (Germany),  Itziar Barrio (Spain), Liang Wei (China), Diana Yun (Kazakhstan), Cecilia Vignolo (Uruguay), Jelena Mišković (Serbia), Chantal du Pont (Canada)

Curator: Veronique Sapin (Francija/Singapur)

Anna Titovets, Self cell aggression

About the exhibition

FemLink-Art is a collective of visual artists, established by C. M. Judge (USA) and Veronique Sapin (France/Canada) in 2005. FemLink explores new forms of artistic networking and transnational collaboration; furthermore, its aim is to help artists with harder working conditions and less exhibiting opportunities. Until now, 145 artists from 63 countries, with over 300 works contributed to the creation of a collective piece of art, composed of video collages, thematising various concepts. The founders of FemLink-Art contend that ‘for a long time, the aesthetic criteria were characterized by forced limitations and dominated by principles of exclusion, legitimacy, and hierarchy;’ the project was founded as a political answer to challenge overlooked female artists and inequalities in the world of art, and to foster networking. It works in the way that the founders invite artists to contribute their own perspectives on a specific collage topic without any limitations, except for the temporal one – the video cannot be longer than two minutes.

The Alkatraz Gallery shall confront two topics of video collages – Aggression and Wonder – created by 44 artists, who were chosen by one of the collective’s founders, the curator Veronique Sapin. Although the themes appear to be diametrically opposite, they – with the help of videos, harrowing and diverse in artistic approaches – question the reality, offer critical thought on the present, and reveal what is ordinarily overlooked. Both videos have already been featured in the Photon Gallery in the context of Video evenings, organized by Kolektiva. Among the authors of the collage Wonder is also a Slovene artist Vesna Bukovec, with her video entitled You Can Do It!, whilst the collage Aggression features a Slovene artist and curator, Ana Grobler, with the video titled Fable.

From the exhibition announcement on Alkatraz Gallery website.

More about the exhibition

I am participating with the video You can do it! (2010).


Photo: Nada Žgank

Slovensko | English

Vesna Bukovec is a contemporary visual artist based in Slovenia.

She is a member of the art group KOLEKTIVA