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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on Vesna Bukovec: I am not bothered with the end of the world

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

Alla Ricerca dell’Aura Perduta / In Search of a Lost Aura

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on Alla Ricerca dell’Aura Perduta / In Search of a Lost Aura

Exhibition: Alla Ricerca dell’Aura Perduta / In Search of a Lost Aura
Venue: Galleria Regionale d’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Spazzapan, Palazzo Torriani – Via Marziano Ciotti 51, Gradisca d’Isonzo, IT
Date: Side A: 10 March – 4 April 2018, Side B: 7 April – 3 May 2018
Opening: Saturday, 10 March 2018 at 6 pm

Curator: Paolo Toffolutti
Artists: Marina Abramović & Ulay, Diane Arbus, Bruno Baltzer e Leonora Bisagno, Glenn Brown, Vesna Bukovec, Jeff Burton, Diego Caglioni, Larry Clark, Sabine Delafon, Silvia Donini, Luciano Fabro, Ann Hamilton, John Hilliard+Jemima Stehli, Annibal Lopez, Iva Lulashi, Urs Luthi, Francesca Martinelli, Juan Munoz, Joseph Nechvatal, Sini Pelkki, Tadej Pogačar, Koka Ramishvili, Stefano Serretta, Jim Shaw, Davide Skerlj, Laurie Simmons, Jemima Stehli, Cesare Viel, Tanja Vujinović, Andy Warhol, Clemens Wilhelm, Valerie Wolf Gang, Metka Zupanič


The exhibition is part of an international project entitled L’Occhio Irresponsabile / The Irresponsible Eye organized by the cultural association Neo from Udine. The project includes three exhibitions. Besides Alla Ricerca dell’Aura Perduta / In Search of a Lost Aura (curator: Paolo Toffolutti), a solo exhibition Andreja Kulunčič: Different Voices (curator: Antun Maračić) and a group exhibition Omnia ab Uno: l’Artista come Sciamano ed Etnografo / The Artist as Shaman and Etnographer (curator: Josip Zanki).

About the exhibition

In Search of a Lost Aura is a contemporary art exhibition about the visual injunction we are forced to face in this second modernity we are living in. An exhibition that goes from sixties until now, with 70 works of art of accomplished as much as unknown and emergent artists. Works that analyze the topic of the screen-facade, of the representation and negotiation of the look between subject and other. A mediation that passes through the screen – Alice in Wonderland – of the media, always more intelligent and independent. A device that we used to use to address others, and that now is turned inside out. A screen that, instead of building relations, incarcerates inside a web. A world wide web that bounded the entire planet. Since we live in a present always more rapid, timeless, made of wide spaces and narrow moments, the resetting of time and duration has completely transformed the anthropological meaning of human relations, the surround and other’s perception. The title of the exhibition and its contents ambiguously recall this new proustian or Spilbergian temporality, combined with the concept of aura expressed by Walter Benjamin in its 1936’s essay; its loss and, nowadays, its reconstruction, or new virginity, in the digital era. From Andy Warhol to Alberto Vidissoni, like from everybody to anybody. A mental map inside a cultural and political geography, for many still to be explored.

Paolo Toffolutti

L’Occhio Irresponsabile / The Irresponsible Eye (pdf)
Press release Alla Ricerca dell’Aura Perduta (pdf, in Italian)
Fb event

I am participating with two series of drawings: I promise to change the world but only if 10 other people will do the same and I am aware of the possibility to be misunderstood and video Personal Advice

Na-poti / In-On the Way exhibitions

Monday, October 9th, 2017 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on Na-poti / In-On the Way exhibitions

Exhibition: In-On the Way. Migrations of Fear and Story Time
Venue: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška (KGLU) and public places, Slovenj Gradec, SI
Date: October 12 – December 3, 2017
Opening: Thursday, October 12 2017, at 7 pm

Under the joint title NA-POTI (IN/ON THE WAY) two exhibitions Migrations of fear and Story Time will take place in Slovenj Gradec. Both are focused on the theme of migration, refugees, people’s personal stories and experiences as well as on their consequences for both the political and economic image of Europe and the mental framework of the people and the citizens of Europe.


Curatros: Katarina Hergold Germ & Andreja Hribernik
Artists: Kim Albrecht, Nika Autor, Vesna Bukovec, Lana Čmajčanin, Nadine Kaadan, Jure Markota, Jalal Maghout, Škart

Story Time emphasises the significance of knowing the cultural histories of various nations and milieus, for it is precisely this knowledge that represents the first common point on the way towards understanding other cultures arriving in Europe with migratory flows. The invited artists will reinterpret cultural histories and cultural contexts from both European and Arabic worlds. They will emphasise questions related to postulates such as humanity, peace, war, good and evil, and, at the same time, they will interrogate the role of the individual and thus also the individual’s responsibility towards fellow human beings. The invited artists will convene workshops in pairs. In the workshops, they will use dialogue to develop new interpretations of traditional motifs in the light of the migrant crisis. Although some of the presented artworks touch upon global issues, most of the participating artists approach the topic from the individual’s position and experience of the present situation. At the residency the artists will present their working methods and the issues they have been tackling as well as the starting points for the newly conceived works, which will be included in the Story Time exhibition (12. 10., KGLU), which will be on display under the umbrella title of In/On the Way.

Exhibition Story Time is supported by Creative Europe programme.

Curators: Ilina Koralova & Boris Konstadinov
Artists: Azra Akšamija, Nika Autor, Lana Čmajčanin, Plamen Dejanoff, Petja Dimitrova, Juliane Ebner, Dejan Kaludjerović, Luiza Margan, Emil Mirazchiev, Alban Muja, Oliver Ressler, Ute Richter, Kamen Stoyanov, Škart, Borjana Ventzislavova & Mladen Penev, Clara Wildberger

Fear is a basic, natural, defensive reaction to danger, which could reveal itself in acts of aggression, surrender, or retreat. However, in contrast to the inhabitants of Nature, fear has a much wider range of manifestations among human beings: from the mere physical annihilation of the bearer of the alleged danger to the more subtle ways of expression, such as hatred, prejudices, intolerance. Human fear could be justified, but also illusory, a symptom of a mental disorder or a result of some kind of manipulation, exerted on an individual by other individuals. It is not only psychological, but also social phenomenon, and, as such, it belongs to human history and society.
The 21st century, marked by the events of 9/11, gave worldwide rise to an ever-growing fear and anxiety, that were unknown to some extent to the western societies at the time, and that have recently taken unprecedented proportions, due to the terrorist attacks in Europe, the refugee wave and the subsequent humanitarian crisis. Various researches have shown that migration and terrorism are what the Europeans now fear most. However, fears of unemployment, of the deepening social inequality, of personal failure or financial ruin have been lurking in the old, as well as in the newly-born, capitalist societies for decades. The refugee wave only gave one last powerful impulse, which unlocked what has already been suppressed, more or less, for some time. Instability and constant threat gave impetus to the nationalist and far-right movements. The scepticism about the concept for a united Europe has intensified among the population of the EU member-states.
This is where the project Migrations Of Fear takes its starting point. It evolves around the real, phantom, individual or common fears in general, which have surfaced in the last few years. Those fears, and above all the ways the contemporary (European) society could find in order to defeat them, are the spheres, which the project intends to explore.

International Multidisciplinary Cooperation Project Graz – Plovdiv – Slovenj Gradec – Leipzig.

At the exhibition Story Time I am participating with a new series of drawings Birthmark (2017) which will be exhibited in public space.

Photo: Nika Hölzl Praper, Vesna Bukovec

Exhibition opening, photo: Nika Hölzl Praper

more photos

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Vesna Bukovec is a contemporary visual artist based in Slovenia.

She is a member of the art group KOLEKTIVA