Exhibitions

#8MarchEveryDay

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on #8MarchEveryDay

Exhibition: #8MarchEveryDay (#VsakDan8Marec)
Venue: TAM-TAM’s Street Gallery on Vegova, Ljubljana
Date: 10 March – 9 April 2020
Opening: Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 5 pm

Authors: Vesna Bukovec, Tea Hvala and Teja Reba

About the exhibition

TAM-TAM’s Street Gallery on Vegova is presenting an educational project #VsakDan8Marec (#8MarchEveryDay), held for years now by the Association for Promotion of Women in Culture – City of Women on International Women’s Day, targeting teachers, youth workers, parents and everyone who wishes to address the issue of gender (in)equality in dialogue with youth.

The exhibition #VsakDan8Marec was co-designed by Vesna Bukovec, Tea Hvala and Teja Reba. As a starting point, they used a quiz game by the same title, playfully encouraging elementary school and high school pupils to get acquainted with collective fights for equality and justice, the already acquired women’s rights and the fields in which gender inequality is still or ever more pressing. The quiz, for instance, tackles the series of events leading to ever worse poverty of elderly women in Slovenia: increasement of wage differences, enforcement of gender division in work, feminization of certain professions and general work precarity. Furthermore, the quiz #VsakDan8Marec showcases individual female characters – female women’s rightsactivists throughout history and contemporary times, female artists, scientists,inventors and other important female figures.

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I am participating with the drawing What is Feminism?

>> Drawing with English slogans

Photo: Urška Lipovž / City of Women

Transgressions: space, border, margin

Monday, March 2nd, 2020 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on Transgressions: space, border, margin

Exhibition: Transgressions: space, border, margin
Venue: Mestna galerija Nova Gorica (Nova Gorica City Art Gallery), Bevkov trg 4, Nova Gorica
Date: 6 – 12 March,  4 – 29 May 2020

Artists: Nika Autor, Vesna Bukovec, Lana Čmajčanin, Dušan Fišer, Metod Frlic, Michael Kos, Jure Markota, Muhammad Mülller, Karl Vouk, Uroš Weinberger

Curator: Marko Košan

 

About the exhibition

Our lives became entrenched in a particularly ambiguous perception of reality: on the one hand, we are bewitched by unattainable and elusive electronic media images that have shaken our visual perception of the world to the core; on the other hand, desperate efforts are undertaken to preserve a certain imaginary symbolic order of civilization, as we transform anything that seems like an endangered value of yesterday’s world into a real or imagined museum – as if our linear culture of accumulating will collapse if we are unable to manage the past so that everyone can see it. Our concern with the restoration of this visible and physically tangible order is like some kind of a desperate unconscious defence mechanism of civilization, which is felt at the end of a certain stage, when it is faced each day more uncontrollably with the increasingly absurd disrespect for its own fundamental assumptions. The visible, tangible past, this at least seeming feeling of continuity, directs us towards no longer unequivocal goals at the very moment we feel endangered by the transgression of that which is ‘different’, foreign. In the past, these goals were most noble and sublime when they manifested themselves in art and culture.

But what happens when culture and art suddenly refuse to be merely the locus of secrets, seduction, initiation, the open and highly ritualised symbolic exchanges of spiritual goods in a community that has surrounded itself with barbed wire within its own borders? When art tries to preserve its role as an autonomous space of freedom … both freedom of the spirit and freedom within physical borderline space, which was in the past encumbered by immeasurable trauma of personal relations?

Excerpt from curatorial text by Marko Košan

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The exhibition was organized in collaboration with Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti.

I am participating with the silkscreen prints In Serach of Freedom (Ecce homo). Stories written by Widad Tamimi.

Photo: Matej Vidmar

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Cheers to Women! 25 Years of Film and Video

Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | Exhibitions, News | Comments Off on Cheers to Women! 25 Years of Film and Video

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.

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cityofwomen.org

 

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.

Okrožnica

Exhibition Rituals I: Corelations

Monday, August 26th, 2019 | Exhibitions, News | Comments Off on Exhibition Rituals I: Corelations

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

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www.fotogalerie-wien.at

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

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

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 – 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
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

Slovensko | English
Contact

Vesna Bukovec is a contemporary visual artist based in Slovenia.

She is a member of the art group KOLEKTIVA

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