“I’ll always be there. Always.”

Thursday, July 13th, 2017 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on “I’ll always be there. Always.”

Exhibition: “I’ll always be there. Always.” Media representations of characters, pop and contemporary art
Venue: Gallery of Contemporary Art, Celje, SI
Date: July 21 – October 1, 2017
Opening: Friday, July 21 2017, at 7 pm

Curator: Maja Antončič

Participating artists: Vesna Bukovec, Jure Cvitan, Tomaž Črnej, Gašper Kunšič, Tomaž Tomažin, Nika Oblak in Primož Novak, Iza Pavlina, Mark Požlep, Adrijan Praznik, Arjan Pregl, Oliver Pilić, Andrej Škufca, Manja Vadla, Mladina magazine (covers 2016, 2017)*

I’ll always be there. Always. It’s not the powers. Not the cape. It’s about standing up for justice. For truth. As long as people like you are out there, I’ll be there. Always.” – Superman (Action Comics, #840)

A good sixty years have passed since the glittering images of advertising ads, star icons and film entered the field of art for the first time. The exhibition at hand attempts to show just how skilfully the references of media content and similar culturally interesting phenomena of everyday contemporaneity are being abbreviated by artists today. However, in contrast to the presentations of “pop art”, which would relate to this specific direction of art particularly through historical connotation or association both in terms of form and content, it is the character, as the bearer of the popularization of cultural content and mass consumption that stands in the forefront of the exhibited projects. The emphasis is on using the well-known language of the mass media, which presents various semantic challenges, supported by the chosen character in the artwork. The character is in this case the player who already blurred the borders between reality and fiction in his original existence, but now constructs additional messages and creates a field of reflection or criticism within the context of contemporary art. Thirteen artists draw from an extensive dictionary of media images, online social networks, from the narratives of film and advertising, as well as the marketing apparatus. They speak of the “heroes” of contemporary society that fill our everyday zone of the visible and the perceptive. They are joined by a selection of covers of the Mladina magazine, whose authors – along with some other artists in the exhibition – satirically change the “heroes” into “anti-heroes”, and less frequently the other way round.

Excerpt of the curatorial text by Maja Antončič

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*MLADINA – design: Damjan Ilić, Tomaž Lavrič, Ivian Kan Mujezinović, Fabrika Sarajevo – photography: Uroš Abram, Borut Krajnc, Matjaž Rušt

I am participating with videos from the series White Performances / Positive Affirmations (2010) and video Moje sanje, lepo stanovanje / The Happiest Apartment in the World (2010)

Beli performansi

Moje sanje, lepo stanovanje

Photo: Ana Straže
More photos from the opening

Afghanistan – Slovene Views

Friday, May 12th, 2017 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on Afghanistan – Slovene Views

Exhibition: Afghanistan – Slovene Views
Venue: Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Metelkova ulica 2, Ljubljana, SI
Date: April 25, 2017 – March 30, 2018
Opening: April 25, 2017, at 6 pm

Curator: Mag. Ralf Čeplak Mencin

The exhibition opens up new views of the land of Afghanistan, its rich cultural history and heritage, although the decades of conflict that began in the late 1970s have dramatically reshaped its cultural landscape and affected its people. The exhibition has been prepared by Ralf Čeplak Mencin, MA, the curator for Asia, Oceania and Australia at the Slovene Ethnographic Museum.

More about the exhibition

Part of the exhibition are three stories from the series I am a Refugee (text: Widad Tamimi, drawings: Vesna Bukovec). The three stories Pegasus, Haideri, An Afghan Man and 42 Family Members have their focus on Afghan refugees. They will be presented in Slovene and English language.

Na krilatem konju / Pegasus


Afganistanec in 42 družinskih članov / Afghani and 42 family members

La Fine del Nuovo / The End of the New

Saturday, March 25th, 2017 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on La Fine del Nuovo / The End of the New

Exhibition: La Fine del Nuovo / The End of the New CAP. XIV Compra, Vendi, Compra, Vendi… / Buy, Sell, Buy, Sell…
Venue: Villa di Toppo Florio, Via Morpurgo 8, Buttrio/UD, IT
Date: April 1 – May 1, 2017
Opening: April 1, 2017, at 6 pm

Curator: Paolo Toffolutti
Artists: Vesna Bukovec, Maurizio Ciancia, Davide Grazioli, Zlatko Kopljar, Olson Lamaj, Antun Maračić, Bruno Morello, Petra Mrša, Pantani-Surace, Gioacchino Pontrelli, Oliver Ressler, Vivianne Van Singer, Jelena Vladušić, Regan Wheat

The project brings an itinerant exhibition of contemporary art with the title The End of the New that is going to be organized for a year in various Italian towns as well as in Ljubljana and Zagreb throughout the years of 2016-2017.

More about the exhibition (pdf, in Italian)
Press release (pdf, in Italian)

I have already participated in La Fine del Nuovo / The End of the New CAP. III edition.
At CAP. XIV I am participating with several video works:

War and Us / War and Peace

Saturday, March 25th, 2017 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on War and Us / War and Peace

Exhibition: War and Us / War and Peace
Venue: KAPSULA, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana, SI
Date: March 30 – April 21, 2017

Curator: Mojca Grmek
Artists: Vesna Bukovec, Neža Jurman, Simon Kocjančič, Erik Mavrič, Nika Rupnik, Leon Zuodar

The exhibition is KAPSULA is part of extended project by Hiša kulture v Pivki (House of culture in Pivka).

The title Vojna in mi(r) is a word pun in Slovene language and translates into two meanings that can’t be written together in the same way in English: War and Us/War and Peace. As the title suggests, the idea for the project refers to Tolstoy’s novel War and Peace, which talks about Russian society during the Napoleonic wars. Similarly, the project War and Us/War and Peace addresses the global problems of war and their impact on social life in the local environment, i.e. in Slovenia. The time frame of the project is determined by the impact of wars on the generation of 1975-95. This influence starts with World War II through the lives of our parents and grandparents and extends to the Cold War and the wars that followed the disintegration of Yugoslavia, to the wars in the Middle East today. The main theme of the project is a critical look at the impact of these wars on the social life in our country, from the standpoint of – as in Tolstoy’s novel – opposing to war and advocating of peace.

More about the project


I am participating with the woodcut War is Bussines.

Exploited Reality

Monday, March 6th, 2017 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on Exploited Reality

Exhibition: Exploited Reality
Venue: Trowbridge Arts, Wiltshire, UK
Date: March 3 – April 20, 2017

Artists: Mery Gobec & Asja Trost, Pila Rusjan & Dejan Štefančič, Rajat Sharma, Vesna Bukovec, Helene Thümmel, Valerie Wolf Gang, Automated Luxury (Clare Robertson)

Curated by: Nina Jesih and Amy Navarrete

Town Hall Arts has partnered with Bath Spa University’s MA Curatorial Practice students Nina Jesih from Slovenia and Amy Navarrete from Colombia. They were invited to create an exhibition of artists’ films and began their search in their home countries.

Building on previous collaborations and through an open invitation they expanded the selection to include nine international artists who work with the medium of video. The presented works do not have an overt narrative but reveal a contemporary undertone. Each piece in its own way deals with the question of how people interact with their daily existence and plays on the audience’s emotions and concerns.

The art works are located within the main gallery and throughout the Town Hall building. We encourage you to investigate the architecture’s hidden areas and be confronted by exploitations of reality through the artists’ eyes.

Exhibition handout (pdf)

I am participating with the video Zlorabljeni pojmi/Abused Terms, 2016

Zlorabljeni pojmi

Slovensko | English

Vesna Bukovec is a contemporary visual artist based in Slovenia.

She is a member of the art group KOLEKTIVA