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

COMMENTARY #6 | Vesna Bukovec | Safety for Whom?

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 | Exhibitions, News | Comments Off on COMMENTARY #6 | Vesna Bukovec | Safety for Whom?

Exhibition: COMMENTARY #6 | Vesna Bukovec | Safety for Whom?
Venue: +MSUM entrance lobby, Maistrova 3, Ljubljana, SI
Date: February 8 – June 21, 2017

Safety for Whom?

With the excuse of safeguarding its citizens and property, Slovenia is increasingly becoming a police state. The power of the repressive apparatus has been growing since the 2012/13 protests. In 2015 and 2016, the state was responsible for the refugee crisis turning into a humanitarian tragedy. The state has given the army police powers, while the police recently acquired a new water cannon, the use of stun guns is being discussed, and city wardens have increasing authority to take action. The new law against so-called illegal aliens will not only go against the constitution, but numerous international resolutions and conventions as well. After the horrors of the Second World War, the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, recognizing the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all people. Slovenia now intends to violate this. Moreover, as a consequence of also Slovenian actions the refugees caught on the cut-off Balkan Route are now fighting for survival under inhuman conditions. Overall, security is becoming the universal excuse given by the authorities for consolidating their power and increasing their repression, while human lives and destinies are once again being divided into more and less valuable ones.

Vesna Bukovec

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Vesna Bukovec: Safety for Whom?, 2016, digital print

Info on the MG+MSUM website

Exhibition series Commentary

In the entrance lobby of Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, +MSUM, a regular rubric is introduced that allows artists to comment, in a variety of media, formats, and ways of expression, on certain crucial moments and developments in the contemporary political landscape worldwide as they are reflected locally.


Exhibition view at +MSUM entrance lobby
Photo: Vesna Bukovec, Dejan Habicht (+MSUM)

Maravee Ludo: Recreation

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on Maravee Ludo: Recreation

Project Maravee Ludo: Recreation / Ricreazione
Venue: Loža Gallery, Koper, SI
Date: January 27 – March 26, 2017
Opening: Friday, January 27, 2017, at 6 pm

Artists: Janez Vlachy, Boštjan Drinovec, Vesna Bukovec, Kensuke Koike
Curator: Majda Božeglav Japelj

The exhibition is part of the 15th edition of the Maravee Festival, organized by Sabrina Zannnier.


I will participate with the series of drawings I can make another turn, 2012.

Exhibition view
Photo: Jadran Rusjan, Janez Vlachy

Pixxelpoint 2016

Friday, December 2nd, 2016 | Exhibitions | Comments Off on Pixxelpoint 2016

Project Pixxelpoint 2016 – 17th International festival of contemporary art practices
Venue: Nova Gorica City Gallery and various venues in Nova Gorica and Gorica
Date: December 2–9 2016

Curator: Rene Rusjan

Participants: Robertina Šebjanič, Andreea Oarga Mulec, Tea Hvala, Jasna Hribernik, Antonio Della Marina, Alessandra Zucchi, Denis Mavrič, Paul Bush, Niloufar Tajeri, Gal Kirn, Tanja Lažetić, Helene Thuemmel, Rawan Hourani, Sabina Đogić, Anja Medved, Nadija Mustapić, Toni Meštrović, Vesna Bukovec, Widad Tamimi, Nika Avtor, Anja Golob, Nemanja Ćađo, Nina Šorak, Urša Adamič, Pila Rusjan, Gaja Kutnjak, Elena Fajt, Lucija Jankovec, Dejan Krajnik, Neja Kaligaro, Valerie Wolf Gang, Ruobing Wang, Petra Varl, Metod Blejec, Una Rebić, Miha Colner, Slavko Glamočanin, Postaja Topolove/Stazione di Topolò, SMO – Slovensko multimedialno okno

Pixxelpoint 2016

The theme of the festival’s 17th edition is ‘WE’.

‘We. Does this mean the We and the collective You, You and I, or is there also a They, and if so, who does that mean? Goricans, Slovenians, Europeans, Christians, atheists, revolutionaries, mothers, children, families of all types? Are the new arrivals also We, are We the ones staying or are We perhaps the ones departing? Are We those living here and now, or those who have ever lived and ever will? Who is it that we are? And who is it that we can be? Only humans? Are animals included in the concept of We? What about other creatures of the planet, are they also We? Even those that breathe with gills, or those that do not breathe at all? Does We include those beyond the stars, or are those They, or You? What do We have to say to each other?’

Excerpt from the introduction text by curator Rene Rusjan

More about the festival and it’s programme www.pixxelpoint.org


I am participating with the the project I am refugee, which was made together with writer Widad Tamimi.

Photos from the opening, exhibition view of different locations (Art Academy, Nova Gorica City Gallery, City Library) and discussion

Slovensko | English

Vesna Bukovec is a contemporary visual artist based in Slovenia.

She is a member of the art group KOLEKTIVA