COMMENTARY #6 | Vesna Bukovec | Safety for Whom?

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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

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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

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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

Vesna Bukovec: In Search of Freedom (Ecce Homo)

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Exhibition: Vesna Bukovec: In Search of Freedom (Ecce Homo)
Venue: Miklova hiša Gallery, Rokodelski center Ribnica, Ribnica, SI
Date: November 18 – December 12, 2016

Stories: Widad Tamimi
Curator: Petja Grafenauer

vabilo Vesna Bukovec: V iskanju svobode (Ecce homo)


One year ago writer Widad Tamimi invited me to draw illustrations to her stories of refugees. With the project we wanted to cast a light on the suffering of people migrating along the Balkan route, which also crosses our country, and help neutralizing the negative image of refugees and xenophobia spreading across local mediascape and social networks.
Stories were published weekly in online and print edition of Delo (newspaper in Slovene language) under the title ‘Begunec sem (I am a refugee)’ from January till April 2016. Since than the stories and illustrations have been presented in various exhibitions.

With the project of fine art portfolio I’ve decided to single out five illustrations (together with stories) and upgrade them to a large format silkscreen art prints.

Portfolio In Search of Freedom (Ecce Homo)
Printed by: Slavko Pavlin, Printmaking Studio (silkscreen and litography), MGLC International Centre of Graphic Arts Ljubljana
Edition: 10
Content of 1 portfolio: 5 fine art prints (silkscreen) + 6 paper sheets with texts (by Widad Tamimi, digital print)
Size of fine art prints: 50 x 70 cm
The portfoilo folder is an original handwork (by Dejan Koban and Vesna Bukovec)

Photos from the opening
Photo: Mitja Ilc

Art in a Suitcase – Between Image and Mind

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Project: Art in a Suitcase – Between Image and Mind. Traveling exhibition and curator’s presentations
Venue: various venues in Mexico
Date: November-December 2016

Curator: Vasja Nagy
Artists: Vesna Bukovec, Gani Llalloshi, Eva Petrič, Günther Selichar, Astrid Sodomka, Franz Wassermann, Tilen Žbona

Arte en la maleta

Curator Vasja Nagy continues with his project s svojim projektom Art in a Suitcase. This time he traveled to Mexico.

La Huella Grafica, Oaxaca City, 12 November 2016

Galería Tu Mamá, 4ta Privada de Emiliano Zapata No. 42-1 La Asunción, Xochimilco Centro, 7th December 2016

Casa de La Cultura San Rafael, Rosas Moreno 110, esquina Francisco Diaz Covarruvias, 06470, Ciudad de Mexico, 8th December 2016

Centro de Artes y Oficios Tepito, Rivero 12, Peralvillo, Morelos, 06200 Ciudad de México, 9th December 2016

Galeria La Sandia, Fundación Fertilizando El Esfuerzo, Mexico City, 17–24 November 2016

About the project:

The exhibition is a selection of 8 established artists from Slovenia and Austria that have already achieved recognition by national and international art critics as well as appreciation by public. The artists belong to different generations and follow different approaches to artistic expression. It is a strong conscience about the bond between (re)presentation and single and collective mind in society that connects work of these artists. They share some kind of an activist attitude which they use in a delicate way; they are never aggressive or rude. They rather express themselves from a personal, sometimes directly from intimate space, and personally address spectator as a member of society or a single element in complexity of the universe.

Art in a Suitcase is a project and attitude of a curator who travels with artworks suitable for presentations in various forms. Sometimes they break rules of traditional aesthetic values but still follow the rules accepted by the contemporary art world in general. Artworks have in the history always been a medium for handing over some kind of message; some kind of containers, physical manifestations of ideas. The form of an artwork fits its content and technique in which it is executed is sometimes merely aesthetic issue, other times is a symbolic expression in a same way like other symbols like colours, shapes or compositions. Content can be sometimes easy to decipher but mostly is fully comprehensible only through a contemplation and study. The position of a curator between an artwork in the audience is to take care that the ideas move in both ways i.e. the artworks reach the audience and audience finds a place for artworks in their lives. A curator can offer a simple or complex explanation or present one possible interpretation that triggers the imagination to search for own way to unpack the artwork like would one unpack a suitcase to reach for its content.

Vasja Nagy

The project is made possible through kind support: Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia and Embassy of Republic of Slovenia in Washington

I am participating with series of drawings There is no society without spectacle and At whose expense.

Slovensko | English

Vesna Bukovec is a contemporary visual artist based in Slovenia.

She is a member of the art group KOLEKTIVA