08.09.2017

The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana ”Birth as Criterion”

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Christopher Myers, ”Detritus of Dreams”, 2016
The 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana ”Birth as Criterion”
Christopher Myers, ”Detritus of Dreams”, 2016

The 32nd edition of the Biennial of Graphic Arts, in collaboration and in co-production with many partners, once again delivers an extensive array of exhibitions and events. The main exhibition entitled Criterion as Birth, which will be on display at MGLC (Tivoli Mansion) and in the newly renovated Švicarija Creative Centre, was this time subjected to an interesting experiment through which the main Biennial exhibition was gradually drawn up in its selection of artists. A simple mechanism was used: the recipients of the Grand Prize of the past five Biennial editions – Jeon Joonho (2007), Justseeds (2009), Regina José Galindo (2011), María Elena González (2013) and Ištvan Išt Huzjan (2015) – were invited to propose one artist to participate in this year’s event. These artists were then invited to nominate the next five participating artists. The process consisted of five more rounds and at the end, the 32nd Biennial was supplied by the names of twenty seven participating artists. By doing so, the thirty-second Biennial edition sets a transgressive moment for its biennial starting point, aiming to radically transform – not only the content of the event, but also its structure. This is already suggested by its title Birth as Criterion, which alludes to the poem of modernist twentieth century poet Jure Detela – a poem that provided the surge for self-reflection, which the Biennial has subjected itself to. Or in other words, even when the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts rejects the framework of a thematic exhibition, it stems from a poem. Yet, this is such that it resists to provide a leading theme to the exhibition, but calls for a break with its radical questioning of all polarity. This is already suggested by its title Birth as Criterion, adopted from the poem by Jure Detela, which served as a point of entry for the artists to reflect on the Biennial. By leaving its comfort zone, whether in terms of biennial tradition or established protocols of conceiving contemporary art exhibitions, Birth as Criterion foregrounds a diversity of relationships – a multiplicity that does not possess a single common concept, but instead exists as a continuous flow of meaning, offering a multitude of potential connections and interactions among the artworks.

Slavs and Tatars, ”Tranny Tease za Marcela”, 2014, ”Nose Twister”, 2014
Christopher Myers, ”Detritus of Dreams”, 2016
Kaitlynn Redell, ”Supporting as Herself”, 2013–2017
Jennifer Schmidt, ”Reviewing the Review, Everything for Review”, 2017
Gabriel Rodríguez Pellecer, ”Memories of the Future”, 2017
Michelle Andrade, ”Come On”, 2014, ”Validate Me”, 2014, ”Here I Am”, 2017, ”Everything is Temporary”, 2017
Erica Ferrari, ”To whom does this architecture belong?”, 2017
Jess X. Snow, ”Unstoppable By Borders”, 2017
Gabriel Kuri, ”matching punch cards”, 2016
Mario Santizo, ”33”
Jelsen Lee Innocent, ”Pickets of Purpose for The People of Perpetual Protest II, As If Our Bodies Were Built To House Your Bullets, Citizens”, 2017
Jarrett Key ”Hair Painting No. 14”, 2017, ”I AM”, 2015
Oli Watt ”Pennants”, 2017
Moon Kyungwon, ”Promise Park – Rendering of Future Patterns”, 2015–2016
Ebecho Muslimova, ”How the sensuality in me scatters”, 2017
Johanne Teigen, ”Light not Heat”, 2017
Jon Key, ”Man in the Violet Suit No. 4 (Black), Man in the Violet Suit No. 5”, 2017
Carlos Monroy,” Baphomet. One single birth made incarnate”, 2017
Asuka Ohsawa, ”Inventory of a life in progress”, 2017
Riley Harmon, ”Was it a puddle or gum?”, 2017

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ArtystaMichelle Andrade, Leo Junsuk Bang, Stephanie Brooks, Erica Ferrari, Riley Harmon, Jarrett Key, Jon Key, Eric Khoo, Gabriel Kuri, Moon Kyungwon, Jelsen Lee Innocent, Carlos Monroy, Ebecho Muslimova, Christopher Myers, Asuka Ohsawa, Alejandro Paz, Josse Pyl, Alberto Rodríguez Collía, Gabriel Rodríguez Pellecer, Kaitlynn Redell, Mario Santizo, Jennifer Schmidt, Slavs and Tatars, Johanne Teigen, Nora Turato, Jess X. Snow, Oli Watt
WystawaThe 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana ”Birth as Criterion”
MiejsceMGLC – International Centre of Graphic Arts and Švicarija Creative Centre, Ljubljana
Czas trwania16.06–29.10.2017
Strona internetowabiennialfoundation.org/biennials/biennial-of-graphic-arts-slovenia
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