Sunday, March 18, 2007

Existing art in a non-existing state?

Alenka Gregorič Conversation
12 April, 18:30

The conversation will begin with an introduction about the Ljubljana contemporary art institutions and their role in the local and international art scene. Gregorič will give a short presentation of Škuc Gallery where she has been working as artistic director since 2003 followed up by a historical view of the connections between art institutions in (ex)Yugoslavia in the 1980s. The collapse of the state in the 1980s divided the art scene because old and new physical and psychological borders were set up. Nowadays, the contemporary art situation in the ex-Yugoslavia region seems to have reestablished the close connections that had existed the past on an institutional level as well as from the perspective of artistic expression. There is a kind of shared language in the works of artists in the last few years that has much to do with self-irony, and humor and criticism towards the leading world art system, particularly evidenced in the works of Mladen Stilinović, Sislej Xhafa, Art Fun Club, and Jakup Ferri.