The Remains – Retrospective exhibition by Damijan Kracina   

“For the 26th anniversary of Autonomous Cultural Centre Metelkova City (ACC Metelkova mesto), Arts and Culture Association Mreža (meaning ‘network) (KUD Mreža) connected with The Last Contemporary Art Museum, a worldly renowned institution, which is located in the settlement Logje, at the extreme west of Slovenia, in a building of venerable age.[1] The title of the museum stresses the fact that, nowadays, contemporary art has reached its edge. The museum stands in the middle of intact nature. With its activities, it questions the methodology, approaches and creations of contemporary art, which is a par excellence link with the versatile artist Damijan Kracina, who it exclusively represents. The museum also hosts the artist’s permanent and permanently changing exhibition. Damijan Kracina is an academic painter and multimedia artist. Since 2008 and until recently, he was using his artistic studio at Metelkova. In 2018, he applied for and won a studio place in Švicarija (meaning ‘Swiss/sweat) in Park Tivoli, Ljubljana. Despite this, Damijan Kracina is still very much present in Metelkova City, both with current projects he is executing or helping to conceptualise and with numerous placements in a public space, which leave a mark on Metelkova City.

In Alktraz Gallery, we regularly host retrospective exhibitions of Metelkova’s artists. For the 26th anniversary, we chose the exhibition of Damijan Kracina in order to mark the turning point in time, characterised by the leaving of this relevant artist from the working space. According to the agreement with The Last Contemporary Art Museum, we decided to follow a successful model of their permanent exhibition, and conceptualise our exhibition as a cabinet of curiosities. In fact, this principle is typical of the artist, who ‘constructs the cabinets of wonder anew again and again by including curiosities he runs into on his journey into his own mental landscape’, as Klavdija Figelj poetically contends at the opening of his exhibition, entitled Discomforting Meaning, on 8 June 2019 in Ciril Kosmač’s library in Tolmin, Slovenia.” –

Damijan Kracina (1970) completed his graduate studies in Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Art and Design (ALOU) in 1996, where he also obtained his MA in Sculpture and Video Art in 1999. He was improving his knowledge in Graz, Austria, New York, at Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, and at Santa Fe Art Institute in the USA. He was a co-founding member of the art group Provokart and a co-founder and, for a while, artistic director of the centre for art ARTilerija Kluže. Moreover, he is a co-founder of the art group The Domestic Research Society (DDR). Since 2010, he has been working as a professor at the Secondary School for Design and Photography. In 2015, he established The Last Contemporary Art Museum in Logje. He lives and works in Ljubljana.

You are kindly invited to the opening of the retrospective exhibition The Remains by Damijan Kracina on 2 September, Monday at 8 pm, at Alkatraz Gallery, and kindly invited also to the guided tour with the artist (in Slovene language) on 7 September, Saturday at 6 pm.

On display: 2 September 2019 – 20 September 2019

Lighting Guerrilla at Alkatraz Gallery: RaumZeitPiraten – About the Impossibility of Borders   

This year’s focus of the festival is on exploration and comprehension of different aspects of borders, be those physical, optical, social, psychologic or purely spiritual, borders that both divide and connect. We will thus put on display works that explore the boundaries between the public and the private, between past and present etc. works that examine the limits of human perception and imagination and thus offer a deliberation on this phenomenon which is attracting lots of attention due to current events in the world.

One of the Festivals’ stations is Alkatraz Gallery, where RaumZeitPiraten – German art collective, will present a solo exhibition.  RaumZeitPiraten is a collective of German artists who create characteristic »techno« light installations, mobile and kinetic DIY sculptures made from repurposed opto-acoustic devices.  The collective this time occupies the whole gallery presenting a project that stems from the historical concept of the so-called Expanded Cinema from the 70’s. This, unlike classical movie production, combines movies with other technological means such as video, special effects, holograms etc. RaumZeitPiraten are presenting an ironic paraphrase of the Expanded Cinema: the viewer, immersed in a visually saturated space conglomerate turns into an active participant of this meta-narrative and multi-sensorial ’cinematic’ story.

At the opening of the exhibition, there will be a repeat of analogue screenings in front of the Alkatraz Gallery called Overhead  – project by students of High School of Design and Photography. These are analogue improvisations using overhead projectors where the attendees will demonstrate their creative skills in creating live visual narratives.

RaumZeitPiraten is an audio-visual, time and space changing art collective that consists of Tobias Daemgen, Jan Ehlen and Moritz Ellerich. They have been working together since 2007 under this name that hints at the inspirational Einstein’s concept of the four-dimensional Raumzeit (space-time), while as pirates they feel the need to freely play with these concepts outside the traditional frameworks of production.

You are kindly invited to the opening of “About the Impossibility of Borders” exhibition by RaumZeitPiraten art collective on 23 May, Thursday at 9.30 pm at Alkatraz Gallery. The exhibition is a part of the 13th International Festival of Lighting Guerrilla.

Production: Strip Core/Forum Ljubljana & High School of Design and Photography (screenings).
Co-production: Alkatraz Gallery/KUD Mreža

On display: 23 May 2019 – 15 June 2019

Basic Bricks Of Logic 1 by Julij Borštnik at Alkatraz Gallery   

“The project Basic Bricks Of Logic 1 is the continuation of the artist’s collaboration with the Vienna gallery Schleifmüehlgasse resulting in the exhibition The Measure Of Profit (2014) and is designed as a minimalist sculpture installation. First and foremost, it speaks to the viewer through spatial physical and visual perception, the content of the message coming to the forefront after deeper consideration. There are two sculptures in the space: two parallel installations from wooden squares and foam. In terms of content, the constructions first seem rather abstract, but after a more careful examination of the installation and the sketches on the walls, it becomes clear that the two objects represent the four key curves of the logic of profit-driven economy. The first set represents the conceptual assumptions of profit logic. The second set shows how it works in practice based on statistics for the last seven decades.

The exhibition is an attempt at making the key elements of the logic that dominates and drives the economic and political environment in which we live immediately comprehensible. The first set represents the curves delineated by the logic in the abstract, conceptual world without the limitations of the real world, the logic being realisable in its presumed form. The second set represents the same curves but in the real world; as outlined in the past seventy years. A comparison between the two sets uncovers the logic’s entanglement in its own contradictions and the limits of the environment.” –

Julij Borštnik studied sculpting at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design from which he graduated in 2007. In 2005 he received the Student Prešeren Award and the international artists’ Essl Award. In 2008 he enrolled in the postgraduate programme of philosophy organised by the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA) in collaboration with the University of Nova Gorica. The main cycles of his artistic creation include The Future Of Work (a series of four feature-length documentaries in co-authorship with Abel Heijkamp), Osnovni zidaki logike (The Basic Bricks Of Logic) – The Measure Of Profit, Schleifmühlgasse Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 2014) and Potencialni Prostor (Potential Space – exhibitions Re-Generation at the Institute of Chemistry, 2018; the exhibition The Path at the Srečišče Gallery, 2013; the exhibition Impulse and Possibilities at the Trbovlje Workers’ Hall, 2011; a performative lecture at the Personal/Collective Festival, 2011). He regularly works with sculptor Katja Oblak in the fields of sculpting and video. Since 2008, he also devotes his time to work and organisation in the field of fine art pedagogics (sculpting, painting, animation) for various age groups. Since 2011, he also teaches sculpting at the Fine Arts Education Centre (LICE) in Ribnica, and drawing and sculpting at the School of Fine Arts in the Nova Gorica City Gallery which he co-founded.

You are kindly invited to the exhibition opening of Julij Borštnik’s Basic Bricks Of Logic 1 on 17 January, Thursday at 7 pm at Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana.

On display: 17 January 2019 – 8 February 2019

Every Man Is A Lonely Island – Maruša Meglič at Alkatraz Gallery   

“Maruša Meglič is a talented artist who focuses mostly on the quality of exhibition experience rather than the quantity of art production. Although she is a relatively new name in the art world, her works are elaborated and thought through. The Site-specific exhibition at the Alkatraz Gallery reveals that she has a good sense of space when it comes to building spatial compositions, for which purification and simplicity are representative. The artist consistently uses this unusual approach, which we are not used to at the majority of other exhibitions. Frequently individual works themselves form a display, whereas here the medium of expression is the exhibition as a whole.

The project of Maruša Meglič, Every Man Is A Lonely Island, is a site-specific-art work, which adjusts to the Alkatraz Gallery and builds on its features. Thematically, the installation is a staged existential drama referring to a spectator and pressing them towards thinking about the meaning of life. The sun which is not the sun, the frames of a house that is not and a black floor, which denies everything, are multifaceted scenic metaphors of life and being.” –

Maruša Meglič was born in 1989 in Ljubljana. She graduated from Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana in the field of painting (2012). She continued her education at a study exchange in Prague, at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design. She is currently finishing Master’s Degree in painting at ALUO in Ljubljana. She lives and works in Ljubljana. Maruša Meglič presented her works at the following solo exhibitions: Skin Deep (HOoST, Ljubljana, 2017), Warm Heart Faint of Heart (Chalton Gallery, London, 2016), the artist only needs a little (KIOSK Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, 2015), Some Rosary (Bežigrajska galerija, Ljubljana, 2013). She also participated in several group exhibitions in Slovenia (Škuc Gallery, 2016; Jakopič Gallery, 2016; MSUM +, 2015; MGLC, 2013; Gallery Alkatraz, 2012) and abroad (ESSL Museum, Vienna, 2015; Gallery Cortil, Rijeka, 2015 ; Constantin Brancusi Gallery, Bucharest, 2014; Gallery Medium, Bratislava, 2013). She is the recipient of the Essl Art Award CEE 2015.

You are kindly invited to the exhibiton opening of Every Man Is A Lonely Island by Maruša Meglič on 10 May, Thursday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana.

The project is supported by: Filc, d.o.o. & Kemoplast, d.o.o.

On display: 10 May 2018 – 30 May 2018

Group exhibition Bad Choice? at Alkatraz Gallery   

“Group exhibition Bad Choice? / Slaba odločitev? is part of a long-term research project, which will be implemented in the form of presentations, exhibitions, interviews and analyses. The project was established with the aim of detecting the conditions of work of art collectives in the field of art and presenting the problems and challenges they face in their work. Through the presentation of the process of work and the direct testimony in the form of an interview, the visitor will receive an insight into their creative work, how they operate and the reflections of the artists on the collectivity. We invited three tandems to this year’s exhibition. These are Lenka Đorojević & Matej Stupica, Nika Oblak & Primož Novak and Small but Dangers.” –

Thanks to: Center for Contemporary Arts SCCA-Ljubljana and Forum Ljubljana for borrowing equipment for the exhibition.

Additional programme: artist talk & guided tour, Friday, 13th April, at 7 pm.

Lenka Đorojević & Matej Stupica is an artistic duo based in Ljubljana, working together since 2012. With their collaborations, they develop a body of works that oscillate between interactive installation ambiences, set designs and experiential environments. As an artistic duo, they have been presenting their work at: National Library of Serbia in Belgrade and International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana (2012), MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art in Ljubljana (2014), P74 Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova in Ljubljana (2015), 8th Triennial of Contemporary Art – U3, Beyond the Globe at the Museum of Contemporary Art Ljubljana, Galerija Jakopič and P74 Gallery in Ljubljana and RU – Residency Unlimited in New York (2016), Venice International Performance Art Week and A plus A Gallery in Venice, U10 Art Space Belgrade (2017). For their work they received OHO Award 2015. /,

Nika Oblak & Primož Novak examine contemporary media and capital driven society as they dissect its visual and linguistic structure. They exhibited worldwide, in venues like the Sharjah Biennial (AE), Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo (JP), Istanbul Biennial (TR), Biennale Cuvee in Linz (AT), Transmediale in Berlin (DE), FILE in Sao Paulo (BR). They received numerous grants and awards, including the CYNETART Award by the Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau in Dresden (DE) and an honorary mention of art critics at the Biennale WRO, Wroclaw (PL). In 2018 they were awarded the White Aphroid Award for artistic achievement by MMC KIBLA, Maribor (SI). /

Small but Dangers (Mateja Rojc & Simon Hudolin Salči), born 1977. They began to work together under the common name Small but Dangers in 2004, with exhibition Process in C.M.A.K. Youth Center Cerkno. They are represented by Gallery P74 since 2010. /

You are kindly invited to the opening of group exhibition Bad Choice? on 6 April, Friday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery. Make sure to join us also for the artist talk and guided tour on 13 April, Friday at 7 pm.

On display: 6 April 2018 – 26 April 2018

The Sky On Earth – Erik Mavrič at Alkatraz Gallery   

“Erik Mavrič is qualified painter who does not appear very frequently in the public artistic space, however, when he does, he usually puts on display an ouvre of monument qualities. He proved this already at his first larger solo exhibition at Krško Gallery, where he – under the joint title Who Is Stingy with Words, Lacks Bread… / Kdor besede špara, kruha strada… (2014) – presented a couple of monumental artworks. In the first one, entitled Garbage Bible, he copied the entire text of the Bible, in excerpts, onto the packaging left over from his daily shopping. In the second, entitled Golden Bread / Zlati kruh, he dried and gilded about 400 kilos of bread. Another artwork that belongs within this frame is Erik’s Room / Erikova soba in the Hiša kulture (House Of Culture), in Pivka (2017), a permanent wall painting that came about in the way that the artist covered all the walls of a smaller gallery space entirely with a crayon, as a »seismograph« of visual noting of activities, taking place in this particular space.

What all the mentioned artworks have in common and what connects them with his most recent one, introduced in the present exhibition, is – in its very basis – a simple, yet long-running, monotonous and repetitious routine of its creation. The artist was producing each of these works for several months or even years, several hours a day, using commonplace materials and tools of broad coverage. To sum it up, the artist closely bound his production with his everyday surroundings and ordinary daily life.

In the present exhibition he is presenting a monumental work entitled The Sky On Earth / Nebo na zemlji in which he undertook the task of diagram-transferring of the night sky on newspaper paper with a ball-pen. The image entitled The visible stars by distance, by the Black Oak observatory in California, USA, available on the internet, served as the outset for his artwork The image shows a data model of the universe, visible to the naked eye, representing only a fragment of all the stars that have been detected by telescopes. The image is divided horizontally and vertically into 475 parts. The artist was drawing diagrams of singular segments onto the pages of daily papers, enlarged in the 1:10 ratio. The fragmentariness and the process of enlarging enabled him to transform the copying into a kind of a daily dairy entry, the process that he persistently continued for long 17 months, 7 hours per day, on average. The final product of the process is the approximately 50 square metres (5,073 m x 9,750 m) big puzzle-like drawing, depicting the star-covered sky, spreading out over the written record of topical events on Earth, as well as the artist’s visual diary from the period.” –

Erik Mavrič (1979, Koper) graduated in painting in 2004 and in 2008 obtained his M.A. at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. His works have been shown in numerous solo exhibitions, among them at the House of Culture/Hiša kulture, Pivka, 2016; Galerija Dimenzija napredka, Nova Gorica, 2014; Galerija Krško, 2014; Project Room SCCA / Projektna soba SCCA, Ljubljana, 2012. Mavrič had participated at several group exhibitions in such venues as: P74, Ljubljana, Hiša kulture Pivka, Centre for Contemporary Arts/Center sodobnih umetnosti Celje, Galerija Velenje, City Gallery/Mestna galerija Nova Gorica, Galerija Simulaker, Novo mesto, Galerija Insula, Izola. In 2012 he was awarded a special acknowledgement of the expert jury at the 16th Slovene Sculpture Exhibition, and in 2002 he received a Prešeren Award for students.

You are kindly invited to the exhibition opening of The Sky On Earth by Erik Mavrič, curated by Mojca Grmek. The opening will take place on 6 February at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery in Ljubljana.

On display: 6 February 2018 – 2 March 2018

Caroline Sury’s Voodoo Entartete Kunst at Alkatraz Gallery   

“The premiere solo presentation of Caroline Sury in Slovenia brings a selection of the highly versatile creative output of this French artist: at Alkatraz Gallery, a selection of originals from her comics will be complemented by the author’s drawings, silkscreen prints and etchings, as well as illustrations and animations. The exhibition places special emphasis on Sury’s cutouts.

Sury draws on the tradition of Art Brut, her works being very straightforward, even wild, yet always highly intimate and personal, often dealing with autobiographical issues, and invariably so with infallible honesty. Even though critics describe her style as uninhibited, even aggressive and daunting, in terms of subject matter many of the emphases attest to the author’s introspective insightfulness as well as her emphatic sensibility in observing life and the society at large. Caroline Sury’s art is easily identifiable: her occasionally pronounced expressivity is often mixed with an artistic expression marked by palpably child-like naivety, teeming with playful and ironic elements. With the recent withdrawal of colour, the author’s increasingly refined forms have become markedly graphical and polished, yet still allowing enough room for sundry details. In her work, Sury often explores women’s issues and women’s eroticism. As the latter is one of the focuses of the exhibition, part of the gallery space will turn into a special ladies’ boudoir to display works dealing with eroticism.

Caroline Sury (1964, Laval) is a graphic artist, illustrator, comic artist and musician with a degree from L’école des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, who also works as editor and producer. Together with Pakito Bolino she was a long-standing editor of Le Dernier Cri, a Marseille-based underground publishing house specialised in various publications and prints from books to graphic art and posters. Sury lives and works in Marseille.” –

You are kindly invited to the exhibition opening of Voodoo Entartete Kunst by Caroline Sury, on 1 December, Friday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana.

On display: 1 December 2017 – 29 December 2017

Matija Praznik’s Alternative Historization Of The Alternative   

The exhibition is a part of the traditional all-Metelkova benefit, surplus of which will be dedicated to the future work of Radio Študent!

This year, RS-benefit is thematic. The reason for choosing the theme is self-evident:  the 40th anniversary of punk in Slovenia, which is also the 40th anniversary of punk on Radio Študent.

There is a single entry fee (10 €) for the entire Metelkova mesto.

Down & Behind – Simon Kocjančič at Alaktraz Gallery   

“At the first sight the works of Simon Kocjančič evoke an impression of being hermetic and enigmatic. The viewer quickly notices sparse groups of elements and colour planes. Prevailing are darker hues and undefined organic shapes, difficult to ascribe a meaning to. A talk with the painter does not make the reception any easier. Kocjančič stresses that his painting does not refer to any specific concept, and that his creating does not stem from a desire to communicate a certain message. However, this does not mean that the artist is oriented into a formalistic exploration of colours and shapes and that he is interested only in exploration of the elements of painter’s work. In his most recent works the author remained faithful to the painting process of nuancing of colour masses and planes, which, this time, do not allude to figures, but emphasize a twist into the development of an abstract form.” –

Simon Kocjančič (1979) graduated in 2007 at a College of Visual Art in Ljubljana. He is active in the fields of painting, drawing, graphic art, photography and art zines production. He has been exhibiting since 2006. In 2017 he participated in a group exhibition Off the hook at Neurotitan gallery in Berlin in colaboration with Dobra vaga gallery. The same year he participated in a group exhibition Zines! Contemporary Zine Production at the International Center of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana.

You are kindly invited to theexhibition opening of “Down & Behind” by Simon Kocjančič on 25 October, Wednesday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery.

On display: 25 October 2017 – 22 November 2017

Anna Linder’s Spermwhore at Alkatraz Gallery   

Experimental film about unwanted childlessness in a world where normative heterosexual relationships dictate who can become parents and in what way. When it comes to reproduction, our merciless bodies reduce us to merely a set sex or given gender. But the longing for children is not limited to our bodies, and the possibility of pregnancy can be gifted, shared and undertaken together.

The author on the project: “The darkness is about being able to focus on our bodies and our body parts, while providing the necessary intimacy required for the film. Nakedness without exhibitionism. Bodies without ownership. Body parts belonging to a large family body instead of individuals. The idea of filming loose body parts, both incoherent, disconnected from each other and intertwined, felt important for the film. Important for us. Important for the notion of the family. That there are many who belong in different ways. I knew early on that the film would be very dark, with inconsistent and moving light, and would by all means be filmed in Super 8. These three distinct starting points formed the basis of the film project in 2011.” –

Your are kindly invited to the opening of Spermwhore, a film installation by Anna Linder, on 8 October, Sunday at 7 pm at Alkatraz Gallery. The project is a part of 23rd International Festival Of Contemporary Art – City Of Women.

The opening talk will be held by Anna Linder and Jasmina Šepetavc.

On display: 8 October 2017 – 15 October 2017

Boštjan Novak – The Structure Of Proper Proportions at Alkatraz   

“Since the very beginning, Boštjan Novak has been an active figure in the process of designing of the ACC Metelkova mesto, as we know it today. The synthesis of common and controversial principles of operation and creation, that is immanent to open spaces akin to Metelkova mesto, reflects in Boštjan Novak’s works. The artist attempts to harmonize the organic with the impulsiveness of the micro space of Metelkova; packed with contradictoriness and diverse creative energies as well as to structure an order in the creative chaos. His artworks and creative process possess an awareness of the importance to observe the world and its phenomena, translated into accordant visual language of fine art.” – Jadranka Plut

You are kindly invited to the opening of The Structure Of Proper Proportions retrospective exhibition by Boštjan Novak on 8 September, Friday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana. The exhibition is a part of the 24th Anniversary of ACC Metelkova.

On display: 8 September 2017 – 29 September 2017

Neven Korda’s Memories Of Exile at Alkatraz Gallery   

Memories Of Exile is a conceptual installation represented in the form of video, used to create new entities by breaking up, deconstructing, and manipulating (predominantly) fully formed self-sufficient structures by interconnecting, blurring, and voiding.

The installation is a part of Neven Korda’s practice of “pure video”, he started to explore at the turn of the millennium that aims to explore beauty in the expression of the emotional, poetic views of the modern man.

You are kindly invited you to the exhibition opening of Memories Of Exile by Neven Korda on 21 August, Monday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery.

On display: 21 August 2017 – 31 August 2017

What Is Yours, Nothing Is Yours! – a group exhibition at Alkatraz Gallery   

“Drawing Jam Session (Risarski jam session) is a project of a group of artists started in 2016. The majority of their meetings since last October took place in the Alkatraz Gallery, during that time not operating as a public exhibition space, but as an intimate-social space intended for socializing and creation. A simple co-operational frame was set up: regular meetings at the agreed location, employment of basic drawing utensils, attempt to combine and merge different artistic approaches within a singular drawing, all in the attempt to emphasize the artefact as the reason for the continuation of a dialogue, and not as the final stop of the process. The project resulted in the What Is Yours, Nothing Is Yours! exhibition.

Group creation stems from the desire and urge of the artists to socialize, exchange skills, open up to new creative approaches, and also to develop one’s own, individual artistic language. Most of the artists involved regard the so modified creative process as the key element for their co-operation. The drawings are, utmost, regarded as experiments that occasionally or for some develop and transcend into completed works; like with every creative process, these two categories alternate.” –

Participating artists: Nevena Aleksovski, Ivana Bajec, Erik Mavrič, Miha Perne, Adrijan Praznik and Iva Tratnik.

You are kindly invited to the exhibition opening of What Is Yours; Nothing Is Yours! on 5 July, Wednesday at 6 pm at Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana. The exhibition is curated by Anabel Černohorski and Sebastian Krawczyk.

On display: 5 July 2017 – 28 July 2017

Brina Ivanetič’s Breath-In / Breath-Out at Alkatraz Gallery   

“With her installation Brina Ivanetič continues her sculptural research into the issue of absence and what is that visualizes the absence. Embodying this particular absence, her works are caught in an ambivalent and inherently sculptural interplay of the material and immaterial, where the sculptural object is shaped by a trail and an impression of some presence. Amidst the consideration there is often a human body, re-defined into its negative form to evade from a classical understanding of figural depiction. A somewhat peculiar trail of a human body is also what the current installation brings. When we enter the dimmed cube of the spatial installation, we gaze at the alternatingly illuminated bust masks having been used in cancer-patient therapies at the oncological department. Into the artwork, in this manner, a hunch of death creeps, further thematised by the sound of several different breathings and the alternating light. Masks as a cast, a shell of some patient in a grave moment as well as the recording of the breathing of random persons as their trail in some random moment – both find themselves caught within a joined frame, in a tense relation. The segments and the trails – with their presence – evoke the absence of some human presence – the people who have left these traces behind.” –

You are kindly invited to the exhibition opening of Breath-In / Breath-Out by Brina Ivanetič. The event will take place on 7 June, Wednesday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana. The exhibition is curated by Iza Pevec.

On display: 7 June 2017 – 30 June 2017

Goran Medjugorac and Art Larson’s exhibition at Alkatraz Gallery   

Alkatraz Gallery’s The Country Gentlemen exhibition toys with diverse perception of nature while trying to warn of the dichotomy: on the one hand we have a rational view on nature, always in search of how to master it, on the other hand, however, there are traditional societies who do not know of gentlemen and are building their life in co-existence with nature.

Both artists, Goran Medjugorac and Art Larson use several approaches in order to grasp the idea of how to capture nature in a medium. In their research they worship nature and their inspiration draws on romantic ideas of discovery and contemplation on the petiteness of a human before nature. It always stands above a human.

Painter Goran Medjugorac within the monumental drawing – as an autonomous medium – by mathematical patterns attempts to synthesize a direct reflection of nature. Preciseness, vitality and discipline are detected in his strokes. The medium of drawing enables him liveliness, inconclusiveness, openness and construction of an art form that in the process of creation stumbles upon limitation and the awareness of the imperfection of the human in relation to nature.

Art Larson makes a video recording of tree life, which in comparison to a human life, appears slow and infinite. During the observation, he keeps facing his own physical weakness and limitation, so immanent to our existence.

You are kindly invited you to the exhibition opening of The Country Gentlemen by Goran Medjugorac and Art Larson on 9 May, Tuesday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery.

On display: 9 May 2017 – 3 June 2017

The Clash by Eriz Moreno and Valerie Wolf Gang at Alkatraz   

“The exhibition brings together three people: artists Valerie Wolf Gang and Eriz Moreno and the curator Kateřina Lenzová. They personally met here in Ljubljana in 2016 which resulted in a joint project. The unifying theme of this project is the subject of artistic mobility which has currently a significant impact on artistic practices and interdisciplinary co-operations.

The works presented at the exhibition were made during international artistic residencies. They demonstrate how a new and foreign environment affects artistic creation and the artists. Staying abroad involves constant confrontation of opinions, attitudes and values, providing the artists with a rich source of inspiration and new experiences. In their works the artists reflect not only the world around them, but also their position in it.” –

You are kindly invited to the opening of the exhibition The Clash by Eriz Moreno and Valerie Wolf Gang on 4 April, Tuesday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery. You are kindly invited also to the discussion at the SCCA Project Room: “Artist Abroad – Discussion About Artistic Mobility And Its Influence On Art” with the artists and the curator on 3 April, Monday at 6 pm.

On display: 4 April 2017 – 28 April 2017

The Uprising Social Workers’ collective says goodbye to Alkatraz   

“Why do you show your tits? What kind of connection is there between banks, trouble at the borders and feminism? Such radical photos will not achieve anything!”

The Uprising Social Workers’ collective wants to say goodbye to their exhibition at Alkatraz Gallery in an interactive way, so we have prepared a guided tour which will present their work and its message. You are kindly invited to join the I Spit On Revolution! exhibition closing guided tour on 30 March, Thursday at 5.30 pm. The event will happen in Slovene language, with the possibility of translation into English.

I Spit On Revolution! – The Uprising Social Workers at Alkatraz Gallery   

“The Uprising Social Workers, at the current Red Dawns Festival, present their third feminist calendar, this time in the form of an exhibition of photographs, paintings, sculptures, videos and texts that have been created in the four years of our activity. The exhibition opening at Alkatraz Gallery will be accompanied by a performance.” –

You are kindly invited to the opening of the exhibition I Spit On Revolution! by The Uprising Social Workers collective, followed by an opening performance, on 9 March, Thursday at 7 pm at Alkatraz Gallery. The project is co-organized by KUD Anarhiv and part of Red Dawns – 18th International Feminist And Queer Festival.

On display: 9 March 2017 – 31 March 2017

Residence Of The Void: exhibition closing guided tour by Dajana Durić   

Croatian artist Dajana Durić’s The Residence Of The Void exhibition will finish with a guided tour hosted by the artist on 3 March, Friday at 6 pm. Dajana Durić is going to tell us about the background of the project: ideas behind the design as well as some interesting details about the long process of creating her displayed artwork. The gallery team is keen to ask her about connections between her original site-specific installation and the Far-Eastern concepts of harmony and peace, and also about want do they mean to her personally. You are kindly invited to join the discussion and the special guided tour on Friday at Alkatraz Gallery.

Dajana Durić’s Residence Of The Void at Alkatraz Gallery   

“Dajana Durić is an artist yet unbeknownst to the Slovenian audience. However, since her artistic language is original and perfected, she will certainly attract the public with her exhibition in Alkatraz Gallery. She does not conceal her interests under the veil of poetics, she prefers to articulate them clearly: she likes to arrange spaces that allow the presentation of situations representing transience of human moods and the multi-layeredness of memories. The spaces that she constructs are distinguished not only by their visual sensibility, but also by the strong presence of scent, sound and sensation which contribute to a more active perception of the exhibition.

It is interesting to observe how her artistic message is not shaped only by the imagination and an original multi-layered creativity, but also diligent work, always the result of the long process of the birth of an art piece. Her exhibitions require several months or even years of creation, the Residence Of The Void project took a year to complete – a tenacious work thus represents an important component of her artistic language.

The site-specific installation, exhibited in our gallery, will be composed of 72 canvases in the dimension of 60×60 cm, onto which a collage made from tea bags will be attached, and which, during the exhibition, scatter on the floor, thus changing the arrangement of the installation in the gallery.” –

You are kindly invited to the opening of the exhibition Residence Of The Void by Dajana Durić on 10 February, Friday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery.

On display: 10 February 2017 – 3 March 2017

Group exhibition The Man At The Border at Alkatraz Gallery   

“The inquiring about the concept of border seems to be a never-ending quest for identity and understanding of relations with the other. It should suffice to look at the art of the previous centuries where human being is placed on this side and interpreted as visible, definite, and mortal and still unsteady even in the most schematic perception. In renaissance he is someone who peeps behind the mystical curtain while trying to grasp essence of God, in romanticism on the other hand gazes in to distance, across the hazy horizon above the globe, and behind which expects unimaginably great power of Nature to reside. Modern age change perspective on time and everything seems to be absent and present at the same time. The future, the past and the present seem to influence each other by laws of physics, not mythical/mystical principles.

Selected artists from Slovenia and Austria are active in different fields of art and create in a various techniques. Specific to all is crossing borders or in some cases walking on the edge, which doesn’t occur in a formal way, this is today hardly possible, but in the sense of content. The artists constantly examine the known and walk a step further. They widen their own personal story through which, the culture that is common in a civilization is widen as well. And especially it is the examined the question how much can a human be human, before is dehumanised. Be it in body or spirit.

The exhibition The Man At The Border is conceived as an open, observant and pondering platform about borders that we are setting nowadays in a symbolic as well as physical sense and in this way reflects wider contemporary artistic and social phenomena. The artworks are addressing the issues of the quotidian; of artistic research and the system we are integrated in, modes and conditions of production as well as a wider social reality that the artists render by the means of various media and contents.

You are kindly invited to the opening of group exhibition The Man At The Border on 24 January, Tuesday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery. The exhibition will be opened by director of Austrian Cultural Forum, Mag. Marie-Thérèse Hermges.” –

Participating artists: Gino Alberti, Kati Bruder, Beli Sladoled, Ana Čigon, Karin Maria Pfeifer, Tomaž Furlan, Nika Oblak & Primož Novak and Sula Zimmerberger. Curated by: Vasja Nagy and Jadranka Plut.

The exhibition is a part of co-operation between Alkatraz Gallery and flat1 Gallery.
We would like to thank for the suport of Austrian Cultural Forum Ljubljana.

On display: 24 January 2017 – 3 February 2017

A Textile Perspective On Exploring Identity And Belonging   

“Textile art has regained the attention of artistic public in the past few years. Guerrilla knitting and production of authentic textile designers are present at numerous outdoor and indoor public spaces. Even though textile crafts are still understood as a domain where women traditionally prevail, a closer look into the past reveals quite a different story. Several textile professions such as carpet-making are mostly performed by men. Closer to glory and fortune we come across tailors and male fashion designers today. The presence of male textile artists in the contemporary art should thus not surprise us.

The conceptual outset of the exhibition of textile portraits of Jan Bejšovec and Anže Ermenc is based on their differences of experience and interests. The artists are of different nationality and age. On top of that, they have never met each other. At the time when Jan Bejšovec, from Berlin, first arrived in Ljubljana, Anže Ermenc was leaving Ljubljana for Manchester. Despite numerous differences they are related by their mutual interest in contemporary textile arts, so they have both accepted the invitation of the Alkatraz Gallery and joined their efforts in a way we had not expected.

The exhibition will be the scene of confrontation of different beliefs and views on textile arts, at the same time also a kind of a dialogue of the two artists of different experiences. The audience will hence have an opportunity to observe two very different styles of textile arts. While Ermenc employs his embroidery as a tool when dealing with uneasiness and the reflection of his own personal experiences with the aid of satire and in his wider (fashionable) scope questions social determination of the value and visibility of unfashionable and unpopular individuals, Bejšovec prefers to focus on portraying controversial personalities from the history and politics in hope to set up conflict situations in political, and not personal sense. The attempt of Bejšovec and Ermenc displays an unusual versatility of contemporary textile arts.” –

You are kindly invited to the opening of the The Other Self – A Textile Perspective On Exploring Identity And Belonging exhibition by Jan Bejšovec and Anže Ermenc on 29 November, Tuesday at 8 pm at Alkatraz Gallery.

On display: 29 November 2016 – 16 December 2016