7 February – 9 March 2019
artKIT, Glavni trg 14, Maribor
Opening: Thursday, 7 February 2019 at 7 pm
Additional Event: breakfast with the artist, Friday, 8 February 2019, at 10 pm
A solo exhibition by Vesna Bukovec, SCCA-Ljubljana’s webmaster and co-worker of DIVA Station.
Vesna Bukovec’s exhibition represents her critical response to the current socio-political situation which is marked by the hegemony of political populism and xenophobia, the emergence of new forms of fascism, the resurgence of nationalism and the rise of hate speech. Through her drawings, graphic and video works, the author reveals the intense escalation of power in the hands of repressive authorities as part of the process of militarization of the state apparatus, under the guise of assuring safety (exclusively, of course) in times of refugee crisis. On the other hand, she warns about the fact that empathy for the suffering and exploitation of others, both collectively and individually, is a short-lived phenomenon.
The exhibition title, I can’t be bothered with the end of the world, rounds up the selection of exhibited works with a hint of irony, and directly addresses the individual as an active co-creator of the social and political realities, who, however, falls into political apathy all too often. Namely, it is precisely these political and economic levers – which drive the structural processes of differentiation, discrimination and exploitation – that neutralize the individual at the same time. Consequently, as a society we are becoming increasingly indifferent to social inequalities, a general decerease of solidarity, and the degradation of humanist and democratic values.
excerpt from the text by Živa Kleindienst
Vesna Bukovec (1977, Ljubljana) obtained a BA and MFA in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana. She works both independently and as part of the artistic collective KOLEKTIVA (with Metka Zupanič and Lada Cerar). Vesna works in a variety of media (drawing, video, photography, installation) using a range of methods and approaches (research, appropriation, participation, etc.). Her works have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions home and abroad.
The exhibition was originally presented in March 2018 at the Simulaker Gallery in Novo mesto, Slovenia (exhibition curator: Anja Zver).