Ljubljana
MGML
Exhibit A
Sanela Jahić, Mehanizem za ustvarjanje napetosti, 2013, knjigi, miza, pletenica, jeklena konstrukcija, silomer, motor, zategovalni sistem, 95 x 62 x 98 cm © Janez Pelko

City Art Gallery of Ljubljana

Mestni trg 5
1000 Ljubljana


T +386 1 24 11 770
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Information and reservations:
T 01 24 12 500
T 01 24 12 506
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Tuesday–Sunday: 11:00–19:00
Monday: Closed
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 11:00–14:00

Free entry.

International group exhibition

Exhibit A

20. 6. 2019–8. 9. 2019

Nika Autor, Boris Beja, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Nemanja Cvijanović, Lana Čmajčanin, Minna Henriksson, Sanela Jahić, Nikita Kadan, Mark Požlep, Lala Raščić, Kamen Stoyanov, Sašo Sedlaček, Katarina Zdjelar

Exhibit A brings together fourteen internationally acclaimed artists whose response to the complex problems plaguing modern society consists in the use of forensic aesthetics and scientific tools of physics, sociology, anthropology, biology or cartography to investigate the world. From this perspective, their artworks can be thought of as clues, since they contain traces of past activities, whether in material form, such as fragmented or fossilised remains, or in the form of human testimonies.

The works in this exhibition encourage a sceptical approach to formal truth: they probe the protocols and knowledge policies underlying official versions of history, carefully examining archival materials, or gathering data through interviews. The artists see themselves as being at odds with institutional authority, especially the imbalance of power that exists in any confrontation between individuals or groups and either the state and its bureaucratic machinery, or with the power and capital of corporations. The artworks on display cast a light on social, political and economic machinations and reveal the coercion, control and violence that underpin the dominant regime. In so doing, Exhibit A addresses various manifestations of power and the ways this power can be abused in the name of order and progress. All the same, the artists do not set themselves up as moral authorities detecting and exposing offences and demanding justice; rather, they create their own forms of poetic justice, a justice that serves as a sometimes subtle, sometimes ironic critique of modernity.

Exploring different points of departure and reference, the artists seek commonalities between temporally unrelated yet interdependent events. These can take a variety of forms, be they the complex, often covert connections between capitalism and the legitimisation of the territorial conquest of non-European countries; or the connections between former colonial borders and the entire universe (the new limit to modernity’s genocidal impulses); or the technological and scientific advances that have reinforced the concept of “the Other”. The artists are less interested in the who, what, where, how, why and when of history, than they are in the cause-and-effect relationship between past and present.

Colophon

Production: Museum and Galleries of LjubljanaExhibition curator: Alenka TrebušakText: Alenka TrebušakArtists: Nika Autor, Boris Beja, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Nemanja Cvijanović, Lana Čmajčanin, Minna Henriksson, Sanela Jahić, Nikita Kadan, Mark Požlep, Lala Raščić, Kamen Stoyanov, Sašo Sedlaček, Katarina ZdjelarDesign: Ajdin BašićExhibition installation: Technical services of MGMLThe exhibition was made possible by: City of Ljubljana

City Art Gallery of Ljubljana

Mestni trg 5
1000 Ljubljana


T +386 1 24 11 770
E mestna.galerija@mgml.si

Information and reservations:
T 01 24 12 500
T 01 24 12 506
E prijava@mgml.si

Tuesday–Sunday: 11:00–19:00
Monday: Closed
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 11:00–14:00

Free entry.

Events

Thu
5
Sep 2019
Guided tour
5 p.m.
City Art Gallery of Ljubljana
Last guided tour of the "Exhibit A" exhibition
"Exhibit A" brings together fourteen internationally acclaimed artists. The works in this exhibition encourage a sceptical approach to formal truth: they probe the protocols and knowledge policies underlying official versions of history, carefully examining archival materials, or gathering data through interviews.
Thu
22
Aug 2019
Guided tour
8 p.m.
City Art Gallery of Ljubljana
Guided tour of the "Exhibit A" exhibition
"Exhibit A" addresses various manifestations of power and the ways this power can be abused in the name of order and progress. All the same, the artists do not set themselves up as moral authorities detecting and exposing offences and demanding justice; rather, they create their own forms of poetic justice, a justice that serves as a sometimes subtle, sometimes ironic critique of modernity.
Fri
21
Jun 2019
Doors Open Days, Talk
4 p.m.
City Art Gallery of Ljubljana
"Exhibit A": Informal meeting with the artists
You are cordially invited to attend the informal meeting with the artists on Friday, June 21, at 4 pm. Nemanja Cvijanović, Lana Čmajčanin, Minna Henriksson, Mark Požlep, Anca Benera, Arnold Estefan and others will be present at the event.
Thu
20
Jun 2019
Opening
5 p.m.
City Art Gallery of Ljubljana
Opening of the "Exhibit A" exhibition
"Exhibit A" brings together fourteen internationally acclaimed artists whose response to the complex problems plaguing modern society consists in the use of forensic aesthetics and scientific tools of physics, sociology, anthropology, biology or cartography to investigate the world.