The 27th Biennial of Graphic Arts
The Unbound Eyes of Anxiousness

Curators:

Lilijana Stepančič

Breda Škrjanec

Božidar Zrinski

Grand Prix:

Joonho Jeon

6. 9.–28. 10. 2007

Number of artists in the main exhibition: 51

Number of artists with new commissioned works: 21

Main exhibition venues:

International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), the catalogue of the 27th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana municipal bus service, billboards (Ljubljana), Mercator Center Celje, Mercator Center Maribor, Modna hiša (Ljubljana), Maximarket arcades (Ljubljana), poster sites (Ljubljana), Ribji trg (Ljubljana), websites www.jaka.org in www.india.si, private apartments (Ljubljana)

The 27th Biennial of Graphic Arts took the turning point in the history of art when the ease of technical reproduction made reproducibility a new quality in the artwork and transformed the very concept of art in essential ways, as its point of departure and theme for reflection. In doing so, it made reference to the theses of the renowned philosopher Walter Benjamin and his theoretical implications. The reproducibility of art changed the ways in which the notions of the copy and the original are understood. It influenced new meanings of authorship, the roles of the artist and the technician, the link between technology and art, and so on. Reproducibility led to multiple production, wider accessibility and the artwork’s ability to be simultaneously present in different situations and socio-political environments. Artists welcomed reproducibility as something that gives them new and diverse possibilities for expression and content. The exhibitions of reproducible art as part of the 27th Biennial of Graphic Arts presented a variety of art forms, from traditional printmaking to printed art, video, photography as well as computer and net art.

The main exhibition The Unbound Eyes of Anxiousness presented artists of different generations and stylistic definitions, whose work had marked art and society in the preceding years and decades (both in Slovenia and internationally). The title of the exhibition speaks of the pivotal moment in the creative process when the idea takes on a visible form; the creative restlessness in the artist’s head is unleashed, is torn from “chaos”, and becomes a visible piece of art.


Artists

  • Allora & Calzadilla (Jennifer Allora, Guillermo Calzadilla)
  • Paweł Althamer, Artur Żmijewski
  • Christiane Baumgartner
  • Beli sladoled (Miha Perne, Leon Zuodar)
  • Goran Bertok
  • Günter Brus
  • Papo Colo
  • Društvo za domače raziskave (Alenka Pirman, Inge Pangos, Jani Pirnat, Luka Frelih, Špela Kučan, Damijan Kracina)
  • Peter Fuss
  • Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
  • Peter Halley
  • Danilo Jejčič
  • Joonho Jeon
  • William Kentridge
  • Mikael Kihlman
  • Metka Krašovec
  • Miguel Luciano
  • Vladimir Makuc
  • Antonio Martorell
  • Živko I. Marušič
  • Omar Obdulio Peña Forty
  • Dan Perjovschi
  • Ivan Picelj
  • Dušan Pirih Hup
  • Arjan Pregl
  • Boštjan Pucelj
  • Marija Mojca Pungerčar
  • Raquel Quijano
  • Carlos Reyes
  • Arnaldo Roche
  • Carlos Ruiz Valarino
  • Kim Seung Yeong
  • Garvin Sierra
  • Nancy Spero
  • Zora Stančič
  • Anamarija Šmajdek
  • Andrej Štular
  • Rafael Trelles
  • Ben Vautier
  • Sašo Vrabič
  • Jaka Železnikar

International Jury

  • Jagoda Barczynska
  • Hedwig Fijen
  • Margarita Sveštarov Šimat

Other Exhibitions and Projects

Accompanying Programme

Publications

Biennial Organisation

Producer: International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC).
Co-producers: Alkatraz Gallery, Cankarjev dom, City Art Museum Ljubljana, Galerija Kapelica, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena, National Gallery of Slovenia, P74 Center and Gallery, Stripburger/Forum Ljubljana.
Director of MGLC: Lilijana Stepančič.
Curators: Lilijana Stepančič, Breda Škrjanec, Božidar Zrinski.
Corporate Design of the Biennial: Irene Hoffman Design.
Public Relations, Educational and Promotional Programs: Lili Šturm, Helena Podgorelec.