The Print Portfolio of Artists of the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts

7. 6.-29. 9. 2019

International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), MGLC Švicarija, ISIS Gallery

The Print Portfolio of Artists of the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts; Marlie Mul, Comfy? (2019), 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, 2019.

Photo: Jaka Babnik. MGLC Archive.

Though lauded for their powers of intellectual and critical legitimisation, many of the most esteemed biennials have also had an explicit, if less acknowledged, programme of commercial activity. At nearby Venice, until 1968, for example, the public could purchase works by artists exhibiting in the Biennale. The Print Portfolio engages the heritage of the Ljubljana Biennial as a site of production as much as one for exhibition. Participating artists were invited to spend time at the Švicarija residency – in an effort to slow down the acceleration of engagements which make up contemporary artists’ punishing schedules – and work with the extensive print facilities and expertise of the International Centre of Graphic Arts. As a result, each artist has contributed a print edition to the portfolio.

Artists: Giorgi Xaniashvili, Martina Vacheva, Marlie Mul, Nicole Wermers, Endre Tot, Cevdet Erek.

Curators: Slavs and Tatars.