The 35th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts
From the void came gifts of the cosmos
15 September 2023 – 14 January 2024
Across multiple sites, Artistic Director Ibrahim Mahama and his curatorial collaborators: Exit Frame Collective, Alicia Knock, Selom Koffi Kudjie, Inga Lāce, Beya Othmani and Patrick Nii Okanta, have invited artists and collectives from Africa, Europe and beyond, working in print, film, installation, and performance, to present new and site-specific commissions alongside existing works.
Celebrating contemporary art and printmaking as a tool used to foster transcultural alliances, From the void came gifts of the cosmos explores the ecosystem of friendships, solidarities, and unearthed histories of resistance between post-independence Ghana and the former Yugoslavia. Harnessing connections between contemporary art and printmaking within fields such as architecture, design, agriculture, botany and medicine, the biennale reflects on the dissemination of broader visual culture to form spaces of potentiality, portals between localities that transcended borders.
Curated by Exit Frame Collective, the biennale’s public programme Agyina: Advisory of Sages will constitute an assembly of educational, relational and ephemeral situations such as film screenings, symposia, bodily performances (theatre, dance, etc), musical concerts, exhibition tours, workshops (practical and discursive), unannounced exhibitions in the public spaces of Ljubljana, and more.
Participants of the 35th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts
Anita Afonu, Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, Yasmina Benabderrahmane, Assadour Bezdikian, Max Cegielski and Janek Simon, Virginia Chihota, Galle Winston Kofi Dawson, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Nabil Djedouani, DNLM (Danilo Milovanović), Jihan El Tahri, El Warcha in dialogue with PLAC (Participatory Ljubljana Autonomus Zone), Beti Frim and Ines Sekač, Helga Griffiths, Christian Guerematchi, Eric Gyamfi, Sonia Kacem, Mohammad Omar Khalil in dialogue with Abed Al Kadiri, Soghra Khurasani, Krater Collective, Square Meter, Lalitha Lajmi, Malle Leis, Silvi Liiva, Kagiso Patrick Mautloa, Raul Meel, Amina Menia, Yussif Musah, Medhat Nasr Ali, Ilona Németh, noks collective, Nonument Group, NPR., Henry Obeng, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, Thierry Oussou, Krishna Reddy, Tjaša Rener, Martyna Rzepecka, Duba Sambolec, Jaanus Samma, School of Mutants (Hamedine Kane, Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro), Mori Sikora, Aldona Skirutyte, Sanaz Sohrabi, Tejswini Narayan Sonawane, Selasi Awusi Sosu, Sreda v sredo (SVS), Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson, Marje Üksine, Tõnis Vint, Ala Younis, Lara Žagar, Manca Žitnik.
Locations of the 35th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts
– MGLC Grad Tivoli, Pod turnom 3, Park Tivoli
– MGLC Švicarija, Pod turnom 4, Park Tivoli
– Cukrarna, Poljanski nasip 40
– Krater Creative Laboratory, Bežigrad district crater construction pit, entry from Peričeva ulica
– PLAC – Participatory Ljubljana Autonomous Zone, Linhartova cesta 43
– SVS Studio, Stefanova 12
The exhibition by the Grand prize recipient of the 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts
Transformella: Cinis’ Forking [184.108.40.206.1] – Die Schützlinginnen And Neverlife in Symbolic Terrain
RAVNIKAR Gallery Space, Vošnjakova ulica 4