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P74 Gallery

Hills and Valleys and Mineral Resources

Tadej Pogačar & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Tuesday, 4 November 2014 at 8 pm
4 November 2014 – 18 January 2015

The exhibition Hills and Valleys and Mineral Resources is the first comprehensive overview of the artistic activity of Tadej Pogačar and The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Arts. The exhibition comprises a selection of most important projects created in the last few decades which have significantly marked contemporary artistic production. The exhibition will present texts, objects, artefacts, documents, installations and video works from the second half of the 1970s (the series called No Events Actions) to the public projects and actions of the 1990s – among them, the pioneer project “Kings of the Street” (1994–1995), which first set out a collaboration with the social minority of Ljubljana’s homeless people, and the long term collaborative project CODE:RED (1999/2000–present), which researches models of self-organising among marginalised urban minorities, parallel economic practices, etc.

Tadej Pogačar examines indeterminacy and transformation within social systems. He engages in interventionist logic, institutional critique and critical research on social and political issues as well as participatory and collaborative projects.

P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Arts is a virtual institution, established in 1993. It has taken a number of forms and roles: from organising activist events, designing collaborative platforms, intervening into the urban structure of cities, to holding street actions, making interventions in museum collections and archives, designing new educational games, documenting parallel economic models and constructing unplanned architecture. The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum has evolved its own operational strategy: “New Parasitism” and, since 1993, has published the Journal for Anthropology and New Parasitism.

Tadej Pogačar is also the founder and managing director of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute (established in 1998), a non-profit cultural institution that operates the P74 Gallery and the KAPSULA artist book bookshop/project space. The P74 Gallery is the leading independent space for contemporary art in Ljubljana. Its mission is to foster the exchange and promote innovative and challenging models in contemporary art and culture both locally and internationally. In the last fifteen years its programmes have focused on the support, presentation, study and promotion of contemporary visual art, performance, time-based art, and publishing. Since its founding, P74 has organised numerous discursive research projects and workshops, which serve as the basis of its programme. These include Art in the Public Space, Parallel Economies, Public Phenomena, Ready to Change, Local Cartographies, Reality Log / Environmental Scan and The Renaming Machine.

Pogačar has exhibited widely, most recently at the Visor Gallery, Valencia (2014); Gallery for Contemporary Art in Leipzig (2012), the ZKM – Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe (2011–2012), the Vojvodina Museum of Contemporary Art in Novi Sad (2011), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova in Ljubljana (2011), as well as at biennials in São Paulo, Venice, Istanbul, Prague and Tirana and at Manifesta 1 in Rotterdam. He has also had exhibitions at the MUMOK in Vienna (2009), the San Francisco Art Institute (2007), the NGBK in Berlin (2007), the Stedelijk Museum (2004), the Central House of Artists in Moscow and the Museo de Arte Carillo Gil in Mexico City.

He is the recipient of many awards, grants and residencies, including the György Kepes research fellow at ACT at MIT (2012), the Jakopič Prize, Slovenia’s main national award for visual art (2009), the Shrinking Cities grant (Leipzig, 2004), the Franklin Furnace Grant for Performance Art (New York, 2001), the AIR_port residential programme Forum Stadtpark in Graz (2003) and an Austrian Cultural Forum residency in London (2003).

This retrospective was organised by the Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana in collaboration with P74 Center and Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Arts Zagreb. The curator of the exhibition is Igor Španjol. Accompanying the exhibition, an extensive exhibition catalogue will be published, edited by Igor Španjol, providing in-depth documentation of the last 25 years of Tadej Pogačar’s artistic activity. It includes essays by Cristina Freire, Suzana Milevska, Miško Šuvaković, Vladimir Vidmar and Igor Zabel. Project was kindly supported by Erste Foundation.

A modified version of the exhibition will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (December 1  2015 – February 1 2016).