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P74 Gallery

Book presentation: The Second Explosion: The 1990s

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 at 6 pm
P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, 1000 Ljubljana

You are cordially invited to join Božo Repe, Tadej Pogačar, Barbara Sterle Vurnik and Dejan Habicht in a public presentation of the bookThe Second Explosion – The 1990s at P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana on Wednesday, 11/1/2017 at 6 pm.

Druga eksplozija – 90. leta


The book The Second Explosion: The 1990s was released alongside the eponymous exhibition project which is currently on view at P74 Gallery, Gallery Škuc and the National Museum of Slovenia – Metelkova in Ljubljana as well as at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška (Koroško galerijo likovnih umetnosti Slovenj Gradec – KGLU) and the Carinthian Regional Museum in Slovenj Gradec. It is the first critical, selective overview of the key radical practices of contemporary arts of the 1990s that represent a certain continuation of artistic practices that interrupted the modern art of the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1990s we are referring to postconceptual practices, institutional critique, new politicization, activism, the social turn, new public arts, etc. The classic political themes were exchanged with new identity politics and social activism; universal understandings completely lost their validity.

The richly illustrated publication brings texts by Božo Repe, Polona Poberžnik, Nina Popič, Tadej Pogačar and monographic contributions about the oeuvres of the participating artists by Barbara Sterle Vurnik, Dejan Habicht, Tjaša Pogačar Podgornik and Vladimir Vidmar. The essay by Božo Repe “The Nineties. Between the Promises and the Facts” offers a thorough historical and political context of the 1990s. The author takes time with the key political events, from the collapse of Yugoslavia to Slovenian independence, from bold promises to unrealised announcements, which we regret today. Tadej Pogačar in “The Second Explosion: The Nineties. New Radical Practices” discusses the cultural, political and geopolitical context of culture in 1990s Slovenia. He tackles the cultural policies, venues and organizations, artistic practices and new radical practices that decisively marked the artistic production. In “Breakthrough. New Artistic Practices and Alternative Culture of the 90’s: Koroška” Polona Poberžnik and Nina Popič describe the artistic and music production on the periphery in the 1990s, focusing on the Mežica, Mislinja and Drava valleys.

Edited by Tadej Pogačar. Graphic design and layout by Ajdin Bašić. Print run 500 copies. Published by P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute with financial support from the ERSTE Foundation, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Department for Culture of the Municipality of Ljubljana.

Erste, MK, MOL

The program of P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Department for Culture of the Municipality of Ljubljana.
P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute is a member of Asociacije – Association of Arts and Culture NGOs and Freelancers.