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P74 Gallery

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

20 September – 4 November 2018
City Art Gallery of Ljubljana, Mestni trg 5

Curated by: Alenka Gregorič

We are pleased to announce the opening of the retrospective exhibition of the project CODE:RED by Tadej Pogačar and P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art on  20 September 2018 at 8pm at the City Art Gallery of Ljubljana. The exhibition will be open until 4 November 2018.

The exhibition at the City Art Gallery of Ljubljana is the first comprehensive presentation of the CODE:RED. For the first time, the project’s archive and documentation will be on view along with new installations, photography, objects and video works.

CODE:RED (1999–today) is one of the most internationally resounding projects of Tadej Pogačar which connects political art, activism and participatory forms of practice. It draws its content from the models of public art of the late 1960s and 1970s and from the new public arts of the 1990s. It has developed over the last two decades in cooperation with non-governmental organizations, professionals, activists, groups and communities of sex workers from around the world who are fighting for their rights. This cooperation took place in partnership relations and in an openly communicated solidarity. Throughout the years, various issues have been exposed through the projectthe self-organization of urban minorities, informal economy, global sex work and human trafficking.

Conceived in 1999, the project CODE:RED saw its first international presentationA in the frame of the national presentation of Slovenia at the 49th Venice Art Biennale (2001). In cooperation with the non-government organization Comitato dei Diritti Civili delle Prostitute from Pordenone, the first International Congress of Sex Workers and New Parasitism took place in Giardini, in which many organizations that are fighting for the rights of sex workers from Asia, America and Europe participated. The next edition of the project was CODE:RED USA (2002), hosted more than 20 organizations and individuals from New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington and Toronto at the Ultimate Sex Worker Conspiracy Soirée: Conference and Party in New York. It included performances, readings, presentations of male and female sexual workers and transsexuals as well as their advocates. The later editions of the project were prepared in partnership with local organizations in Zagreb, Tirana, Bangkok, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Skopje. It was dedicated to the fight for basic human rights of minorities, political operations, the right to the use of public space, securing better working conditions, alternative forms of education, etc. After the Venice Art Biennale, CODE:RED also participated in the 2nd Prague Biennale (2005), the 3rd Tirana International Art Biannual (2005) and on the 27th São Paulo Art Biennial (2006) and on the 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007). Along with these exhibitions, CODE:RED has participated in 55 international exhibitiona throughout Europe, North America and South America..

In 2011, the book CODE:RED was published, which successful gathers the research project, artistic creativity and theoretical analyses from the fields of gender studies, feminism and economy. Its theoretical contributions and testimonies were contributed Pia Covre (Comitato dei Diritti Civili delle Prostitute, Pordenone), Mamen Briz (Colectivo Hetaira, Madrid), Gabriela Silva Leite (Davida, Rio de Janeiro), Ana Lopes (International Union of Sex Workers), Maria do Mar Castro Varela, Nikita Dhawan, Suzana Milevska, Mojca Pajnik, Melissa Ditmore.

The main organizer of the exhibition is the City Art Gallery of Ljubljana, the project partner is the P74 Gallery from Ljubljana. In conjunction with the exhibition, a catalog with texts by Silvia Federici, Suzana Milevska and Alenka Gregorič will also be published in Slovenian and English languages. The curator of the exhibition and the editor of the catalog is Alenka Gregorič.