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P74 Gallery

20 for 15

3 – 28 February 2012
P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1 , Ljubljana
Opening View: Friday, 3 February 2012 at 7 p.m.

Marjetica Potrč, Marija Mojca Pungerčar, Small but dangers, Dejan Habicht, Sašo Vrabič, Gorazd Krnc, Žiga Kariž, Marko Pogačnik, Lada Cerar, Tadej Pogačar, Uroš Potočnik, Tanja Lažetić, Vesna Bukovec, Miha Štrukelj, Metka Zupanič, Bojan Salaj, Polonca Lovšin, Tomaž Furlan, Matej Stupica

Uroš Potočnik, Suženj in lovec na glave

You are cordially invited to the 15th anniversary celebration of the P74 Center and Gallery and the opening of the exhibition 20 for 15 in our new space at Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, in Ljubljana’s Šiška District (in the Občina building), on Friday, 3 February 2012, at 7 p.m. The exhibition presents twenty Slovene artists and art groups, of various generations, whose innovative work has helped to shape the local art scene over the past decade and a half.

In addition to the opening, we are pleased to announce a new book publication, a panel discussion, and an accompanying programme of guided tours.

The programme for first week of the exhibition includes:

Fri., 3 Feb. 2012, 8 p.m.
The publication of the book Old Masters
Old Masters is published in conjunction with an exhibition project by Zdenka Badovinac, which originated as part of the project Hosting Moderna galerija! The exhibition presented a number of legendary visual artists from the greater region, including Geta Bratescu, Carla Accardi, Yona Friedman, Ivan Kožarić, Stojan Kerbler, and Tomislav Gotovac – most of whom were entering the eighth or ninth decade of their creative life.
KAPSULA, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, 1000 Ljubljana

Mon., 7 Feb. 2012, 6 p.m.
Tour of the exhibition 20 for 15
P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, 1000 Ljubljana

About the P74 Center and Gallery

The founding of the P74 Center and Gallery in Ljubljana fifteen years ago introduced a new model for art institutions and new methods for producing exhibitions; at the same time, it represented an important shift from the traditional “objective” exhibition model to more discursive ways of working. With its peripheral location – on the city margins, between the urban and the rural – P74 occupied a key strategic position.

In recent years, P74 has played a decisive role in establishing collaborations between artists, scholars, and scientists – which includes, and educates within, a culturally neglected environment. By combining a sensitive attitude toward the local community and local issues with, at the same time, intensive international connections, the P74 Center and Gallery devised a new model for an independent cultural institution, one that advocates a “glocal” approach and understanding of culture, the environment, and reciprocal relationships. It offered Ljubljana a new way to think about non-governmental cultural institutions and a new role for independent centres of contemporary art and culture in the new century.

P74’s very first project, For the Quality of Life (1997) – which featured the artists Marija Mojca Pungerčar, Alenka Pirman, Maja Licul, and Ana Marija Šmajdek and curator Tadej Pogačar – problematized its own institutional frame and the artist/curator relationship, while also demanding the public’s direct participation. (People entering the gallery had to complete a questionnaire, on the basis of which their personality type was determined – as in the tests in popular lifestyle magazines; depending on their type, they were they subjected to “colour therapy”, i.e. being immersed in coloured light. In addition, they took part in “reflexotherapy” and were given instructions for losing weight. The exhibited artefacts were displayed in well-conceived way that exposed their mutual relationships; several of them were based on an event, shared use, and critical questioning.)

In its first year, the programme of the P74 Center and Gallery focused on educational workshops based on openness and intergenerational collaboration. Slovene visual and intermedia artists of different generations – people who did not know each other – were brought together in shared creativity and learning. P74’s beginnings, then, were marked by programmes that offered systematic support to the youngest generation of artists, and it was here that several generations of visual and intermedia artists prepared their first, or very early, projects. They included Sašo Vrabič, Žiga Kariž, Gorazd Krnc, Miha Štrukelj, Arjan Pregel, Jaka Železnikar, Lada Cerar, Vesna Bukovec, Metka Zupanič, Nika Oblak, Tanja Lažetić, Dejan Habicht, Matej Stupica, Uroš Potočnik, and Matej Pečnikar, among others.

In 2006, the P74 Gallery, working with American partners, established the OHO Award (the award is part of a broader international network known as the Young Visual Artist Awards). This independent award, which is intended to support and promote young visual artists (up to the age of 35), is the central prize for young artists in Slovenia.

Over the years, many interdisciplinary discursive projects have been developed at the P74 Center and Gallery. They include “The Linden Tree of Šentvid” by Michael Ilg (1999), “The Taste of City” (1999, in collaboration with the Škuc Gallery), “Tongue:Jezik” by Peter Walsh and Deidre Hoguet (2003), “Local Issues” by Vesna Bukovec (2003), “Ready 2 Change” by Polonca Lovšin and Urška Jurman (2004), “Informal Economies” (2006), “Art as Research” (2007), “Public Phenomena” (2007) by Temporary Services, and “The Renaming Machine” by Suzana Milevska (2008–2010). These projects, at the intersection of different disciplines, dealt with such topics as the micro-local, centre/periphery, language and ideology, direct participation, self-organization, energy alternatives, informal economic models, and the transformation of the public space.

In its fifteen years, P74 has hosted more than 300 exhibition events, lectures, discussions, workshops, and concerts, with the participation of more than 700 artists, curators, speakers, and experts.

P74 has introduced Ljubljana to such important international artists as Hito Steyerl (Berlin), Pablo Helguerra (New York and Mexico City), Michael Ilg (Berlin), Temporary Services (Chicago), Peter Walsh (New York), Jenny Perlin (New York), Paula Roush (London), Yona Friedman (Paris), Carla Accardi (Rome), and Geta Bratescu (Bucharest).

Also, some of the most important artists from Central and South-eastern Europe had their solo shows in Ljubljana at P74: Sanja Iveković, Goran Trbuljak, Dalibor Martinis, Grupa 143, and Dan and Lia Perjovschi, among others.

Many significant curators, both Slovene and international, have been involved in organizing and preparing P74’s programmes: Katia Angelova, Sarah Carrington, Sophie Hope, Christian Kravagna, Julia Schaeffer, Branka Stipančić, Darko Šimišić, Suzana Milevska, Jotte Jull Petersen, Miško Šuvaković, Zdenka Badovinac, Urška Jurman, Dunja Kukovec, Bojana Piškur, Igor Španjol, Barbara Sterle Vurnik, Igor Zabel, and others.

In recent years, the P74 Center and Gallery has played a central role in promoting the medium of the artist book. In 2003, the Artist Book Collection of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute was created (today comprising around 400 individual works by Slovene and foreign artists), and in 2007, the first Artist Book Seminar was held; this is an educational programme that includes talks, workshops, and exhibitions. P74 has also successfully promoted artist books by local authors at many exhibitions and art book fairs in Paris, Brussels, London, Berlin, and New York.

Along with visual and intermedia art, the P74 Center and Gallery also organizes a successful programme of experimental music. In 2003, it launched Sound Explicit, a series of concerts and other events devoted to innovative and experimental music, which to date has presented dozens of musical artists and creators.

In 2006, the P74 Center and Gallery received the Golden Nest Award for its successful, innovative, and insightful work in the field of contemporary art.

The programme of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Ljubljana.

The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute
P74 Center and Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, 1000 Ljubljana
m: +386 (0)40 370 199

Gallery hours:
Monday– Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., 4 p.m.–8 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday