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Amanda Ross-Ho, Untitled Crisis Actor (HURTS WORST Worst Pain Imaginable), 2018. Photo Jack Wrigley.
Amanda Ross-Ho, Untitled Crisis Actor (HURTS WORST Worst Pain Imaginable), 2018. Photo Jack Wrigley.

Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts Releases Artist List for Thirty-Third Edition

The Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts has named the artists participating in its thirty-third edition. Titled “Crack Up – Crack Down,” the exhibition will be curated by the collective Slavs and Tatars and will focus on the genre of satire. Featuring works by historical and contemporary international artists, as well as interventions by activists and performances by stand-up comedians, the biennial will be held from June 7 to September 29, 2019.

Slavs and Tatars’ curatorial concept will address the many forms of satire, which can be viewed as a popular philosophy, a biting critique, and a conservative genre. It will also look at the growth of satirical periodicals in the early twentieth century as well as the emergence of the meme and the protest poster.

“With the rise of populism across the globe (not to mention reductive and revanchist forms of identity politics), there has been vigorous debate over who constitutes ‘the people,’” Slavs and Tatars said in a statement. “For more than a millennium, satire has been a particularly contested genre to explore such questions, via varying degrees of serious invective or jocular teasing. Is each joke, as George Orwell maintained, a tiny revolution? Or does laughter deflate the pressures and tension which could otherwise lead to political upheaval?”

Taking place at nine venues across the city, including at the International Centre of Graphic Arts and the National Gallery of Slovenia, the biennial will feature work by a selection of artists from regional territories such as Slovenia, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, and Bulgaria, as well as from China, Iran, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The full artist list is as follows:

Alenka Pirman with KULA
Amanda Ross-Ho
Anja Wutej
Anna Uddenberg
Arthur Fournier with Raphael Koenig
Augustin Maurs
Boštjan Gorenc (aka Pižama)
Cevdet Erek
Dozie Kanu
Ella Kruglyanskaya
Endre Tot
Ferdinand Kriwet
Flaka Haliti
Giorgi Xaniashvili
Hamja Ahsan
Hinko Smrekar
Honza Zamojski
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Lin May Saeed
Marlie Mul
Martina Vacheva
Martine Gutierrez
Nicole Wermers
Pablo Bronstein
Sachiko Kazama
Stane Jagodič
Tala Madani
Woody de Othello
Zhanna Kadyrova