MIG 21, Migratory Interdisciplinary Grid, international art exhibition
Focusing on the topic of migrations, opened on 7 October 2016 at 7 p. m. at KIBLA PORTAL on Valvasorjeva Street 40 in Maribor.
In the abundance of various isms, we have totally disregarded the only one that truly pushes us forward as a civilization. Humanism as a political program, a surrogate and substitution to capitalism, never really got its chance in history. Indeed, we have successfully cellophaned the humanist note into various, including modern, forms of art, where we are, indeed, still holding on to it firmly for the time being, under the guise of preserving the idea of humaneness. Yet the consideration triggered by MIG 21 is interesting precisely because it proposes an entirely humanist response to a clearly political question.
MIG 21 interconnects artistic visions and humanist values with various visual, sonic, and interdisciplinary media, which is a novelty in Slovenia. The exhibition will showcase works from the fields of painting, sculpting, photography, video, fine arts, intermedia installations, bio art, and science & art research works. The artworks represent a selection of paradigms that have marked the realm of contemporary art for the last 30 years, with a special emphasis on thematic and interdisciplinary connections between the visual and the contemplative-technological-innovative.
Over 50 national and foreign artists are presenting their works on the topic of migrations between 7 October and 30 November 2016 at Kibla Portal, an old industrial factory hall, which was transformed into an exhibition venue:
Oleg Kulik, Zbigniew Libera, AES+F, Herlinde Koelbl, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Mladen Stilinović, Raša Todosijević, Žarko Bašeski, Mirsad Begić, Jakov Brdar, Robertina Šebjanič, Špela Petrič, Jane Tingley, Michal Seta, Ale de la Puente, Ivan Marušić Klif, So Kanno, Adam Donovan, Bureau d’Etudes, Stanoje Čebić, Ulrich Wüst, Jan Macko, Jusuf Hadžifejzović, Stojan Kerbler, Srdjan Živulović, Tina Dobrajc, Jana Božič, Matej Čepin, Aphra Tesla, Uroš Weinberger, Marko Jakše, Ksenija Čerče, Zora Stančič, Metod Frlic, Monika Pocrnjić, Matjaž Požlep, Alenka Pirman, Vuk Ćosić, Irena Woelle, Nika Oblak, Primož Novak, Aleksij Kobal, Matjaž Lenhart, Jože Slaček and others; from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, France, Germany, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Japan, USA, Mexico, Canada and Australia.
The accompanying program offers live performances, artist talks, thematic lectures, workshops, presentations, and round table discussions, adding up to over 50 events in under two months of continuous happening.
The event is held under the honorary patronage of the president of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor.
The exhibition MIG 21 is the first in a series of large-scale international events of the four-year project Risk Change (2016–2020), co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. The project is also supported by the Municipality of Maribor and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.