international interdisciplinary exhibition

5. 10. – 29. 12. 2018
ACE KIBLA / KIBLA PORTAL, Valvasorjeva ulica 40, Maribor

Personal is this year’s title and theme of the international interdisciplinary art show, which is carried out as part of the four-year project Risk Change.

The opening ceremony will take place on Friday, 5 October 2018, in Maribor’s KIBLA PORTAL, and showcase over 100 art works by forty national and foreign artists.

Project Risk Change has been exploring the problem of contemporary migration through the perspective of art for three years. The exhibitions MIG 21 and Shelters of Babylon were concerned with two extreme aspects of migrations, action and inaction, movement and standstill. Personal takes a step beck: towards the artist, towards the person, and even further, towards the individual, who is an artist. Unlike the masses,
who make up in loudness for what they lack in criticism, artists are artists because they expose themselves; it is their name that is attached to the art product.

The precedent of art, that inner something, which drives art forward in spite of the repeated risk of being generally accepted or commonly rejected, has long since stopped being a question of unveiling the values
of the civilization circus.

Exhibition Personal does not return back to civilization, but turns away and looks ahead to a culture of action, creation and existence, that is, to the essence of life in the form of an inalienable right of everyone to live as a free and cultural being. It is only then that art can happen, in the esthetic, intellectual and social sense. The critical disclosure of general opinions that have been swept under the carpet, by means of socially engaged art, which always requires personification and, especially, an open attitude towards diversity, is a way of presenting general mindlessness, non-solidarity, intolerance and unculturedness – and the more it tugs on our conscience, the more susceptible we become to change in any direction.

Jozef Suchoža (SK), Nataša Prosenc Stearns (SI/US), Jože Slaček (SI), Jiři Kočica (SI), Jure Fingušt (SI), Janez Kardelj (SI), Maruša Šuštar (SI), Tadej Vaukman (SI), Maša Jazbec (SI) & Zoran Poznič (SI), Artists&Poor’s (SI), Radovan Kunić (HR), Boštjan Novak (SI), Dragica Čadež (SI), Anka Krašna (SI), Selma Selman (BA/US), Nikita Shalenny (UA), Miha Erjavec (SI), Nataša Berk (SI), Vlado Repnik (SI), Simon Macuh (SI), OR poiesis (SI), Martin Kohout (CZ/DE), Marija Ančić (BA), Meggy Rustamova (GE/BE), Betina Habjanič (SI), Lara Ritoša Roberts (HR/UK).

Attempts, Failures, Trials and Errors curated by Tincuta Heinzel and Hillevi Munthe:
Teresa Almeida (PT/UK/SE), Beam (NL), Shih Wei Chieh (TW), Kate Sicchio (US) & Camille Baker (CA/UK), Renata Gaui (BR/US), Maria Paulina Gutiérrez (CO), Shary Kock (NL), Aline Martinez Santos (BR/DE), Afroditi Psarra (EL/US), Annette Schmid & Veerle Pennock (DE/NL), Zoran Popovici (RO),
Natacha Roussel (FR/BE), Vitalii Shupliak (UA/PL), Giulia Tomasello (IT/UK), Pauline Vierne (FR/DE), ZEST Collective (RO), Ebru Kurbak (TR/AT), Mili John Tharakan (IN/UK), Rebecca Stewart (US/UK), Anna Biro (CA/RO), Tincuta Heinzel (RO/DE/UK).

Exhibition curators
Peter Tomaž Dobrila, Nina Jeza, Aleksandra Kostič, Tincuta Heinzel & Hillevi Munthe, Alena Vrbanová

Is man a cultural being? Is it only the “human”, that is, Homo sapiens sapiens, that is a cultural being? And Homo sapiens, the “thinking” man, is uncultured, or is he the “thinking man” at all? Science claims that man simply belongs to the great apes from the Hominidae family. At what point does man suspend what is merely necessary and open up to the possibility of a personal revelation? When does an individuum become an artist?


Performance:  Betina Habjanič: OTHER SPECIES

ACE KIBLA / KIBLA PORTAL, Valvasorjeva ulica 40, Maribor

In her performance DRUGA VRSTA (OTHER SPECIES), the artist, a committed activist and an ardent advocate of animal rights for all species, including breeding animals, which are intended to ensure the survival of only one – rational (sic!) – species, deals with the psychological phenomenon of the slaughterhouse syndrome: under extreme circumstances, humans are able to preventively block certain brain centers, in order to “develop” a drive to eliminate the other for the preservation of their own existence. Is this a genocide of the rational over the irrational?

Can an answer be found in a Kafkaesque metamorphosis of humans into animals, or better yet, in a sublimation of castrating animals at the expense of humans?   
The performance was the final in a series of events carried out as part of the international art exhibition Osebno / Personal.

“Shell shedding shell, only to become a placenta and litter the next shell, which shall itself come off like skin upon the birth of a new shell …   Perhaps there is nothing beyond shells, perhaps wrinkledness is all there is, and perhaps that is why birth stings so much.”
Tomaž Grušovnik

The exhibition is part 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. We are also supported by the
Municipality of Maribor and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.