South-Eastern Europe has long held the belief that the history of colonialism has had no impact on its lands although even a minor shift in the perspective can produce numerous examples to the contrary. Consequently, race as the dominant term for the analysis of relations between the colonising and the colonised societies is not considered to be a relevant perspective to analyse the territories that Slovenia historically constituted.
The South in Us exhibition in three parts as well as other festival events look at artworks and/as ideas that consider the historical and contemporary embeddedness of Slovenia and its neighbouring countries in the global history in which, on the one hand, South-Eastern European lands and their people have been racialised as the European Other while, on the other, coloniality left a strong trace in the views on racial hierarchies there as much as anywhere else. The artistic research included in the group exhibition on three locations and the two opening performances look at the othering of the semi-periphery by the centre and the othering of other Others by the semi-periphery.
Curated by Iva Kovač.
17.00, Alkatraz Gallery
The South in Us: Constructing and Performing Ideology exhibition opening with the performative lecture From Elite Occultists to Anti-revolutionaries and the NSDAP by Minna Henriksson
Exhibiting artists: Jasmina Cibic, Minna Henriksson, Tanja Lažetić and Daniela Ortiz. On view until 28 October.
18.30, Mala galerija
The South in Us: NAM exhibition opening
Exhibiting artists: Doplgenger, Ana Hoffner ex-Prvulovic*, Naeem Mohaiemen in collaboration with Uroš Pajović and Selma Selman. On view until 3 November.
19.30, City Art Gallery Ljubljana
Performance-installation An Indian in a Box by George Chakravarthi (on view from 18.00 to 21.00)
20.00, Škuc Gallery
Festival opening with Dr Asta Vrečko, the Minister of Culture, and The South in Us: Othering (in) The Semi-periphery exhibition opening
Exhibiting artists: Lina Akif, Nika Autor, selma banich and Marijana Hameršak in collaboration with the Women to Women collective, Lana Čmajčanin, Anna Dasović, Ferenc Gróf, Šejla Kamerić, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński and Selma Selman. On view until 3 November.
The curator’s guided tours of The South in Us exhibition (free admission):
9. 10.: 16.00, Škuc Gallery; 17.00, Mala galerija; 18.00, Alkatraz Gallery – in English
14. 10.: 18.30, Škuc Gallery – in English
20. 10.: 16.00, Škuc Gallery; 17.00, Mala galerija; 18.00, Alkatraz Gallery – in Slovenian
On the opening day, it will be possible to travel between galleries with Kavalir (for a limited number of people), , with the following timetable:
18.00, meeting point in front of Kavarna SEM (heading to Mala galerija)
19.00, meeting point in front of Mala galerija (heading to City Art Gallery Ljubljana)
19.45, meeting point in front of the City Art Gallery Ljubljana (heading to Škuc Gallery)