[NetBehaviour] Systems and Patterns
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Systems and Patterns
The International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC),
28 September–18 November 2012
Curator: Nevenka Šivavec
Nazgol Ansarinia, Jananne Al-Ani, Taysir Batniji, Hala Elkoussy, Mounir
Abdulnasser Gharem, Mona Hatoum, Susan Hefuna, Rachid Koraïchi, Moataz Nasr,
Walid Siti, Hassan Sharif, Slavs and Tatars.
The exhibition Systems and Patterns presents contemporary art from the
It offers a selection of artists who come primarily from the context of
Islamic culture and
who put into question today’s global artistic universalism, which, while
it may take cultural
differences and national identities into account within the global art
system, at the same
time also neutralizes them. The exhibition overturns our inherited and
stereotypes about Islamic society and culture by giving us insight into
Arabic and Iranian cultures and presents artists who convey political
messages in restrained
and non-spectacular ways.
The exhibition connects present-day Middle Eastern art with research on
the history of the
Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana. As a museum that specializes in
the art of printing and
printmaking, the International Centre of Graphic Arts is also the
producer of the biennial.
Founded in 1955, at a time when the former Yugoslavia occupied a unique
the Ljubljana biennial quickly established itself as an event that, very
early on, transcended
the Eurocentric perspective by showing art production from the so-called
Third World, and
especially from the non-aligned countries – including artists from the
Middle East. From its
beginning and almost to the end of the 1990s, the biennial was committed
to the universalist
modernist paradigm. With the changes in the social and political
situation, this paradigm has
transformed itself into globalization and discursive art practices, but
the question of artistic
universalism remains pertinent even today.
The heterogeneous artworks presented in Systems and Patterns encompass a
of artistic languages, from contemporary documentarism to
traditionalism. The “systems” here
are both systems of representation and individual artistic systems. The
“patterns” are ornaments,
repetitive motifs, and basic visual elements, which form the building
blocks of seriality, repetition,
symmetry, and geometricism. Behind the repetition of decorative forms,
we find messages that
underscore the complexity of the current social and economic existence.
stereotypical gaze on the art of the Middle East, the exhibition
presents works that in their formal
visual elements consistently transcend the political narrative.
The exhibition is accompanied by a lively interdisciplinary programme
(for details, go
to http://www.mglc-lj.si) and a bilingual (Slovene and English)
catalogue with the essays by
the Nevenka Šivavec and Nat Muller.
For more information and images, contact Lili Šturm: lili.sturm at mglc-lj.si
Tel. + 386 (0)1 2413 818
International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC)
Pod turnom 3
Opening: Friday, 28 September 2012, at 7 pm.
Viewing hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am.–6 pm., closed on Mondays
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