The Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, which will be held in the Slovenian capital from June 7 to September 29, has named the artists participating in its 33rd edition. The show, titled “Crack Up – Crack Down,” is curated by the Berlin-based collective Slavs and Tatars, who are part of the line-up for this year’s Venice Biennale.
The biennial will focus on satire as a vehicle for political and social critique. Spanning nine venues in Ljubljana, the exhibition will include installations, new-media works, performances by stand-up comedians, and more.
The curators said in a statement, “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.’ 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.”
Some notable inclusions in the exhibition are Flaka Haliti’s series about avatars and stand-ins called “Is that you, Joe?,” sculptures by Anna Uddenberg, and a selection of new Woody de Othello works that explore ideas about access.
The artist list follows in full below.
Alenka Pirman with KULA
Arthur Fournier with Raphael Koenig
Boštjan Gorenc (aka Pižama)
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Lin May Saeed
Woody de Othello