16 September - 29 October 2017
Opening with a guided tour on Saturday, 16 September at 5:00PM
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška
Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
Artists: Lana Čmajčanin, Stella Felder, Clemens Hutter, Arthur Magrot, Jure Markota
The idea of the residency is related to Slovenj Gradec’s title of UN Peace Messenger City, which was conferred on the city back in 1989, and is also connected with the exhibitions and various activities of the museum, which today is known as the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška. The museum was established in 1957, and throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s the museum hosted large international art exhibitions that put the institution on the national as well as international art map. These exhibitions worked to promote values such as peace, solidarity and understanding among nations.
Today we look back at these activities in terms of their historical context, and at Yugoslavia as part of the Non-Aligned Movement. This past remains important, and bears an important message – that art can raise awareness and bring to light certain topics, views and approaches – that constitute an integral part of the general, ongoing discourse.
Art Claims the Streets is the title of the artist residency taking place 11–16 September. Five artists from five different countries will conceptualize works for public space focusing on the geo-political and social processes connected to the subject of migration. The invited artists are asked to develop works around themes like humanity, peace, and war, and at the same time to raise the question of individual responsibility towards one’s fellow human beings.