21., 22. and 23. 12. 2021 at Gallery DobraVaga
Ana Likar │ Open studio
studio exhibition

You are invited to the open days of the already Open Studio. Artist Ana Likar is finishing her residency and invites you to visit. You can peek into the studio from 21 to 23 December, between 9 am and 6 pm.

7. 12. 2021 at 5 PM / online
Zine Reading Room Workshop: Zin as a Collection
online workshop

Join us for an online zine workshop, which we are preparing as part of the third exhibition of our reading room zines. The exhibition is focusing on zines that act as collections or collection points of various things. The zines from our collection that we focused on this time and on the basis of which we are preparing the workshop revolve around collecting – from collecting old recipes, photos of birthday maypoles, social network posts, to recording short stories, captured moments or ideas. Such zines reflect the interests of the authors and serve as documentation.

The zine workshop, designed for anyone who would like to spend a creative afternoon with us and make zines from home, will take place on Zoom. You will first learn how to make a mini zine from an A3 or A4 sheet, and then you will use the drawing technique to create your own collection-zine. The workshop will be led by visual artist Ema Kobal, a member of the DobraVaga team and the curator of the ZINE VITRINE exhibitions.

To participate you will need:
– your favourite writing and drawing tools
– sketching paper
– one or more sheets of paper, size A4 or A3, any colour or hardness
– scissors or cutter

Advance registration required at ema.kobal@dobravaga.si.

3. 12. 2021, from 18.00 to 21.00 and 4. 12. 2021, from 9.00 to 18.00 / DobraVaga
POP-UP PODMLADEK: Saint Nick’s Fair
The Podmladek collective invites you to join them in celebrating the arrival of the first of winter’s gift-bearers – Saint Nicholas. The pop-up exhibition on Friday and Saturday will feature their latest production, a sale of their older works, and even lottery tickets for those who wish to boldly test their festive luck. Welcome!
The gallery will be open from 6 until 9 pm on December 3rd and from 9 am until 6 pm on December 4th.

25. 11. 2021 at 19.00 / DobraVaga
conversation at zine launch

The TransAkcija Institute and DobraVaga invite you to an event on the occasion of the publication of the Non-binary Zine. At TransAction, we co-created the Non-binary Zine with many non-binary persons. As such, the zine represents a collaborative, community product and thus the first such publication on non-binary topics in Slovenia. The purpose of the zine is to present and reflect on the experience of non-binarity and all topics related to the life of non-binary persons through the work of non-binary persons themselves. Non-binary Zine is thus an attempt to think about the topic of gender non-binarity or about persons with nonbinary gender identities in the cisheteropatriarchal world and beyond.

In doing so, we will also be interested in zines as a medium used by marginalized communities, in this case, the queer community for creating their own stories, visibility, and reclaiming. Zines as a space where we create important content for ourselves, a space that is not given to us until we take it for ourselves.

At the event, we will first present the Non-binary Zine and talk about zines as a medium. Afterwards, we wish to open up the space to reflections by all participants and, of course, all those who contributed to the zine. Evan Grm, program manager at the TransAkcija Institute, Nuka Horvat, who designed and edited the zine, and Tea Hvala, zine author, writer, and art critic, will take part in the discussion. The zine will be available online and, for the first time, in physical form at the event. After the event, it will also be available free of charge at the DobraVaga Gallery.

The event will take place as part of TransFormations VI: Transgender Awareness Month, organized by the TransAkcija Institute for the sixth year in a row. The central theme this year is communities; their development, construction, questioning, and strengthening. We are certain that the presentation of the Non-binary Zine has special value in forming and solidifying community ties.

Nuka Horvat graduated in June 2021 from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, majoring in Illustration. He works with paintings and graphics and makes comics, zines, and illustrations. Thematically, he likes to combine art and (trans) activism. Since 2018, he has been part of the TransAkcija team, where he participates as a volunteer.

The TransAkcija Institute is the first and (so far) the only trans-specific organization in Slovenia. It is composed of trans persons who are working with trans persons and for trans persons. We work towards providing support, information, empowerment, and allyship to transgender people in Slovenia, and our key mission is to advocate for the human rights and freedoms of transgender and gender non-normative persons. We contribute to the visibility of transgender persons and topics in public social spaces and advocate for the emergence of a discourse on gender, gender identities, and gender expressions in the Slovenian public.

POP-UP Emil Kozole: Triglav Archive, presentation and book launch party
Emil Kozole founded the Triglav Archive by happenstance four years ago, by collecting references for the cover of the album Troglav by the trio Matter. Since then, with the help of friends, he has been collecting and documenting all Slovenian signs with the Triglav motif. His fascination with this peak is not his alone. So far, he has collected more than 400 signs, created as a visual representation of everything from sports federations and activist movements to inns, ice cream ingredients and even satellites.

The limited edition book collects and reproduces 300 of the signs with the motif of our highest mountain. With the help of origin stories, contributions by guest writers (Denis Adanalić, Nejc Prah) and selected sections of referential expert texts (from Dr. Mitja Velikonja to Murat & Jose), it reflects on how Slovenians have adopted Triglav as our own, what it means to us today, and how some mountain has become a convenient marker of everything at least approximately Slovenian.

You can find more about the book at http://arhivtriglav.si/

Initially planned launch party is cancelled due to restrictions.

Sunday, 31 October 2021 at 18.00 @ DobraVaga
Hallowzeen: Hell 666
zine workshop

You’re invited to the traditional Halloween gloomy group zine workshop, this year led by illustrator Maja Poljanc.
The starting point for this year’s workshop will be demons, monsters, witches, freaks and other sinners who live at Hell 666. According to findings and calculations from the 16th century, when their number was calculated based on the biblical number of the beast, hell is home to the 66 princes of hell, commanding a legion of 6,660,000 demons. During the workshop, you’ll increase their number a bit more, as you’ll make new infernal creatures in the manipulated technique, using visual fragments taken mainly from wooden and copper engravings from the 19th century. In addition, the workshop will demonstrate the use of the old medieval technique of gluing silver (as we are located in hell, they cannot be golden) leaf with garlic glue that you will make yourself.

Each participant will contribute a page or spread to the final zine, which will be photocopied for all workshop participants. It will be printed on black paper with black ink, vertical cropped A5 format.

The number of workshop participants is limited. Mandatory prior registration at: urska.aplinc@dobravaga.si.

Mentor: Maja Poljanc

Maja Poljanc (1989) has a master’s degree in Visual Communications and is an illustrator. She completed her studies at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design (ALUO) in 2018, where she received the ALUO Prešeren Award for her master’s thesis The First Encyclopedia of Slovenian Mythological Creatures: Encyclopedia Mythologica Slovenica. In 2019, at the 13th Biennial of Slovenian Illustration, she received a special commendation from the jury for the original execution of the book. Her illustrations are regularly included in a variety of printed and digital editions, and she also features them in exhibitions.

Organisation: Kino Šiška/DobraVaga
Free entry.

Saturday, 21 August 2021, 13.00–16:00 @ DobraVaga
A City Needs a Map

As part of the 5th anniversary of the DobraVaga Gallery, we’re taking a look at our surroundings and reflecting on the city and the relations between neighbours. We’re inviting you to a mapping workshop, led by visual artist Nika Rupnik. Participants will take a walk around Ljubljana’s urban landscape, exploring it by visually documenting their own impressions and reflecting on how our movements and settlement habits have been changed by the epidemic. With the help of graphic techniques and group work, participants will be able to re-experience the city as the intertwining of architecture and the lived experiences of its inhabitants. In the end, the mapping results will be combined into a map of subjectively experienced public space.

Mentor: Nika Rupnik

Nika Rupnik (1991) is a trained painter and self-employed cultural worker. She primarily finds inspiration in the urban environment, which she reflects on through drawings, paintings, photography and graphic arts. As a visual artist, she is active on the local gallery scene, as well as in the field of cultural and artistic education. She has participated in projects by Sezam and Kinodvor, and was a permanent external collaborator of the International Centre of Graphic Arts, where she led and implemented a pedagogical program for children and adults and demonstrations of graphic techniques. She is also active as an illustrator.

The workshop is free and aimed at 15-year-olds and up. The number of participants is limited. Apply in advance at: urska.aplinc@dobravaga.si.

Friday, 8 October 2021, 16.00–19.00 @ DobraVaga
zine workshop

Join Colorama and Aisha Franz for a zine workshop! We will draw and fold mini zines together, and talk about comics, illustrations, Riso printing, where we can find the most beautiful hill around Ljubljana, and where you can have the best Chinese food in Berlin.
We will bring posters by several Clubhouse artists. Inspired by their illustrations, you will work on an 8-pages-long mini story that will be drawn directly onto the backside of the poster and folded into a zine.

The number of participants is limited. Prior registration is required.
Registration and information: Urška Aplinc, urska.aplinc@dobravaga.si

More about the festival program: www.tinta.si

Saturday, 18 August 2021, 11.00–13.00, DobraVaga
ZINEtification Card
zine workshop during the Bobri Festiva

At the workshop, we will think about how we can use artistic means to say who we are. We will get acquainted with zines – booklets whose authors often use them to express their identity and beliefs. From a wide variety of visual materials, from magazines to waste materials and textiles, we will each assemble our own identity card in a simple collage technique, with which we will tell our story. The cards will eventually be compiled into an art zine and each participant will receive a copy. The workshop will be led by artist Lea Culetto.

The workshop is intended for children over 6 years of age. Prior registration is required.

Registration and information: Urška Aplinc, urska.aplinc@dobravaga.si

Lea Culetto (1995) uses embroidery, assemblage and other techniques to create objects and installations that, through the prism of fashion and the body, challenge notions of femininity and feminism. She has presented her work at several group exhibitions and festivals in Slovenia and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (ALUO) award for special achievements. In September 2019, she completed her master’s degree in painting at ALUO.

Saturday, 28 August 2021, 13.00–16.00, DobraVaga
Re:ciklarnica: Notepads wih Japanese Binding
At the workshop, we’ll learn how to make unique notepads and diaries with the Japanese bookbinding technique. We’ll use old notebook pages, envelopes, posters and maps, leaving enough room for your drawings, notes and ideas.
Japanese bookbinding will also be interesting for all zine-makers, as you’ll be able to learn a new way to bind your zines.

The workshop will be led by Petra Gosenca and Katarina Zalar of the GUMB Association.

The workshop is free and aimed at 15-year-olds and up. The number of participants is limited. Apply in advance at: urska.aplinc@dobravaga.si.

28. 5. 2021, at 18.00 / DobraVaga
NEIGHBOURS. The Urban Adventures of Friends and Diplomats
until 28. 5. 2021

At the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the DobraVaga Gallery, we’re taking a look around our surroundings. Neighbours. The Urban Adventures of Friends and Diplomats is the title of the main group exhibition, topically encompassing a group zine exhibition, Artist per Month solo exhibition and accompanying events as well. Over three days, we’ll take a look at our role in co-creating the urban pulse of the city, providing possible answers to the question of what it means to be a neighbour with the help of participating artists. We don’t understand neighbourly relations just in the literal sense. Rather, we view our fellow citizens, the diverse urban actors who bring the city to life and whom we still miss when we stay at home, as neighbours. It was while having to stay at home that some of us began to get to know our neighbours and experience coexistence in a completely different way.

28. 5. 2021, at 18.00 / DobraVaga
Community <> Working Spaces in Ljubljana
discussion and project presentation

As part of the 5th anniversary program of the DobraVaga Gallery, which focuses on the city and neighborly relations at various levels, we are also interested in the position of young artists in the city and the practices and spaces of their collaboration. That is why we are connecting with the Škuc Gallery, where together with the Kela photography space they are preparing an exhibition in November that includes artistic research on the topic of group working and creative spaces. The curator of the exhibition Tia Čiček and the co-founders of the Kela space Peter Rauch, Urška Preis and Luka Prijatelj will talk about self-organization and solidarity, the creation and maintenance of such spaces, and community.

The printed version of the OFF THE HOOK: Sprejmi in nadaljuj / Accept and Continue is finally here!

You can find the booklet, designed by Maruša Račič at the gallery, and the online version HERE.

Say It Out Loud! – series of online workshops from our zine library

Submission deadline: 25. 4. 2021

As long as it’s not possible to make zines together in person, we’ll continue hosting remote workshops. This time, we’re inviting you to participate in the first online workshop from our zine library and contribute to a group zine titled SAY IT OUT LOUD!

The topic of the workshop refers to our library zine archive, which we’ll be featuring through curated highlights throughout the year. The first topical emphasis of our collection are activist zines – zines that express the missions, ideas and politicisation of certain groups, subcultures and associations, such as the LGBTQIA+ community, feminism, anarchism etc. For the SAY IT OUT LOUD! group zine, we’re accepting submissions that can be a commentary on the state of society or the coronavirus times, or are simply related to a personal experience or story that has not been given room in the public sphere and is overlooked, silenced or erased.

Technical specifications and clarifications:

  • the submissions can be illustrations, short texts, comics, collages …
  • the format of the submissions should be upright and in A5 size
  • the submissions can be in colour or black-and-white, and made in the technique of your choice
  • an individual can submit several submissions or a single submission on several pages

    Send your submissions to ema.kobal@dobravaga.si by Sunday, 25. 4. 2021. We’ll collect them in a group zine, which participants will be able to print at home and which will also be included in the ZINE VITRINE library.

You’re also invited to browse our online zine archive: https://zine-vitrine.tumblr.com/

We’re looking forward to zining with you again!

visual: Lin Gerkman in Jakob Koncut, Lepe fasade lepo molčijo, 2016

What if ...

Zine that was created through February workshop with Daria Tommasi is now available HERE

In its printed form it is now also a part of our zine library which you are welcome to visit once the gallery reopens – presumably after April 11th 2021. 

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