Thursday 27. 5. 2021, DobraVaga (Until 28/08/)
NEIGHBOURS. The Urban Adventures of Friends and Diplomats DOBRAVAGA GALLERY 5TH ANNIVERSARY

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.

Artists: Eva Bevec, Jure Brglez & Tereza Prepadnik, Peter Cerovšek, Nina Čelhar, Peter Ferlan, Ester Ivakič, Lena Kocutar, Petra Korent, Janja Kosi, Klara Kracina, Lene Lekše & Mihael Novak, Lenart Merlin, Teja Miholič, Danilo Milovanović, Name:, Nik Erik Neubauer, Neža Perovšek, Nez Pez, Lucija Rosc, Nika Rupnik, Srcozlom, Fedja Šičarov, Dorijan Šiško, Dorotea Škrabo – Skrabzi, Anne Tassel, Luka Uršič, Tadej Vaukman

Thursday 13. 5. 2021, DobraVaga (Until 02/06/)
ARTIST PER MONTH | Urša Rahne: Cross If You Dare

As part of the fifth anniversary of the DobraVaga Gallery, multimedia artist Urša Rahne is presenting the video installation Cross If You Dare. In it, she explores the notion of transgression through the content and layout of the installation itself. The installation features two videos of surrounding residents, their behaviour and mutual interactions that the author filmed during her time in Belgrade. The footage of apartment building balconies and their diverse occupants questions the boundary between public and private, while the literal crossings of the city’s traffic chaos and dangerous road crossings offer a reflection on the functionality of the legal regulation of capitalist society, which still seems to be dominated by the rule of the stronger.

Urša Rahne is a multimedia artist, currently based in Ljubljana. She is interested in documentary and art photography, video art and film. She draws inspiration from her everyday surroundings, connecting them to the social and political issues of contemporary society. 

Thursday 6. 5. 2021, DobraVaga (Until 25/05/)
ZINE VITRINE | Sara Bezovšek: Encyclopezine

Sara Bezovšek is a visual artist who is active in the fields of graphic design, new media and experimental film. In her work, she collects, stores and collages the visual references she encounters while browsing online or watching films and series. Encyclopezine is part of the Nature and Social Studies cycle and is based on exploring and discovering various interesting facts about natural and social phenomena, which the author collects and edits into her own encyclopedia.

Sara Bezovšek (1993) holds a master’s degree in Visual Communications, majoring in Graphic Design, from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. In 2018, she held a solo exhibition titled (◉_◉) at the Aksioma Project Space in Ljubljana, and received the ALUO Prešeren Award for the ZNAM mobile application. Her work was also featured in the Computering solo exhibition at the Kamera Gallery in Kino Šiška in 2019 and the Nature and Science exhibition at GT22 in Maribor in 2020. In 2020 she also participated in the Open Studio artist residency at the DobraVaga Gallery.

Thursday 5. 5. 2021, DobraVaga (Until 25/05/)
Paper Tigers Books: Day X

The individual publications in the series of five books titled Day X feature a 24-hour collaboration between a writer and a photographer each. Between 2016 and 2019, the five artist duos were invited to produce two parallel artistic interpretations of the one day they spent together.

Without placing a particular focus on the issues facing Europe at the time, each project nonetheless provides a snapshot of the prevailing mood in the various corners of this continent, as perceived by the artists on their chosen date.

The publications feature varied themes and approaches – a road trip, a portrait of a German village, and daytime and nighttime walking or travelling through both natural and urban habitats. They combine photography and text on an equal footing, with the images and text connected, yet independent, weaving in and out of sync.

Edited by Laura Braun and Eva Eicker, Day X was born out of an intention to initiate the artists’ personal projects and ideas that were easily realisable due to the limitations imposed by the format, and to encourage collaboration between the disciplines of photography and writing.

Thursday 14 April 2021, DobraVaga (Until 25/05/)
FRESH FISH #newwave

The FRESH FISH commercial exhibition series features the new, fresh wave of current artistic production. This time, our selection focuses on media and techniques that enable making works of art in only one, original copy, complementing them with a wave of recent graphic production. Regardless of the medium, the exhibited works attract attention with innovative, experimental technical approaches and relaxed artistic expressions.

Artists: Adrijan Praznik, Alin Kostiov, Ava Tribušon Ovsenik, Dalea Kovačec, Ema Kobal, Jaka Juhant, Jaka Teršek, Janja Kosi, Klara Kracina, Lea Topolovec, Lo Milo, Maruša Račič, Mina Fina, Monika Slemc, Nastja Utroša, Nina Čelhar, Neža Perovšek, Nika Rupnik, Nuka Horvat, Peter Ferlan, Petra Korent, Rok Roudi, Sangara Perhaj, Sara Skenderija, Vita Eva Weisseisen, Zala Kalan

Thursday 5. 5. 2021, DobraVaga (Until 22/05/)
POP-UP exhibition | Nastja Utroša: Net

Nastja Utroša is holding her first solo exhibition, titled Net, at the DobraVaga Gallery. In a series of scratchboards, she questions the concept of the herd instinct, the different behaviors of people in a group, and their unconscious entanglement within numerous social structures. The inspiration for the dark works in smaller sizes, created on laminated canvas, originates in her parallel exploration of the behavioral traits of certain fish species. A specific biological phenomenon, called shoaling or schooling, characterizes fish that stay in a group for hydrodynamic and, above all, social reasons. It is not just an ordinary school, but a complex, incredibly synchronous structure of fish, which, with the help of such a group, are more successful in defending themselves against predators, find food and partners faster, and successfully save energy due to their harmonious movement. They glide side-by-side at a precise physical distance and with high responsiveness; if one fish changes the direction of swimming, the others follow it synchronously. At this point, the artist discovers parallels with human society, as people as social beings also move in different groups, where we often follow the impulses and behavior of other individuals. Because we tend to imitate those we value or who are valued by others, we quickly become part of a system where a sense of free decision-making and thinking is no longer self-evident. Precisely because of our closeness and connection, we can fall into the trap even faster together, just like a compact school of fish gets caught in a net despite its ingenuity and harmony.

Nastja Utroša (1995) is a young Slovenian visual artist focused on illustration and graphics. In 2018, she graduated in architecture from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture in Maribor. Since 2019, she has been attending a master’s degree in urban planning at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana. In 2019, in tandem with the JNŽ studio, she participated in the Ventura Future exhibition, which was featured at the Saloni del Mobile design week in Milan, the Maison et Objet fair in Paris, and the Kunsthall Oslo gallery in Norway. This year, she and JNŽ studio are featured together at the Exhibition of Slovenian Design – The Future of Living in Vienna. Her works most often reflect the consequences of various socio-political activities on the individual. She utilises minimalist aesthetics, grotesque elements and bizarre motifs, which, in addition to anthropomorphic creatures and geometric interweaving, also include four-legged friends and fish suitable for the gallery space.

Curator: Maša Žekš