Friday 3 May 2019 at 7 pm, DobraVaga, (Until 1/6/)
ARTIST PER MONTH│ Mia Paller: Trace

Trace is a photobook containing traces and features that bring to mind details from paintings and drawings – brushstrokes, paint splotches etc. The young artist explored such fragments through photography in the public space, where these shapes go unnoticed, as they are traces of the wear and ravages of time. By including their photographs in the book, the traces become important and we begin to ascribe them meaning through association. The photobook is also part sketchbook – the blank pages invite readers to intervene in the book.

Mia Paller (1995) graduated from Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. She attended a three-month Erasmus+ exchange in the 2017/18 study year at the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen, Netherlands, where she also finished her diploma thesis. In September 2018, she enrolled in the two-year Media Design: Lens Based M.A. programme at the Piet Zwart Institute. She is especially interested in painting, photography and animation. Her short animated films Laundry and …Smell the coffee have been featured at numerous festivals, including Animateka (Ljubljana 2016 and 2018) and the 2nd Slovenian Animated Film Revue (Celje 2018). She has participated in group exhibition at the Layer House (Kranj 2018), Equrna Gallery (Ljubljana 2018) and elsewhere, as well as held solo exhibitions at the Youth Centre Gallery (Ajdovščina 2018) and the Night Window Display Gallery Pešak (Ljubljana 2018). She currently lives and studies in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She resided at the DobraVaga Gallery Open Studio from July to August 2018.

Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 5 pm, Street Gallery at Vegova, (Until 3/6/)
Jelena Bando: Fate
DobraVaga Gallery 3rd anniversary exhibition

In her work, visual artist Jelena Bando explores man’s relationship with nature in different ways, focusing on current environmental issues. In the piece Fate, which she will present at the Street Gallery, she uses nature as a metaphor for exploring the existential themes of life, death and impermanence. She thus views fate symbolically as a sandstorm that follows one’s life and changes it.

Jelena Bando is an academically trained painter who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2012. She has attended study visits and residencies in Germany (Wurzburg, Berlin), France (Paris) and Croatia (Kuberton). She has held 17 solo exhibitions in Croatia, Germany, Sweden, and France, and participated in around 30 group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. She has won two awards for drawing and graphic arts (SKC Gallery, Belgrade; 15th Biennial of Drawing, Belgrade). In 2013, she started the project 36 Mountains, which has grown into a renowned festival of illustration and drawing.

The DobraVaga Gallery 3rd anniversary programme continues at 7 PM with the opening of the visiting exhibition of the 36 Mountains international festival of illustration at the DobraVaga Gallery.

Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 7 pm, DobraVaga, (Until 1/6/)
DobraVaga Gallery 3rd anniversary exhibition

36 Mountains is an international festival of illustration that takes place in Zagreb each year. Its main aim is to bring contemporary illustration and drawings closer to a broader audience, present quality Croatian and international art production, and recognise and highlight promising young artists. As part of the anniversary celebration of the DobraVaga Gallery, they will prepare an exhibition of original graphics by artists that have been featured by the festival.

Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 7 pm, DobraVaga, (Until 1/6/)
ZINE VITRINE│ Nevena Aleksovski: Slippery Slope

In her newly published zine titled Slippery Slope, the artist presents a selection of fresh drawings and digital collages, made at winter’s turn to spring 2019. The spontaneous, playful visual notes constantly oscillate somewhere between abstract expression and figuration, with the artist addressing various intermediate states and contradictions through them. The zine thus brings together concrete and woods, latex and stone, nudity and hiding, anxiety and carefree playfulness, spring optimism and bad news.

Nevena Aleksovski (1984) graduated from Painting at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and got her M.A. in Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. She is active in the fields of drawing, painting, illustration and art zines. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad. In 2016, her art zine received first prize at the ZINE VITRINE dvatwozwei competition. She lives and works in Ljubljana, and her work will also be featured as part of the 36 MOUNTAINS exhibition in May.