April 17, 2006 - Skuc Gallery - TADEJ POGACAR & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art
April 17, 2006

TADEJ POGACAR & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art

Tadej Pogacar, »Street Economies Archive«, Tirana 2005, C-print; Courtesy of the artist and P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum

TADEJ POGACAR & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art From the Street
18 April-12 May 2006

Opening: 18 April

7 p.m.: P74 Center and Gallery, Ljubljana

www.zavod-parasite.si

8 p.m: Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana

www.galerija.skuc-drustvo.si

From 18 April to 12 May P74 Center and Gallery, and Skuc Gallery will hold an exhibition entitled TADEJ POGACAR & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art: From the Street, which features a comprehensive overview of public art projects, a spatial construction, an archival presentation of street economies, and a new board game. The common denominator of the installations is social interaction, exchange in public space, and open collaboration based on dialogue and teamwork.

His public actions, Autonomous Territory I (2002) and Autonomous Territory II (2003), executed in Graz, Austria, and Mexico City, are participatory projects and interventions into public space. They represent a practical investigation in the area of low-tech and non-planned architecture closely connected to everyday life and its transformation. These processes open up new possibilities for redefining institutional participation in the creation of urban space and for producing alternative policies for the use of public space. In 2004, Pogacar participated in the PR 04 festival of contemporary art in Puerto Rico. Together with U.S. artists Deidre Hoguet and Peter Walsh he created an alternative Olympic torch relay to carry the flame for Equipo Terrestre (Team Earth). Instead of running for the homeland, each torchbearer was invited to choose their own reason for participating. MonApoly (20022003) is a new cartography of global sex work and global trade with humans that takes the form of a board game. Instead of accumulating capital, it explains the geopolitics of sex work during the period of global capitalism and the new economy. As they play, participants obtain new information about global sex work, activist organizations, crime gangs that organize trafficking in humans, etc.

Tadej Pogacar’s project From the Street is part of on-going multidisciplinary collaborative Street Economies project initiated by the Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery in Zagreb, and P74 Center and Gallery in Ljubljana. It explores the grey economy phenomenon, with special emphasis on the area of South-Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

About the Artist
Tadej Pogacar is a visual and performance artist, educator and curator. He is the founder and director of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art, a virtual critical institution and ongoing project, established in 1993 ( www.ljudmila.org/scca/parasite/ and www.parasite-pogacar.si ). His most recent project involves research, urban interventions and collaboration with social minorities.

Tadej Pogacar has exhibited at the 49th Venice Biennial, Venice; 3rd Tirana Biennial, Tirana; 3rd Prague Biennial, Prague; PR 04, Puerto Rico; Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City; at Art in General, New York; Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico City; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; and Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana. Forthcoming exhibitions in 2006 will take place at 27th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo; Sparwasser HQ, Berlin; Ojo Atomico, Madrid.

Brochure and Exhibition Catalogue
A new issue of the Journal For Anthropology and New Parasitism magazine entitled Lampadedromia, Puerto Rico 04. (published by P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art) will accompany the opening of the exhibition. In the autumn 2006 an exhaustive catalogue, presenting the work of Tadej Pogacar in the last decade, will be published. The catalogue will include contributions by Zdenka Badovinac, Igor Zabel, Gregor Podnar, Tadej Pogacar, and an interview of the artist with Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Lectures
Skuc Gallery, Thursday, 4 May, 2006, 7 p.m.
Jaka Repic, The Role of Informal Economy in Migration Processes in Spain

Skuc Gallery, Tuesday, 8 May, 2006, 7 p.m.
Marjan Hocevar, Postmodern Urban Landscapes

P74 Center and Gallery
Prusnikova 74, SI -1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tel: 386 (0)1 516 1581
E-mail: p74info@volja.net

www.zavod-parasite.si

Opening hours: Tuesday Saturday: 14.00 20.00
Sunday, Monday closed

Skuc Gallery
Stari trg 21, SI -1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tel: 386 (0)1 251 6540
Fax: 386 (0)1 421 3140
E-mail: galerija.skuc@guest.arnes.si

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