The 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts pays tribute to the potential of satire, for this edition’s curators Slavs and Tatars took satire as a thematic starting point. We invite you to read more about the Biennial in the Review by Emily McDermott in the leading magazine of contemporary art and culture Frieze by following this link.
“The majority of works in Crack Up – Crack Down, and even the multiple inflections of the title itself, demonstrate how powerful the language of satire can be. Yet, despite the many pieces that succeeded in making me laugh and gag simultaneously, the biennial implies that it is rare for satire’s important political messages to be genuinely heeded or acted upon. Ultimately, the powerful topics addressed in this exhibition were softened – at times almost to the point of muteness – by laughter. For better or worse, I left with a smirk.” (Emily McDermott, Frieze, 6 September 2019)
Zhanna Kadyrova, Market, 2019.
Installation photo: Urška Boljkovac. Archive: MGLC.