[artinfo] New Performance as Part of the Duckling Festival 2019 in Celje!

Ivana Smiljanic ivana.smiljanic at gmail.com
Fri Sep 20 16:10:48 CEST 2019

dear all,

please join me on satuday, sept. 21st at 7 p.m. for the "daily routine: at
least six kilometers in an hour", a part of the second edition of the
duckling festival in račka gallery in celje!

million thanks to the center for contemporary art celje and especially maja
hodošček for making this possible and having me in celje together with my
curly 19-month-old <3

detailed performance program and a link to exhibition information is below.

hugs from celje,


ivanasmiljanic.com <http://www.ivanasmiljanic.com>
+359 888 234266

Center for Contemporary Art Celje
Politics of Resistance – The Duckling Festival 2019.
Nevena Aleksovski, Ana Čigon, Julia Fuhr Mann, Olja Grubić, Aleksandra
Saška Gruden, Asiana Jurca Avci,  Kabaret Tiffany, Neža Knez, Tina Kolenik,
Kresnička (Tatiana Kocmur & Liza Šimenc), Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Ivana
Smiljanić, Julischka Stengele, Deniz Űnal, Chris E. Vargas & Eric Stanley

Julischka Stengele, All Eyes On Us, 2015

*Exhibition opening: Friday, 20 September, at 7 p.m., Gallery Račka*

Gallery Račka, Celjski dom, Krčma TamkoUčiri

The Center for Contemporary Arts presents the second edition of the Ducking
Festival, this time focusing on a critique of the normative understanding
of sexual and gender identity, body image and regulation of intimate
relationships. The exhibition and the series of performances bring the
plurality of identities, expressions of gender, physical appearances and
ways of being to the fore. The relation to the body, above all the question
of what importance society attaches to external appearance and how it
influences the perception and construction of its own image, is at the
heart of the interest of the exhibited works. The works challenge, in a
playful and humorous way, the patriarchal beliefs and capitalist demands
about what a body worthy of attention and enjoyment should look like. They
offer ways to reflect on the social mechanisms of designating and
controlling the body. They explore the manner in which social norms
regulate and limit sexual practices, as well as how their approaches seek
to influence the formation of lifestyles. From a queer perspective, they
deconstruct the hetero-normative idea of gender identity that highlights
the binary division of gender roles and the stereotypical notion of
masculinity and femininity, as well as their modes of coexistence.
They emphasize the
importance of gender as a socio-cultural construct, reveal methods of
structural repression and forms of exclusion, as well as express the
potential for resisting any normalization and categorization.

*More about the exhibition


*FRIDAY, 20 September 19.00*

*Opening of the festival and exhibition Politis of Resistance*

*Nevena** Aleksovski, Ana Čigon, Julia Fuhr Mann, Olja Grubić, Asiana Jurca
Avci, Tina Kolenik, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Julischka Stengele, Chris E.
Vargas & Eric Stanley*

*Schedule of Performances*

*Gallery Račka*

*The Past in Time or Another Heart*

In the performance, the artist stems from the contact between past and
present, between tradition and contemporaneity, creating a pattern or
patchwork of different motifs. She has found these motifs in the traditions
of women’s handiwork of the past and has transferred them onto the walled
surface in the form of embroidery and weaving patterns. She places the
present-day woman and her role in society as an antipole or into a
dialogical relationship. For this purpose, she has chosen a text written by
Serbian poet, performer and actress Katalin Ladik about herself and her
relationship with men. Here, she describes, in a lucid and direct way, her
journey as a woman and an artist, who crossed the boundaries of what was
morally acceptable at the time and was repeatedly excluded from social
groups as a result. Gruden incorporates certain names of celebrities from
the Slovenian milieu into the text, highlighting and rounding off the image
of the performative act by repeating and writing them along the edge of the
pattern on the wall.

*Gallery Račka*

*Soft Lies*

The performance will be a solo interpretation of some the themes from the
performance series *Characters of Control*, specifically the last version
of it; *Characters of Control- Soft Toy Edition*. The project aims to
create a vocabulary of movements and interactions around an overlapping
network of characters of intimacy, desire and control. The interest in
using soft toys comes from the role of the transitional object in childhood
development (as defined play and reality by D. W Winncott)- its role in the
development of attachments, love and desire, in relation to creativity and

*Celjski dom*

*Divine Desire*
Cabaret Tiffany is the laboratory of the Tiffany Club, as part of which
LGBTQ creators develop their stage performances. The creators’ point of
departure this time were the works of painter Otto Dix, who upset the
Weimar public with the “new objectivity”, as well as John Waters, the king
of trash, whose aesthetics disturbed the moral values of the American
middle class.

Join in the show that will take you through the aesthetic outbursts of
small-town yearning!
The show includes nudity, flashing lights and perhaps an incorrect opinion
here or there.

*SATURDAY, 21 September*

*Gallery Račka*

*Daily routine: at least six kilometers in an hour*

In exhausting, boring and occasionally humorous and tender one-hour-long
performance, among other things, Ivana Smiljanić speaks about the link
between insulin resistance and infertility, what does a summer look like
without an ice cream and watermelon, how does a hormonal stimulation affect
everyday life, who stigmatizes better: strangers or beloved ones, how has a
barren artist conceived and how all above mentioned affects emotional,
sexual, social and professional life. Smiljanić incessantly talks while
walking fast at the same time, she sweats and struggles to catch a breath
as time goes on.

*Gallery Račka*

*Bodies on Pedestals*

The performance is about women’s bodies and their effort, which is visible
through a kettlebell lifting competition. A look at the bodies
demonstrating their strength, endurance and sophisticated lifting
technique, in a humorous way, questions the positions of women and their
roles in the contemporary world. The visitors to the performance will be
able to vote for the winner!

*krčma TamKoUčiri 21.30*

*KRESNIČKA* (Tatiana Kocmur, Liza Šimenc)
*Mary Jane*

Costumes: Ivana Kocmur, Martina Kocmur, Tatiana Kocmur, Liza šimenc
Music: Marko Bojičić, Red Button – multimedia, experimental laboratory

Glamour, puffy breasts, gilding, black leather, made-up skin, intense
colours, attractive discharges of a saturated mass of the progressive
deformity of the ideal.

When the boundaries of the anthropological are blurred and it seems that
only artefact is left, a stretch mark or two may nevertheless appear from
the collage. A fairy-tale creature or a creature of social
expectation? From deep inside, a pulse can be heard that reaches its climax
with repeating intervals. An endlessly sweet, affectionately furry,
charming, seductive, hot Mary Jane exhales from the virginal sticky foam.
Gallery Račka
Gosposka ulica 3, 3000 Celje
+386 (0)3 42 65 156;
+ 386 (0) 42 65 160

Tuesday – Sunday, 16.00 – 19.00
Monday closed.

Center for Contemporary Art Celje*,** © *2018

centersodobnihumetnosti at celje.si <centersodobnihumetnosti at celje.si>*

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