COMMENTARY #6 | Vesna Bukovec | Safety for Whom?
08 February 2017 — 18 June 2017

Safety for Whom?


With the excuse of safeguarding its citizens and property, Slovenia is increasingly becoming a police state. The power of the repressive apparatus has been growing since the 2012/13 protests. In 2015 and 2016, the state was responsible for the refugee crisis turning into a humanitarian tragedy. The state has given the army police powers, while the police recently acquired a new water cannon, the use of stun guns is being discussed, and city wardens have increasing authority to take action. The new law against so-called illegal aliens will not only go against the constitution, but numerous international resolutions and conventions as well. After the horrors of the Second World War, the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, recognizing the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all people. Slovenia now intends to violate this. Moreover, as a consequence of also Slovenian actions the refugees caught on the cut-off Balkan Route are now fighting for survival under inhuman conditions. Overall, security is becoming the universal excuse given by the authorities for consolidating their power and increasing their repression, while human lives and destinies are once again being divided into more and less valuable ones.


Vesna Bukovec



Vesna Bukovec: Safety for Whom?, 2016, digital print


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights



Vesna Bukovec (1977, Ljubljana) graduated and completed her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. She works independently and in the art group KOLEKTIVA (with Metka Zupanič and Lada Cerar). Her artistic work finds its expression in a variety of media (drawing, video, installation) and approaches (research, appropriation, participation, etc.).


She presented her work in solo shows in Slovenia (P74 Gallery, 2003 and 2005; Simulaker Gallery, 2006; Miklova hiša Gallery, 2009 and 2016; Kulturni inkubator, KAPSULA, 2010; A+A Gallery, EX-garage, Cankarjev dom, 2011; Mihelič Gallery, 2012; Alkatraz Gallery, 2012 and 2016; Domžale Gallery, 2013; Hiša kulture in Pivka, 2015) and several international exhibitions such as 11th Biennial of the Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean, Athens, 2003; 25th International Biennial of Graphic Arts, MGLC, Ljubljana, 2003; Territories, Identities, Networks: Slovenian Art 1995–2005, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, 2005; How to speak of contemporary art?, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, 2005; Narratives, -35/+65: Two Generations, Museum Joanneum, Kunsthaus, Graz, 2006; U3 - 6th Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, 2010; Where do we go from here?, Secession, Vienna, 2010; Minimal Differences, White Box, New York, 2010; ArtSite, Castello di Buronzo, 2013; Neighbours – Contemporary Narratives from Turkey and Beyond, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, 2014, City Perspectives, Photon Gallery, Vienna, 2014, Crises and New Beginnings: Art in Slovenia 2005–2015, +MSUM, Ljubljana, 2015, Pixxelpoint, Goricia and Nova Gorica, 2016, etc.




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