MIG 21
migratory interdisciplinary grid
international art exhibition on the topic of migrations

7 October–3 December 2016
Maribor, Slovenia


Peter Tomaž Dobrila: Migrants under the 21st century sky

Nina Jeza: MIG 21

Aleksandra Kostič: The White Aphroid Award 2016 Risk Change

MIG 21, an international art exhibition on the topic of migrations, proposes an entirely humanist response to a clearly political question, thus connecting 50 exhibiting artists from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, France, Germany, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, UK, Japan, USA, Mexico, Canada and Australia.

In the abundance of various -isms, we have totally disregarded the only one that truly pushes us forward as a civilization. Humanism as a political program, a surrogate and substitution to capitalism, never really got its chance in history. Indeed, we have successfully cellophaned the humanist note into various, including modern, forms of art, where we are, indeed, still holding on to it firmly for the time being, under the guise of preserving the idea of humaneness. Yet the consideration triggered by MIG 21 is interesting precisely because it proposes an entirely humanist response to a clearly political question.

MIG 21 interconnects artistic visions and humanist values with various visual, sonic, and interdisciplinary media, which is a novelty in Slovenia. The exhibition will showcase works from the fields of painting, sculpting, photography, video, fine arts, intermedia installations, bio art, and science & art research works. The artworks represent a selection of paradigms that have marked the realm of contemporary art for the last 30 years, with a special emphasis on thematic and interdisciplinary connections between the visual and the contemplative-technological-innovative.

50 national and foreign artists present their works on the topic of migrations between 7 October and 3 December 2016 at Kibla Portal, an old industrial factory hall, which was transformed into an exhibition venue: 
AES+F (RU), antiAtlas of Borders (FR), Žarko Bašeski (MK), Mirsad Begić (SI), Marko Brecelj (SI), Bureau d’Etudes (FR), Julijana Božič (SI), Jakov Brdar (SI), Matej Čepin (SI), Ksenija Čerče (SI), Heather Dewey-Hagborg (US), Tina Dobrajc (SI), Adam Donovan (AU), Jure Fingušt (SI), Metod Frlic (SI), Jusuf Hadžifejzović (BA), Marko Jakše (SI), Jovan Joca Jovanović (RS), Adela Jušić, Andreja Dugandžić (BA), Stojan Kerbler (SI), Aleksij Kobal (SI), Herlinde Koelbl (DE), Oleg Kulik (RU), Matjaž Lenhart (SI), Zbigniew Libera (PL), Jan Macko (CZ), Ivan Marušić Klif (HR), Nika Oblak & Primož Novak (SI), Ana Pečar (SI), Špela Petrič (SI), Monika Pocrnjić & Petja Janžekovič (SI), Matjaž Požlep (SI), Ale de la Puente (MX), RIGUSRS (SI), So Kanno & Takahiro Yamaguchi (JP), Jože Slaček (SI), Zora Stančič (SI), Mladen Stilinović (HR), Robertina Šebjanič (SI), Jože Šubic (SI), Aphra Tesla (SI), Jane Tingley (CA) & Michal Seta (PL), Raša Todosijević (RS), Uroš Weinberger (SI), Ulrich Wüst (DE), Brigitta Zics (HU/UK), Srdjan Živulović (SI).

Curators of MIG 21 exhibition are Nina Jeza and Peter Tomaž Dobrila.

The event is held under the honorary patronage of the president of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor.

The exhibition MIG 21 is the first in a series of large-scale international events of the four-year project Risk Change (2016–2020), co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. The project is also supported by the Municipality of Maribor and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.

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Project RISK CHANGE (2016–2020) is co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.
The project is also supported by the Municipality of Maribor and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.
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