Lapse screened March 8th at Red Dawns feminist and queer festival in Slovenia

March 6th-11th 2012, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Venues: Kiberpipa, Kersnikova 6, Ljubljana
Autonomus Cultural Centre Metelkova mesto (including SOT-24,5 Club, A-Infoshop, Tiffany Club (ŠKUC-Cultural Center Q), Gromka Club, Alkatraz Gallery and Menza pri koritu), Masarykova 24/Metelkova 6, Ljubljana
Kapelica Gallery, Cafe Metropol, Kersnikova 4, Ljubljana

KUD Mreža, Masarykova 24, 1000 Ljubljana,

Red Min(e)d, Kiberpipa, ŠKUC-Buba, Alkatraz Gallery, Kapelica Gallery, LJUDMILA – Ljubljana Digital Media Lab (at KUD France Prešeren Trnovo), Workers’-Punks’ University (The Peace Institute), Klub Gromka, YHD, A-Infoshop, Menza pri koritu, ŠKUC-Cultural center Q – Tiffany Club, Serbian Cultural Center Danilo Koš and Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis – Ljubljana Postgraduate School of Humanities.

Launched in 2000 by KUD Mreža Arts and Culture Association, Red Dawn International Women’s Festival takes place annually at Metelkova mesto Autonomous Cultural Zone in Ljubljana and also at MC Podlaga, Sežana, Mostovna Cultural Centre and Pekarna Magdalena Network in Maribor.
Red Dawn annually invites participation by women artists who actively voice their visions, politics, opinions and feelings through any media. It supports women who express their creativity in self-organised ways, capturing the do-it-yourself ethic of constructive rebellion against capitalist consumption. The Festival’s ideal ground is to unite the strength of women activists and artists in order to demonstrate the possibility of a festival that is produced, organised and performed by women.
The title and motto of Red Dawn is taken from Kurt Held’s novel Die Rote Zora und ihre Bande – Rote Zora (Red Zora) had beautiful red hair and her daringly witty, anarchist attitude inspired many struggles, including the militant feminist organisation Rote Zora of West Germany, which stood against patriarchy, biotechnology, and nuclear power, among other things. Zora means ‘dawn’ in the Slovene language. The Red Dawn International Women’s Festival hosts women artists and activists whose work is ‘subversively beautiful in their brave-hearted questioning of supposed natural and social determinants of women’s femininity – and supposed men’s masculinity.’
Video exhibition opening: Adela Jušić (BiH), Micheline Durocher (CAN)

Video exhibition opening

Adela Jušić (BiH), Micheline Durocher (CAN)

Adela Jušić: When I die, you can do what you want! (2011, 20’)
Adela Jušić will present her video When I die, you can do what you want (Kad ja umrem, radite šta hoćete!). The video shows an artist (only her hands are visible) dying her grandmother’s hair. The grandmother is looking directly into the camera for the whole time. The sound is detached from her, consisting of a whispering narration that sounds like the grandmothers’ thoughts. The narrative consists of grandmothers’ memoirs, gathered and reconstructed by the artist who made the video after her grandmother’s death.

Adela Jušić (BiH) works primarily with video. Socially engaged and rooted in personal experiences, her artistic practice revolve around the subject of the war in Bosnia, the position of women in war, and the religion and tradition in which she grew up. Jušić recently started a collaboration with Sarajevo-based artist Lana Čmajčanin tackling the question of self-presentation in the art market. She has exhibited in many international exhibitions including Spain, Germany, Colombia, Italy, France and Slovenia.

In BSH with English subititles.

Micheline Durocher: Lapse (2011, 1’32’’)

Micheline Durocher will present her video Lapse, where gearing up to perform, wearing a white retro bathing cap and silver eyelashes, the swimmer displays the sparkle of performance. Nevertheless, as the music progresses, her set of meticulously choreographed movements, fluid at first, become erratic and break down. Her aim is to portrait desire as a form of communication and language, and to portrait the visible signs of the body as the construction of a visual language.

Micheline  Durocher (CAN) is a visual artist and film-maker currently residing in Montreal. She creates short videos that stage small existential scenarios in fictional settings. The procedure that underlies her work consists of an exploration of the performing  body in order to create an interface of fictional, subjective elements where Durocher is the subject, the model and the actor-artist. Her portraits  diverge at times into absurd humour,  awkwardness, often skirting voyeurism and bemused failures.  Her work has been screened at many festivals and galleries including events in Australia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Canada, Croatia, Russia and Mexico.

Gallery opening hours: March 8th– 10th, 7:00-21:00