Mesto žensk //

25th International Festival of Contemporary Arts – City of Women

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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ŠKUC Gallery, 2nd October - 18th October

Kinds of Pressure looks to the past, present and future of global labour conditions under capitalism through its dehumanising effects on people and communities in hyper-local contexts. The exhibition documents a number of performative processes of participation and collaboration with workers, activists and citizens, exposing the pressure points created by precarity, physical working conditions, privatisation of resources and the economisation of emotions. From 25€ tears, to bronzed potatoes and protest songs, Rogalska’s social sculptures are playfully subversive, tender and rebellious. Kinds of Pressure speaks to City of Women’s 25 year history, testing different ways of being together and performing different political realities in the here and now. 


Curated by osborn&møller.

Alicja Rogalska mostly works in specific contexts making situations, performances, videos and installations in collaboration with other people, to collectively search for emancipatory ideas for the future. She is currently an artist in residence at the Stuart Hall Library/INIVA in London and working on a commission for Art Exchange in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences at Essex University and Focal Point Gallery. She has recently presented her work at Biennale Warszawa, Kyoto Art Centre, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka and MuseumsQuartier in Vienna. 



Švicarija, September 2019


Alicja Rogalska is this year’s City of Women’s artist-in-residence, commissioned by the curatorial duo osborn&møller. Working in collaboration with a community of local women, she is exploring affective labour and precarious working conditions while attempting to co-create a different social reality. The research and performative actions from the residency will be shared through an artist talk at Švicarija and a sharing in conversation with Tea Hvala at Škuc Gallery.

Commissioned by osborn&møller

Online exhibition
10 October - 31 December 2019


Alongside the exhibition and residency with Alicja Rogalska, osborn&møller have curated an online exhibition of selected works from the City of Women archive. 

Looking back to Look Forward highlights works and artists from the archive that focus on collective actions, precarious labour, structural exploitation, solidarity and poetic protest. The works chosen specifically speak to the unique history of the Ex-Yugoslav region, with a focus on socially engaged art. As well as mapping their research over the past three years, the selection offers further context to their collaboration with Alicja Rogalska.

The exhibition is online at:

As an extension of the online exhibition there will be a Curator’s Talk and Conversation with Kristina Leko (HR) and Katja Praznik (SI/US).

Kristina Leko has initiated and realized several extensive community art projects in different countries since the 1990s. She teaches social art practice at the UDK Berlin.

Katja Praznik is Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the author of The Paradox of Unpaid Labor: Autonomy of Art, the Avant-Garde and Cultural Policy in the Transition to Post-Socialism (Sophia, 2016).


Produced and supported by:

Produced by: Mesto žensk / City of Women

co-produced by: MGLC – Mednarodni grafični likovni center / MGLC – International Centre of Graphic Arts, Inštitut Adama Mickiewicza / Adam Mickiewicz Institute, ŠKUC, Kunstencentrum Vooruit.

Supported by: The Public Fund for Cultural Activities, Danish Arts Foundation, British Council, Arts Council England (Artist International Development Fund), i-Portunus (Creative Europe), Ministry of Culture, Mestna občina Ljubljana / City of Ljubljana.

In co-operation with: Ustvarjalna pisarna SOdelujem / Sodelujem Creative Office, Klub ljubiteljev umetnosti: Asistenca / Art Lovers Club: Assistance. 


Since 2017, osborn&møller have been researching and reflecting on City of Women’s distinctive approach to feminist curating, and the ways in which this resonates with their own curatorial collaboration. This has included research into the festival’s archive, and the ways that different feminist histories and realities in the Ex-Yugoslav region have been mapped through their programmes. 2019 marks the culmination of this work, as osborn&møller curate a programme for the 25th Anniversary edition. This includes a solo exhibition and residency by artist Alicja Rogalska (Švicarija, ŠKUC Gallery), an online exhibition of archival material on the City of Women’s Web Museum (MG+MSUM) and accompanying events.


Photo: Alicja Rogalska

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