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Tadej Pogačar, Street Economies Archive, Tirana, 2005

TADEJ POGAČAR & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art
From the Street

April 18 – May 12, 2006

P74 Center and Gallery, Škuc Gallery 

Accompanying programme – public lectures:

Thursday, 4 May, 2006 at 7 pm, Škuc Gallery
Jaka Repič, The Role of Informal Economy in Migration Processes in Spain  


Tuesday, 8 May, 2006 at 7 pm, Škuc Gallery
Marjan Hočevar,
Postmodern Urban Landscapes

Gallery space is a live organism and a communications base between art and the public, always, bearing traces of times past. It is precisely the history of Škuc Gallery and its role that we see as an important platform for inviting artists who some time ago already exhibited in the gallery. This activity, presenting artists, who actively contribute to the international art scene (in the past two years we organised exhibitions by the Irwin collective, Marko Jakše, and Mladen Stilinović) are an important part of the programme. For 2006 we have invited Tadej Pogačar and P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E Museum of Contemporary Art. His last exhibition at Škuc Gallery was in 1996.

From 18 April to 12 May P74 Center and Gallery, and Škuc Gallery will hold an exhibition entitled TADEJ POGAČAR & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art: From the Street, which features an overview of actions and projects, carried out at different urban sites and in the street, a spatial construction, and a presentation of a new MonApoly board game. The common denominator of the installations in Škuc Gallery, and P74 Center and Gallery, is questioning of the public space, social interaction, collaboration and exchange in public space.


In the mid-1990s Pogačar organised a public project entitled Kings of the Street, which included collaboration with the homeless in Ljubljana, Stockholm, and Berlin, and which examined the models of parallel economies. Parallel systems are the central topic of his projects and research, spanning over many years. Tadej Pogačar sees the street as a complex space, where different spatial, social, and economic systems meet. His interest in the street arises from a general interest in the modern metropolis, its structures, networks, and the processes, which generate an invisible skyline of the city, and its inherent social relations.


In the spring of 2004 Tadej Pogačar participated at the PR 04 Biennial in Puerto Rico. Together with American artists Deidra Hoguet and Peter Walsh he organised an alternative carrying of the Olympic torch. While only the athletes represent their countries at the Olympics, all inhabitants participated in the relay run and carrying of the Olympic torch in Puerto Rico. They did not run for their country but for personal reasons. On 28 June 2004 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, inhabitants and artists united in an Olympic run to celebrate the opening of the Biennial.


Public actions Temporary Autonomous Territory I (2002) and Temporary Autonomous Territory II (2003, carried out in Graz and Mexico City) are participatory projects and interventions in public space. They are practical research in unplanned architecture, closely related to everyday life and its transformations.

Street Economies archival project documents street transactions and models of exchange in different urban environments on different continents. Street sale is an important segment of a national economy, its turnover amounting in some countries to more than a half of the value of official transactions. During the economic crisis in the 1980s, in Mexico City street sellers as self-employed provided most of the most important services.

MonApoly (2002-2003) is the new cartography of global trade with people and sex work, taking on the form of a board game. Instead of accumulating capital, it explains the geopolitics of sex work in the era of global economy. Visually, it follows the Monopoly, but the contents are completely new. By playing we acquire information on activist organisations, crime gangs, forced migrations, etc.


Tadej Pogačar is an internationally acclaimed visual and inter-media artist. He participated in some of the most important contemporary art events, and exhibited in the most prominent art institutions, including Manifesta 1 in Rotterdam, 49th Venice Bienniale, After the Wall exhibition at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Art in General in New York, ZKM Karlsruhe Centre for Art and Media, Museo de Arte Carillo Gil in Mexico City, Ujezdowski Castle in Warsaw, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig, Humbolt University in Berlin, Jyväskylä Art Museum in Finland, and NOVA Gallery in Zagreb.

Last year he participated at the 2nd Prague Biennial and the 3rd Tirana Biennial. He has been invited to this year's Sao Paulo Biennial.

This year he will have solo exhibitions in Skopje, Madrid, Berlin, and Zagreb.

He has received several awards, including Franklin Furnace Grant for performance in 2001, and the Shrinking Cities working scholarship by the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig in 2004/05.


Magazine and exhibition catalogue:

A new issue of the Journal For Anthropology and New Parasitism magazine entitled Lampadedromia, Puerto Rico 04. with texts by Igor Španjol and Julieta Gonzales will accompany the opening of the exhibition.

In the autumn or winter 2006 an exhaustive catalogue, presenting the work of Tadej Pogačar in the last decade, will be published. The catalogue will include contributions by Zdenka Badovinac, Igor Zabel, Gregor Podnar, Tadej Pogačar, and an interview with the artist Hans Ulrich Obrist.


For further information contact Alenka Gregorič, artistic director of the Škuc Gallery on +386 1 251 65 40, galerija.skuc@guest.arnes.si.

The programme of Škuc Gallery is supported by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Cultural Department of the City of Ljubljana.