Independent Biennial is a Creative platform supporting direct authorship, horizontal selection and no censorship of work established in Ljubljana Slovenia in 2007.
In May 2015 as a part of the fifth edition of the biennial we are presenting a selection of authors in Washington as a part of the European Month of Culture.
May 6th, 4pm // Independents Biennial opening at New York University in Washington DC
May 7th, 7pm // Independents Biennial presentation at the Taste of Slovenia event organized by The International Club of DC, with the cooperation of the Embassy of Slovenia (Tickets available here)
May 9th, 10am to 4 pm // Opening of the Independents Biennial exhibition at the Embassy of Slovenia, during the E.U. open day (the exhibition will be open until May 22nd)
The Independents biennial emerged from the notions that the generally accepted concepts of illustration have been surpassed by modern creative practices long ago. The non-responsiveness of the expert public pushed an entire generation of young artists to the margins of artistic communication.
The Biennale of Independent Illustration set out in 2007 to redefine the long-established concepts of illustration with a fresh eye, and to create an open dialogue on the questions of the contemporary visual art and culture.
The Biennial expresses its marginal status and specifics through the horizontal selection of authors who implement a wide range of visual practices. What makes the Biennial unique is that authors from each Biennial then take on the role of curators for the following edition. The Biennial is a periodic event that investigates the fields and contexts of the use and application of modern illustration in the world today. It was created to support and foster direct authorship, and to promote the authors of such works.
In the eight years since its inception, we have witnessed a great development in the evolution of creative independent illustration. The experimental realizations of the range of work included in the Biennale have been a source of playful freedom of inter-media expression. The author’s projects are completely uncensored and follow the Independent Manifesto of the Biennial to encourage the greatest possible independence of work and creativity. The horizontal selection of new authors by the previous authors of each biennale, ensures each time, a new and fresh selection of artists that represent an in depth cross-section of the modern illustration sphere.
Above all, The Biennale of Independent Illustration is a tribute to the all authors who, despite the difficult conditions in cultural and visual practices, are driven forward always by the passion, curiosity, innovation and independent creative freedom that is the foundation to their creativity and life.
The events in Washington are a tribute to all the authors that have been a part of our journey and those that are yet to join.
The Independent Biennial in Washington is organized by Tretaroka NGO and supported by Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, D.C., Ministry of Culture RS, Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture Ljubljana.
Ajdin Bašić, Blaž Porenta, David Krančan, Elena Fajt, Filip Burburan Morka, Jaka Kramberger, Jana Flego in Katarina Petrov, Jim Kosem, Jure Engelsberger, Karlo Medjugorac, Luka Mancini in Katarina Mrvar, Martin Bricelj, Martin Šoštarič, Matej Koren in Miha Groblar,
Miha Artnak, Mina Žabnikar – Mina Fina, Mojca Dolinar, Natanesku,
Neja Engelsberger in Akaša Bojić – Nejaaka, Nenad Cizl, Rok Marinšek z OlgaFaceRok, Roman Ražman, Silvan Omerzu, Son:da (Miha Horvat in Metka Golec), Suzana Bricelj,
Tibor Kranjc, Tina Brinovar, Urška Golob, Zlatka Sintič – Knapič, Žiga Aljaž, Žiga Testen, Živa Moškrič, Anna Ehrlemark, Boštjan Čadež, David Fartek, Gregor Žakelj, Hannes Gröblacher, Irena Ocepek, Janez Vreček, Jurij Lozič z Musguard-om, Luka Umek, Matej Lavrenčič, Milan Erič, Mladen Stropnik in Nataša Skušek, Neja Tomšič, Neža Zinajić, Nina Vrhovec, Patricija Čičmir, Polona Poklukar, Sara Jassim, Saša Štucin, Špela Čadež, Špela Škulj, Tilen Sepič, Urh Sobočan, Urška Štrukelj, Veli Silver, Žiga Artnak, Ada Hamza, Aljaž Košir-Fejzo, Branislav Milošević, Dominik Mahnič, Grega Lož, Igor Hofbauer, Katarina Vladimirov Young, Luka Uršič, Mark Požlep, Martina Lajtner, Matija Kocbek, Metoda Postolski Košir, Miha Vrhunc, Milanka Fabjančič, Mina Arko, Neža Peterle, Nina Urh, Rone84, Teja Kleč, Žiga Tomori, Zvonko Čoh, Ana Baraga, Dunja Janković, Matija Medved, Renata Šifrar, Zoran Pungerčar, Nejc87, Davor Gromilović, Kaja Kisilak, Dolores Colores, Kitsch-Nitsch, Gregor Balog, Turbo Comix, Anka Kočevar, Brane Humar, Tanja Semion, Biba Košmerl, Aphra Tesla, Dušan Moldovan, Eva Lučka Kozak, Leon Zuodar, Miroslav Erjavec, Matej Jarc, Neža Jurman.