As part of the Indigo festival, a special publication containing fresh contributions by the more prominent artists of the Riso Paradiso collective as well as select exhibitors at the Caffeine Hours fair will be published. The publication will be printed in the Risograph technique at the Riso Paradiso studio.
LOOK BACK AND LAUGH
Look Back and Laugh is a small publishing house based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, run by two graphic designers Zoran Pungerčar and Jure Šajn. The primary focus of LBAL is to work with like minded artists through different mediums, from artist books to retail products. The first period mainly explored a zine format. In the last couple of years they try to go beyond those limitations trying new formats and mediums. All the production is usually made within a small family of collaborators, from screen printers to embroidery producers.
Riso Paradiso is a collective that consists of five different characters: Urška Alič, Mina Fina, Nejc Korenič, Jure Šajn and Zoran Pungerčar. Even though their backgrounds, namely illustration, graphic design, screen printing and even tattooing, are very different, they have found common ground in the holy practice that is riso printing. Riso machines allow them to produce their own work as well as collaborate on different projects. They occasionally also make prints for others and do workshops.
Urška Alič is a graphic designer, screen-printer and an active weekend hiker. When not in the mountains or behind her computer, she can be found in her garage screen-printing or behind a riso machine. In the last few years, she has been actively publishing her work in the form of fanzines, shirts and other functional objects.
Stripburger are definitely one of the oldest comics institutions in Slovenia. They started walking the walk in distant 1992, the year Whitney Houston released her smash hit I Will Always Love You. While they publish two issues of their magazine annually, they also publish special editions each year.
Komikaze is a Croatian publishing platform founded by Ivana Armanini. Focused on comics, but with a special zing. Their focus is on experimental comics and illustration and they publish a couple of book editions every year, while also actively maintaining their webcomics activities. They also have a special series called Femicomix through which they present female artists and tackle feminist themes in the format of comics and zines.
Photographer Tadej Vaukman is an active zine publisher — zines and artist books play a big role in his art practice. His art is often described as raw take on reality, depicting rare and unseen moments of worlds that are all around us but often overlooked by most. In 2015 he published his first book Dick Skinners with Rostfrei Publishing, follow by Grand Heroes in 2018. In 2019 he won an OHO award.
Nevena Aleksovski is an academically trained painter who works in various fields, from zines and drawings to collages. Her minimalistic approach usually revolves around the line and some text, but she nevertheless manages to be extremely expressive in her work. Through her motifs, she usually tries to draw attention to topics like body positivity, feminism and being OK with everyday boredom.
Nez Pez or Neža Jurman as her mother and father call her, is an artist of many different practices. Educated as a sculptor, she mainly works with paper, either screen-printing on it or drawing a hundred tiny doodles on it. She is also known for her interactive installations and video projects.
HORRID HABITS/JAKA VATOVEC
Horrid Habits is the artist name of Jaka Vatovec. Jaka is an academically trained painter, but his work often finds its way into other printed matter. His visual style is defined by the grim gesture of his recognisable drawing style which he often merges with collaged paper scraps. He gets his inspiration in the weirdest parts of the internet you can imagine. In the last few years he has also been working as a graphic designer for different metal and punk bands.
Lealudvik is a project by Lea Jelenko and Matjaž Komel. They actively work in the media of video, graphic design, illustration, animation and zines. In their joint project, they explore what intimacy and partnership can look like through the prism of art. Their work is a nod to sadomasochistic practices, rituals and other themes that lie in the shadows.
Beli Sladoled are an artist duo comprising Leon Zuodar and Miha Perne. Their adage is: being dead serious about not being serious. Primarily educated as painters, they look for any excuse to do weird, funny drawings on as many different surfaces as possible. These often end up in various zines, books and other printed ephmera. They also share a mutual love for wild facial hair.
Simon is a painter through and through. His life and career are connected to paint and brushes in one way or another, but when he gets tired of them, he often turns to paper. While his paintings are often characterised by obscure figurativism and large shapes, his drawings embrace the line much more prominently. Often using the copy machine as his way of expression, Simon is known for combining dark, weird toner creations with high-contrast paper in cute colors.
Lucija Rosc represents a younger generation of photographers in Slovenia. Her work is often expressed in form of photo series dealing with certain phenomena, from birthday sculptures that are part of slovenian village folklore to experimental representation of objects coming from her childhood. Her series usually find final form in shape of zines and artist books.
When not on bike or behind a computer, Marko Šajn usually spends time in his studio painting or printing. Starting as a colorful screenprinter who cut his teeth through as many screens as possible, he slowed down a little bit, trying new more sober shapes and figuralics that find peace on his canvas works. Part of his process is preparation for bigger work through drawings. Those serve him as a test for forms and figures which sometimes find new life in format of zines, often printed in riso technique.
MARKO K. GAVEZ
A man of many talents and styles is an avid producer of images that take many different forms. It can be a mural, large scale painting, drawing in a sketchbook or short animation. He is always striving for a something new and exciting, trying and pushing the edge as much as possible. His style can go through many transitions, from very detailed architecture drawing, to simple abstract shapes, yet he always succeeds in catching attention of the bystander.
HIŠA KULTURE PIVKA
Run by curator Mojca Grmek and artist Leon Zuodar, Hiša kulture Pivka is one of the melting pots of slovenian contemporary art, even though they are located far away from the usual focus points of slovenian art. That doesnt stop them to produce a new exhibition every month. Besides that they organise additional programme of workshops that are mixing graphic techniques with current ideas and concepts that connect local environment with art.
In collaboration with Look Back and Laugh