press release

Tadej Pogačar | CODE:RED
Cooperation with P74Gallery
11.01.2020 - 29.02.2020

OPENING: Friday, 10.1.2019, 6pm
Brunch & Artist talk: Saturday, 11.01., 11am – 2pm

Thursday, 16.1., 6 - 9 pm: Gallery walk Schleifmühlgasse (Christine König Galerie, Gabriele Senn Galerie, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Unttld contemporary & Koenig 2)

New exhibition launch will be on Friday evening, the 10th of January at the galerie michaela stock. The exhibition is called CODE:RED by the Slovenian post-conceptual artist Tadej Pogačar. He is one of the most important artists and curators on the Slovenian art scene of the past thirty years. Pogačar explores and puts a spotlight on hidden, obscured and ignored social phenomena, groups, practices, and relations. Furthermore, he delves into the critical research on social and political issues as well as participatory and collaborative projects.

The exhibition in Vienna will present the project CODE:RED (1999 to today), which problematizes informal economic and self-organization models of sex workers, and human trafficking. The other part of the exhibition will be the project School’s Out (1997-2013). It deals with models of domination and control in the educational institutions of socialism and re-examines relationships between documentation, archives and history.

CODE:RED researches and discusses selected aspects of prostitution and sex work as a specific kind of parallel economy. The project takes the form of an open dialogue between artists, sex workers and the public in a selected micro-environment and within a local context. Sex work can no longer be viewed as a local or national phenomenon; it is a global phenomenon, involving migrant and mutli-cultural groups. CODE:RED has been carried out since 1999 in numerous cities just to name few of them: Venice, New York, Skopje, Tirana, Madrid, Zagreb or Bangkok.

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Tadej Pogačar was born 1960 in Ljubljana / Slovenia and studied ethnology and art history at the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts and painting and the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts. He is the founder and director of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art (www.parasite-pogacar.si), a virtual organization and a critical model he established in 1993. Pogačar has exhibited widely, most recently at the at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rijeka (2019), City Art Gallery, Ljubljana; including at the 10th Istanbul Biennial, the San Francisco Art Institute, the 49th São Paulo Biennial, NGBK in Berlin, the 3rd Tirana Biennial, ZKM Karlsruhe, the Stedelijk Museum, Sparwasser HQ in Berlin, Oyo Atomico in Madrid, the Museo de Arte Carillo Gil in Mexico City, and the Central House of Artists in Moscow. He received a Franklin Furnace grant in 2001 and a Shrinking Cities grant in 2004.