In 2021, eight (women) artists blew up a replica of the Aljaž Tower in the Gabrovec quarry in collaboration with a certified blasting contractor. The explosion was a response to the increasingly nationalistic and conservative social climate in Slovenia. In a subversive move, the artists staged a fake terrorist action to question the current social situation.
Peak is a video performance on the meaning of a cultural heritage monument at a moment when it is being violently erased. It is an iconoclastic gesture, which is, by definition, the result of a revolt – most often against religious, political, or racial injustices. This gesture is multifaceted: on the one hand, it breaks with canonical thinking, on the other, the destruction of a symbol can re-establish that very symbol in a new, wider historical context.
At a time when society is becoming increasingly patriarchal and closed off, a strong artistic gesture is a necessity. – Eight artists
Eight artists: Urška Brodar (curator), Tajči Čekada, Tina Dobnik (producer), Meta Grgurevič, Olja Grubić, Betina Habjanič, Barbara Kukovec, Katarina Stegnar (curator)
Contributors: Boštjan Kačičnik, Igor Remeta, Teo Rižnar, Miloš Srdić, Jure Vlahovič
Special thanks: Hannes (ex-Peng), Kristina Aleksova, Dino Bauk, Primož Bezjak, Stanko Bohnec, Žiga Brdnik, Vuk Ćosić, Jernej Čampelj, Petja Grafenauer, Sven Horvat, Slavica Janošević, Miha Knific, Gorazd Lemajič, Andrej Mahne, Tine Mazalović, Tibor Mihelič Syed, Domagoj Pajtak, Arjan Pregl, Grega Repovž, Gašper Tesner, Žiga Vrtačič, Hannah Wiemer, Irena Woelle, Grega Zemljič; MG+MSUM
Production: The New Post Office (Maska Institute and Mladinsko Theatre); co-production: City of Women; organisation: City of Women in co-operation with Old Power Station; support: Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Ljubljana, JSKD.