The Ljubljana Street Art Festival 2022 edition has come to an end, with great flourish. We’ve been reporting on it here on BSA, and now we bid adieu to the uniquely creative organizers. They planned some unusual events and installations – painted with fire extinguishers and activated by fire, for example, or an extended definition of street art via phone assisted augmented reality. We particularly are gratified to see the conscious effort organizers and educators make to engage with the community and to open the experience of art on the street to adults and children.
With an informed balance of mind and heart, the festival presented an extensive program of talks, panels, and related social and performative events remain relevant and educational while entertaining. Screening the documentary Street Heroines – a documentary exploring courage and creativity in the female graffiti/street art scene – was undoubtedly a pinnacle, as was interviewing the intrepid director Alexandra Henry.
The fulsome academic program brought several speakers to examine the role of new technologies in the field of street art, the cross pollination of politics and sociological movements, the response “the street” has to war and propaganda, the intersections with sport culture, and the built environment as memoryscape. As ever, speakers and audience together contemplated our ongoing struggles to define the vagaries of a vast street art practice worldwide presents.
In addition to the presenters and participants in the program, we extend our congratulations to the excellent team of organizers and curators, to the talented artists and photographers, to the team of volunteers, and of course, to the host city of Ljubljana and their welcoming residents. Or special gratitude to photographer Crt Piksi, who shares his documentation here with BSA readers. Until next year…