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23th Red Dawns | Saša Bezjak: “International Bezjak Red”

12 March 2022 You are kindly invited to the performance "International Bezjak Red" by Saša Bezjak on Saturday, 12 March, at
8 p.m., in the Alkatraz Gallery, ACC Metelkova mesto. The performance is a part of 23. International Feminist and Queer Festival Red Dawns. Application is mandatory.

performance of Saša Bezjak: International Bezjak Red

12.3.2022 at 8 pm

Alkatraz Gallery

ACC Metelkova Mesto

1000 Ljubljana

Application necessary at, subject: International Bezjak Red. The number of participants is limited.

Kindly invited to other events of the Red Dawns as well! 

At the festival Red Dawns, Saša Bezjak shall present herself with a performance entitled International Bezjak Red. The title is an allusion to the name of the festival, as well as a hint at the leitmotif of the performance, the red colour, which represents blood and symbolizes life and resistance.  Among other things, the work is an appropriation of the performance Anthropométries[1],, replaying the reference to the artist's International Yves Klein blue (colour). Saša Bezjak does not take the name of the paint too seriously and did not mix it in cooperation with the supplier of paints, but this does not mean that her work is humorous. However, the playful reference pertains to the questioning of the concept of genius, which is usually attributed to great artists. For the purpose of empowerment, she appropriates the work of one of the canonical artists of the 20th century, in order to take the meanings into her own hands and thus object to the appropriation of other (female) bodies and their objectification through works of art and in general. That is why she is anointed and painted red by a co-performer, Sandra Koprivnik, in a ceremonial dress tailored just for the occasion. Saša Bezjak is the one who prints the coloured outlines of her body on the fabric. The use of one's own naked body is also a recognition and femmage to female and all other bodies that do not conform to the the social, media-commanded norms of beauty, youth and adequacy. It is a commemoration of sincere, hairy, changing and aging body and a response to harmful demands on how we should look like, as well as an objection to suppression and restriction of all socially overlooked bodies and individuals that inhabit them. 

 With the inclusion of the authors' own body, an active emancipatory moment occurs, which subverts the apathetic-model attitude of Klein's objectified painting accessories — models, and calls into question the meaningfulness of the whole tradition of portraying objectified bodies. She emphasizes the statement by choosing a colour that contrasts the coldness of ultramarine tones. Her red is originally ox blood, and in the performance in question it is artificial blood for use in theatre. Through the symbolism of bleeding, she thus transforms suffering into the power of revelation (of nudity) under her own conditions. Rajko Muršič's musical performance with a deliberate instrumental approach, which includes the manipulation of guitar sounds with atypical musical aids, creates a creepy and at the same time exciting sound atmosphere, which only further emphasizes the dramatic nature of the bold revelation. But the performance is much more than the above-described: it is full of sparkling meanings and undertones that arise from the dark scene and come to the fore also through observers and their interpretations of events.


[1] As part of the POWER project [], the Association for the Promotion of Women in Culture -- City of Women, has produced several teaching materials for teachers, which, based on examples from works of art, bring young people closer to the topics of gender and power. One of the works discussed in the publication on page 61 is Anthropometry, to which Saša Bezjak's performance refers (

Saša Bezjak, born in Maribor in 1971, graduated in Sculpture from the Faculty of Education in Maribor in 1999 under the supervision of Prof. Darko Golija, and in 2001 in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana under the supervision of Prof. Metka Krašovec and Prof. Nadja Zgonik. At the same institution, she also completed a master’s degree in Sculpture under the supervision of Prof. Lujo Vodopivec. Since 2002, she has been working as a freelance artist accredited by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. In 2013, she was awarded the title Expert Adviser for the field Special Didactics by the University of Maribor. Her works revolves around drawing, painting, sculpture, embroidery, art actions, performances and teaching. For the past two decades, she has been mentoring youth and adults through her art workshops and organizing exhibitions of works made there. She liveas and creates in Gornja Radgona since 2006. She has presented herself in about 110 group and 60 solo exhibitions in Slovenia and beyond. She is engaged in the field of work with vulnerable groups and is a fighter fro womens' equality. Since 2013, she has been active in the Museum of Madness in Trate. Her works are part of many Slovenian art collections (Maribor Art Gallery; PAC Pomurje Academic Club; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška; Kibla Multimedia Centre; Murska Sobota Gallery) and abroad (Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection, Italy; Fondazione Pasqualle Batista, Italy).


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Organization: 23. Mednarodni feministični in kvirovski festival Rdeče zore
Production: KUD Mreža/ Rdeče zore, Saša Bezjak, Artists & Poor's, City of Women – Association for the Promotion of Women in Culture

Performance: Saša Bezjak, Sandra Koprivnik
Curatorial-organizational team: Ana Grobler, Saša Nemec, Sebastian Krawczyk, Lucija Zajc
Sound: dr. Rajko Muršič
Design of the poster and graphic design: Urška Preis
Graphic image of the 23rd International Feminist and Queer Festival Red Dawns: Urška Preis
Contacts for media and press: Saša Nemec,
Financial support  by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana
Financial support of particular events by the European Union - the ERASMUS + program and co-financed by the European Union under the European Solidarity Unit program.

Photo by: Ana Grobler & Urška Jež.


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International Bezjak Red, photo: Anita Škrlec International Bezjak Red, photo: Anita Škrlec