Petra Varl: Kisses and Hugs … !

During the period of Maribor European Capital of Culture, the signs with motives of kisses and hugs by Petra Varl will be cheering and lighting us up from the street lamps all over the town. The author has already been placing her sign images from a previous cycle to traffic signs across town, but unfortunately they could not remain there. Unlike proper traffic signs that ban, limit or command, this time the author has chosen streetlamps, which will be disclosing the manifold forms of love, friendship and affection to to the passing people. The stories of couples kissing and embracing are being told by Petra Varl with a clean-line drawing in a simple painting language of signs. She invites us for a joyous stroll, and a playful exploration of the town's secret little places where her latest signs have been put up. From thirty different locations they will be addressing, encouraging or inciting ourselves to kiss or hug, right in the middle of the street, the crossing, under an arch, on the bridge, or in the park. Join us at the MMC KIBLA for the installation of  'Smoker', the final sign from the series!
dr. Alenka Spacal

About the exhibition

Opening: February 14th 2012 at 8pm
KiBela / KIBLA Maribor

KiBela, space for art, is open on weekdays between 9am and 10pm, Saturdays between 4pm and 10pm, closed on Sundays.

Support: EU-EACEA, Culture program, Brussels, Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Maribor, Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Youth.



Photos (Matej Kristovič)



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