The Ljubljana group is not homogeneous and its members are »institutional« and »non- institutional« people. The reason why we work together is that we all operate in the field of critical education and in this way we can combine different methods and experiences Fields of our research is a potential reform of the elementary school curriculum, migrations, exclusion etc.
The Ljubljana working group has been formed in October 2011 in order to join their experiences and professional knowledge to critically assess the influences of the ideology to the elementary school curriculum, especially regarding the arts education as well as to collect the case studies of emancipatory educational practices from the territory of ex-Yugoslavia. The members are: Adela Železnik, senior curator at the MG+MSUM (Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova), Darko Štrajn, PhD, professor and researcher at the Educational Research Institute in Ljubljana, Valerija Vendramin, PhD, senior research associate at the Educational Research Institute in Ljubljana and Božidar Flajšman, PhD, Professor of Fine Arts.
The initiator of the group is a senior curator at the Moderna galerija, who’s been interested in different forms of horizontal collaboration with various agents and collectives, based on the concept of emancipatory practices known as radical education. Working within the national institution for modern and contemporary art for 19 years she’s been endevouring to connect the fields of art, political activism and education. Being currently based at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova she tries to engage various local forms of radical education to empower both the MG+MSUM / Moderna galerija, an Eastern Europian institution endeavoring for an equal exchange of ideas in the international world, and other local agents likewise struggling against commercialization, creative industries and increasing ideologization of our local space.