About Us


Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory (Ljubljana)

The association’s objective is to support and promote contemporary art and curatorial practices, art history and art criticism with a focus on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Building on the legacy of Igor Zabel – an influential Slovene art historian and curator (1958–2005) – the association enables research and explorations in the field of visual arts from a critical, translocal, and interdisciplinary perspective. The association’s recent activities focus on the ability of art, curating, theory, and art institutions to critically and creatively address diverse pressing questions about the future of life on our planet. Forest Encounters thus continues and enhances the association’s work around art and ecology and the need to develop reparative environmental encounters.

Forest Encounters associated partners in Slovenia
– Obrat Culture and Art Association (KUD Obrat)
– Slovenian Forestry Institute
– Department of Landscape Architecture, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana

Institute of Spatial Design (ISD), Faculty of Architecture, Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)

The ISD is part of the faculty of Architecture at the TU Graz. It follows investigations around space, from its development and design to the repercussions of the architectural elements and spaces on the body and society. It is an institute specialized in experimental spatial design focusing on processes. In particular, Dr.DI.Assoc.Prof. Franziska Hederer works around phenomenological ideas on the boundaries of architecture, creating next to Installation artist, curator, Project Manager and artistic researcher Nayari Castillo the programme development of Forest Encounters in Graz.

Forest Encounters opens up possibilities of international exchange for the ISD, fostering new ways of approaching architectural design in harmony with nature. The ISD will be in charge of the implementation of the Artistic Research project FOREST ASSEMBLAGES by Nayari Castillo that revolves precisely around coexistence and experimental spaces approaches in the context of the forest.

OUT OF SIGHT was founded by Dušica Dražić and Wim Janssen, in Antwerp (Belgium) in 2018. It is dedicated to the presentation of experimental audiovisual and hybrid practices. With exhibitions, public programs and publications we try to make visible the neglected, what tends to be labelled as different, marginal or even unwanted. The curatorial projects are built around international cooperations with artists, curators, researchers, organisations and the public at large.

Forest Encounters opens up the possibility to look at Forest as a transnational political, social and cultural collective entity. Forest as the space for the real and imagery, for the ephemeral and the ambiguous, where the poetic and the political meet.