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Sep 23, 2015

Focus Bulgaria at viennacontemporary 2015


by Open Arts Foundation and Sariev Contemporary

24 - 27 September 2015 

Vernissage: 23 September, 6-9 pm 
Vernissage Focus Bulgaria: 23 September, 7 pm
Marx-Halle, Vienna
Booth C16/C24
Focus Bulgaria at viennacontemporary 2015 is the first overview of Bulgarian contemporary art at an international art fair. It consists of a thematic exhibition (curated by Iara Boubnova and Vessela Nozharova), of panel discussions and informal talks (curated by Dessislava Dimova), of historical comments on the context in the country, of quotations and explanations as well as of a publication (conceived by Boris Kostadinov).



Exhibition Variofocus – ARTISTS
Curators: Iara Boubnova and Vessela Nozharova 

Participating artis
ts: Adriana Czernin, Alexander Valchev, Aleksandra Chaushova, Alla Georgieva, Anton Terziev, Boryana Rossa, Borjana Ventzislavova, Daniela Kostova, Destructive Creation, Emil Mirazchiev, Dimitar Solakov, Georgi Dimitrov, George Ruzhev, Ivan Moudov, Ivan Kostolov, Ivo Bistrichki, Iv Toshain, Irina Georgieva, Iskra Blagoeva, Kalina Dimitrova, Kalin Serapionov, Kamen Stoyanov, Kiril Kuzmanov, Kiril Prashkov, Kosta Tonev, Krassimir Terziev, Lazar Lyutakov, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Lubri, Maximilian Pramatarov, Mariela Gemisheva, Monika Popova, Miryana Todorova, Nedko Solakov, Nestor Kovachev, Nina Kovacheva & Valentin Stefanoff, Nikolay Zanev, Oleg Mavromatti, Petja Dimitrova, Plamen Dejanoff, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Samuil Stoyanov, Sasho Stoitzov, Stanimir Genov, Stefan Nikolaev, Stela Vasileva, Valio Tchenkov, Vasilena Gankovska, Veronika Tzekova, Vikenti Komitski, Vitto Valentinov, Vladimir Mitrev, Voin de Voin, Yasen Zgurovski, Zara Alexandrova, Zoran Georgiev



TALKS

24-27.09., 12-3 pm at Focus Bulgaria (C16/C24)
Objects moving minds in space
Conversations with artists, public interviews, informal talks and debates 
Curator and moderator: Dessislava Dimova


25.09., 2 pm at viennacontemporary Talks area
20four7 – Contemporary Collecting: Spotlight Bulgaria – which role do fine arts play in the country that joined the EU in 2007?
Collectors talk with Nedko Solakov, Gaudenz B. Ruf and Spas Roussev 
Moderator: Rainald Schumacher. 

27.09., 3.30 pm at viennacontemporary Talks area
Focus Bulgaria: Variable in appearance, sometimes vaporous, sometimes as plastic paste.
Conversation piece directed by Dessislava Dimova


FOCUS BULGARIA READINGS
Focus Bulgaria free publication, editor: Boris Kostadinov 
A collection of various catalogues and books on contemporary Bulgarian art. 

ARTISTS’ SELF PRESENTATIONS
A collection of 90 second video self-presentations of Bulgarian artists and their practices responding to the Focus Bulgaria Open Call. 

Focus Bulgaria is organized by the Open Arts Foundation and Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv, in cooperation with the Institute of Contemporary Art-Sofia and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation. It is kindly supported by Gaudenz B. Ruf (Zurich/Sofia), the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, the National Culture Fund, Bulgaria, the EVN Collection, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and is organized in partnership with the BKI Haus Wittgenstein in Vienna, Ogilvy Sofia and Pulsio Print.


Images:

Kalin Serapionov, In Dialogue with Myself Reflection, 1997. A series of 3 photographies, C-print, 20 x 30 cm each, framed. Part of the project Do You Feel You Are Different?, 1996-1998

Nedko Solakov, Drawing for
A BG Bar, 2005, black drawing and wash on paper, 21 x 29,7 cm. Courtesy of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna)

Pravdoliub Ivanov, Tools, 2013, B&W photo, newspaper, printed paper, 85 x 116 cm framed, edition 2

Samuil Stoyanov's work at Focus Bulgaria is:


20 Billion Stars, 2012
Action, ceramic stars, photographs, plexiglas

The present work "20 Billion Stars" is part of a series of similar boxes and uses as material photo-documentation and artefacts of action (of the same name) held by the artist for 30 days in the summer of 2011.
During the renovation of the central square of his home-town (Dobrich, Bulgaria) Samuil Stoyanov goes regularly to the work-site and casts ceramic stars from red clay in the still wet concrete. Inlaid and built up stars creates a new map of a universe, which, unfortunately, will probably remain undiscovered forever.

The square named "Svoboda" (Freedom) has a total area of about 150,000 square meters, which are overlapped entirely.

The funding of the reparation of "Freedom" Square is OPRD of the European Union and the action of the artist is made within the project "Art of Urban Intervention", which is supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.