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How Do You See Bulgaria.jpg - <dl><dd><strong>How Do You See Bulgaria?</strong>, 2007</dd><dd>light box, 150/106/15 cm, opal plexiglass, neon lamps, PVC foil</dd><dd><br /></dd><dd>The project  How Do You See Bulgaria? is realized after winning a contest initiated by the State Culture Institute as part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, titled "Together since 1957". The contest was held on the occasion of Bulgaria being accepted as a member of the European Union and the 50th anniversary from signing the Roman Treaty.</dd><dd> </dd><dd>How Do You See Bulgaria? was a part of the "Europe.аrt" exhibition in Sofia Art Gallery - April - May, 2007, the exibition "The Collection. New Acquisition"(Sofia Art Gallery, 2008) and the exhibition "From Ideology to Economy. Contemporary Bulgarian Art 20 years later", 2009( Moscow, Russia)</dd><dd><br /></dd><dd> </dd><dd><strong>Как виждаш България?</strong>, 2007</dd><dd>светлинно табло, 150/106/15 см., опалов плексиглас, луминесцентни лампи, РVС фолио</dd><dd><br /></dd><dd>Проекта „Как виждаш България?" е реализирана след спечелен конкурс на Държавен културен институт към МВнР с тема „Заедно от 1957г." Конкурса бе проведен по случай приемането на България в Европейския съюз и честването на 50 години от подписването на Римския договор.</dd><dd>Работата „Как виждаш България?" участва в изложбата „Европа.арт" в СГХГ- април, май 2007г., а също и в изложбата „Колекцията. Нови постъпления", СГХГ, 2008</dd></dl>

How Do You See Bulgaria?, 2007
light box, 150/106/15 cm, opal plexiglass, neon lamps, PVC foil

The project How Do You See Bulgaria? is realized after winning a contest initiated by the State Culture Institute as part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, titled "Together since 1957". The contest was held on the occasion of Bulgaria being accepted as a member of the European Union and the 50th anniversary from signing the Roman Treaty.
How Do You See Bulgaria? was a part of the "Europe.аrt" exhibition in Sofia Art Gallery - April - May, 2007, the exibition "The Collection. New Acquisition"(Sofia Art Gallery, 2008) and the exhibition "From Ideology to Economy. Contemporary Bulgarian Art 20 years later", 2009( Moscow, Russia)

Как виждаш България?, 2007
светлинно табло, 150/106/15 см., опалов плексиглас, луминесцентни лампи, РVС фолио

Проекта „Как виждаш България?" е реализирана след спечелен конкурс на Държавен културен институт към МВнР с тема „Заедно от 1957г." Конкурса бе проведен по случай приемането на България в Европейския съюз и честването на 50 години от подписването на Римския договор.
Работата „Как виждаш България?" участва в изложбата „Европа.арт" в СГХГ- април, май 2007г., а също и в изложбата „Колекцията. Нови постъпления", СГХГ, 2008
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In several of his works Samuil Stoyanov has introduced intervention into medical
charts normally used for testing the eye sight. Thus he is transforming the chart into an
artistic text to test out the visual abilities of the audience. This is a cycle of various attempts
to explore the boundaries between the physical act of looking and the mental
act of seeing, one of the always hot issues in art. In his work “How do you see Bulgaria?”
the question is diverted outwards in the direction of the analytical and even critical
attitude towards the state, which attitude is reduced to simple retinal recognition.
The artist is replacing the graphic symbol from the chart, which is devoid of meaning
and has simple practical function, with something that looks like pictogram, a sign or
even a stamp. The standard scheme from the chart determines certain positioning so
the shape of the country is there not as an image but as form. This is a geographical
quotation taken out of the context of the land so that it does not depend on either gravity
or politics. Thus one can verify if the viewers? perception will navigate the notion of
the “State of Bulgaria” or it will stay as just a reminder of a piece from the world. Here
thinking is modeled by the visual action.

Daniela Radeva, 2009

text from the catalogue of the exhibition "From Ideology to Economy. Contemporary Bulgarian Art 20 years later", 2009, Moscow, Russia