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  • Luchezar Boyadjiev. Sic Transit Media Mundi (The Present is Too Short and Rather Tight)
    14 Feb −11 March 2018

    Sofia City Gallery, Bulgaria Luchezar Boyadjiev. Sic Transit Media Mundi (The Present is Too Short and Rather Tight) 14/02 –  11/03/18 Curators: Iara Boubnova, Maria Vassileva, Vladiya Mihaylova and Daniela Radeva. Loan by Kontakt: Luchezar Boyadjiev, Home/Town, 1998/2018 (K321) Luchezar Boyadjiev is among the most prominent contemporary Bulgarian artists. A founding member of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Sofia and an author with an extensive international practice, Boyadjiev is a public figure with a particularly significant critical stance in the Bulgarian art scene. As an artist, curator, lecturer, he contributes to the establishing of new definitions and art practices in the country. This exhibition is his first retrospective in Bulgaria, which shows his experience of over 20 years of creative practice. It features works from the early 1990s until the present day, among them author's replicas and reconstructions of essential and rarely exhibited works. On display will be some of the artist's earliest works created in the chaotic times of euphoria and hopes for change immediately following the 1989 events. They have been exhibited primarily outside the country, and have been included in international historical exhibitions such as "Beyond Belief: Contemporary Art from East Central Europe", 1995, “After the Wall: Art and Culture in Post-Communist Europe”, 1999, “Blood & Honey / Future’s in the Balkans”, 2003, and many more. Over the years, the artist has participated in biennials, group exhibitions and conferences spanning from Sao Paulo to Santa Fe and Gwangju as well as almost everywhere in Europe. His works are part of many museum collections worldwide, the largest part of them in Bulgaria being owned by the Sofia City Art Gallery in its collection of contemporary art. Luchezar Boyadjiev’s entire creative work represents an accurate, richly humourous, knowledgeable and critical visual study of the present. It reveals his extensive knowledge of the Bulgarian and international history of art as well as of the current problems of modernity. His works are related to the reorganization of social, ideological and religious power hierarchies, with the shift in values and a study of the relationships between personal and public space, global and local territories, with the search for the points of intersection of capitalism and democracy, consumerism and the new lifestyle patterns. The artist is interested in the issues of the memory and the past that defines the profile of various locations and circumstances, but also in possible projections into the future. His works bring the two vectors together to shape the identity of the present. http://www.sghg.bg/en/?page=izbrana_izlojba&exhibition=2018.02.14-2018.03.11

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Flaka Haliti: Speculating on the Blue Pavillion of the Republic of Kosovo 56th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia 2015

The catalogue of Speculating on the Blue is published by Sternberg Press and designed by Bardhi Haliti. It includes essays by Flaka Haliti, Vanessa Joan Müller, Markus Miessen and Nicolaus Schafhausen.

For her solo presentation at the Kosovo Pavilion Flaka Haliti conceived the site-specific installation Speculating on the Blue reflecting on the meaning of borders, democracy, freedom and mobility.

The skeletons of barrier-like objects that occupy the exhibition space are a reference to the aesthetics of the concrete walls that are erected between nations and regions as a materialization of conflict. Haliti’s installation aims at de-militarizing and de-contextualizing this specific aesthetic regime by stripping the columns down to their material essence and juxtaposing them with elements that are by nature resistant to the concept of borders. In this scenario, the horizon and the blue pictorial ground create a counter image to the concept of borders and function as a tool to raise new perspectives. The interplay of the elements and the different images they generate is the artist’s method for creating an intermediate space that allows for the subjective experience of viewers engaging with her work.

Her approach is one of recontextualizing global politics through disconnection from its regime of appearance. The metaphor of the horizon, simultaneously emblem of possibility and enigma of our limitations is woven into the fabric of our past and present. By drawing on the universal meaning of this metaphor, the artist removes the image economy of the horizon from any specific spatial-temporal context and speculates on its validity as an eternal truth.

With Speculating on the Blue, Flaka Haliti positions the observer in an intermediate space that oscillates between expansion and confinement, proximity and distance; a space that opens up multiple temporal dimensions simultaneously and as a result is experienced as a work of constant actualization.

 

This publication is supported by Kontakt

 

 

  • Edit by: Flaka Haliti
  • Original Title: Flaka Haliti: Speculating on the Blue Pavillion of the Republic of Kosovo 56th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia 2015
  • Year: 2015
  • Publisher: Sternberg Press
  • Language: ENGLISH