Christo for Beginners by Luchezar Boyadjiev
August – November 2022
Sarieva Open Arts Program
Sarieva Gallery, Plovdiv
Christo for Beginners by Luchezar Boyadjiev is a project about what’s private and shared in both the physical space and the imagination. The artist engages with the public space and that involves the urban, the media, and the virtual environment. Luchezar Boyadjiev is activating them with artworks, visions, exhibition displays, actions and lectures while involving the collaboration of both his fellow citizens and colleagues. Christo for Beginners is the pilot project of the Sarieva / Gallery and the Open Arts Foundation within the Sarieva Open Arts program.
Learn more about the project on Open Arts Foundation’s website
Christo for Beginners – Stage I
Solo exhibition, part of Sarieva Open Arts Program
5 August 2022 – 30 September 2022
Sarieva Gallery, Plovdiv
The goal of the project “Christo for Beginners” is to create a space for debate and to kick of this debate – asking questions about the past, as well as about the future in our culture. The first stage of the project “Christo for Beginners” by Luchezar Boyadjiev within Sarieva Open Arts program will manifest an “exploratory mandate” for the creation of a massive, equestrian monument to Christo in Plovdiv. The so titled exhibition in Sarieva / Gallery and the „Walk and Talk” lecture tour given by the artist in the city environment will investigate the format, the locations, the public attitudes and the fantasy needed for the erection of such a monument.
My simple ideas intersect everyday life and fantasy, but I try to create works that do not belong either. I try to do art as a desperate attempt to explain the world to myself, constantly engaging my fears and hopes.
Since 24.03.2022, I couldn’t do anything, and my mind exploded from what had happened to Ukraine, a country only 147 km far from Bulgaria. So, I decided to grasp the hope, but that is the only drawing I have done since then.
— Pravdoliub Ivanov
Luchezar Boyadjiev, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Stefan Nikolaev, Nedko Solakov
Self-splaining (a Triumph of Empathy)
Part of Manifesta 14
July 22 – October 30 2022
University of Prishtina, Faculty of Arts Gallery
Stefan Nikolaev, Under Reconstruction, 2002, 2017
Yellow and blue plastic helmets, stenciled text
The helmets might be produced at different times and for two different contexts (Montenegro in 2002, and Bulgaria in 2017) but they imply the same constant process of see-saw transformation, typical for the Balkan region. This is the first time they are shown together.
Pravdoliub Ivanov, Protest Yourself, 2013-2022
Manipulated B&W photographs from the protests in Sofia in 2013; pens, hooks, rubber bands
Every day for more than three months the artist was protesting on the streets of Sofia against the corrupt government with a slogan in his hands. Now the visitors of the exhibition would be able to fill in the blank fields on the posters with their own message of discontent!
Luchezar Boyadjiev, Golden Age, Second Chance, 2015
Customized trampoline, metal, fabric; drawings printed on memory vests
The popular leisure device has been repurposed as a nostalgic outlet and a new beginning in human relationships.
Luchezar Boyadjiev, Rent-a-Gov, 1998/2022
Poster, various sizes, printed text
The work is a dystopian comment on the interaction between global and local politics, propositioning to failed states to hire (rent) governments of international experts, rather than holding elections, which reproduce their failures as states.
Nedko Solakov, Some of My Capabilities, 1995
Video, sound, 1’38’’. Digitally remastered: Kalin Serapionov, 2002
The simple, sometimes too simple…, capabilities of a young artist and man are demonstrated in this short video, which turns into a statement of self-belief and optimism.
Nedko Solakov, Silent (But as Rich as Only the Bulgarian Language Can Be) F Words, 2009
Video, sound, 2’07“. Camera and editing: Kalin Serapionov
The video is a reference to TV coverage of sports events, usually football, where one can lip-read the athletes’ cusswords. The “silent” F-words are directed at the rival team or the referee but in the video the “target” of abuse are the politicians hiding in some emblematic governmental building in the center of Sofia.
What Can Be Done?
Anatoly Belov, Aldo Giannotti, Anna Jermolaewa, Dariia Kuzmych, Alicja Rogalska, Kamen Stoyanov, Rayyane Tabet, Anna Witt, William Kentridge
The public space of Traiskirchen, Austria
Re-Building the World of Images – Launch of Luchezar Boyadjiev’s retrospective catalogue
This month Sarieva/Hub’s offical YouTube channel presents the launch of Luchezar Boyadjiev’s Re-building the World of Images catalogue. Iara Boubnova and Maria Tsantzanoglu join the artist in a discussion about his works moderated by Vesselina Sarieva.
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Exhibition Views from Dimitar Genchev’s Light and Dust
July 14th – August 14th 2022, artnewscafe, Plovdiv
Still life, industrial landscape or figurative composition. For me it doesn’t matter. What is important is that the subject matter I choose carries my alternative view of the world. I paint abandoned places that look beautiful or ordinary objects that look attractive. My time in the studio is spent constantly trying to create a beautiful image. These attempts alone make me feel useful and fulfilled. When I have nothing to say I paint, when I am lazy I try to paint, when I am not painting I think about painting. This is my weird obsession.
– Dimitar Genchev about his art
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This month we remind you of the performances „The Lunch“ (1988) and „Self-Portrait as Summer“ (1989) by Tsvetan Krastev. For any other investigations in the Open Art Files website you can go through the categories Topics, People, Spaces, Files, Publication and Video channel or use the search option in the top right.
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© Luchezar Boyadjiev, Horses running into the sunset, 2022 ©Luchezar Boyadjiev (Christo for Beginners), 2022, Memory Stacks ©Pravdoliub Ivanov, Few words, 2022 © Maria Nalbantova © Stefan Nikolaev @ Nedko Solakov ©Kamen Stoyanov, A realist or a dreamer, 2022 © Dmitar Genchev, Sweet gaze, 2022 ©Dimitar Genchev, Angry bird, 2022 ©Tsvetan Krastev, Self-portrait as Summer, 1989 ©Tsvetan Krastev, The Lunch, 1988 © Kosta Karakashyan, Memory Spirit Moves, 2022