Sarieva / Hub includes Sarieva Gallery, artnewscafe, Open Arts Foundation, Кабинѐт Art Advisory. The February edition brings to you the latest news about our organizations. In the issue we’re presenting Sarieva/Galley’s upcoming exhibition by the young artist Aaron Roth – Бейж (Beige). Melania Toma shares more about her experience during her residency and we present some of her available works.
Phantoms and Other Illusions
February 11 – August 27, 2023
Dove Allouche, Alice Channer, Wolfgang Ellenrieder, Frederike Feldmann, Echo Can Luo, Marge Monko, David Zink Yi and others
Curator: Ludwig Seyfarth
KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION, Düsseldorf
Melania Toma was the international resident who transformed the space of Sarieva/Gallery in October of 2022. During her stay she created works inspired by the local traditions. Here’s what she had to say about the experience:
My dialogue with Sarieva / Gallery was very interesting. Spending time away from my studio in London I had the opportunity to explore new sides of my work. That opened up quite interesting results around especially notions of memory and space.
In Plovdiv, I found fertile ground for my research. I was exploring proto-Bulgarian symbology with a focus on the Great Goddess. I was fascinated by the combination of this figure merging together with the “tree of life” symbols in traditional tapestries.
During my field research, I investigated this eminent symbology to recreate a link between hallowed caves, holy stones, and savvy tools created by mankind. I’ve traveled around Karadjov Kamak, Dupchen Kamak, The Deaf Stones, Sakar Mountain, Gorno Lukovo and Utroba Cave, they all represent a meaningful part of my exhibition for Sarieva / Gallery “Cabin Utroba”.
Through these expeditions, I’ve collected some artifacts, carpets, and tools. They are the starting point of my research. After this, I was able to design a whole contemporary dimension through a direct dialogue between these bygone objects and my creative twist.
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This month we are presenting the profile of the artistic duo NINAVALE. NINA Kovacheva and Valentin Stefanoff have lived and worked together for several decades and during this time, they have created both individual and joint works. They have created numerous video and video installations designed for museum facades, public buildings and other public spaces.
“…Nina Kovacheva and Valentin Stefanoff’s collaborative works are actually an avenue to the authors’ and each spectator’s individuality. With their unalloyed vehicles of expression and with their well thought-out structure, they convey the message of the freedom of the individual in a contemporary society of complex social interrelationships. The road to this freedom goes through sharing rather than through isolation and closure. This is why their projects turn into spaces of genuine mental and emotional interaction…”
-Maria Vasileva / Sharing as an avenue to the self/ 2015
The archive for contemporary Bulgarian art Open Art Files has received its ISSN number and is now part of the international standard numbering system for continuing publications. We are looking forward to developing the site this year with even more profiles of artists and spaces, as well as topics from art professionals.
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¬ cover : Lyuben Zidarov / The Fairy-Tale World of Lyuben Zidarov / retrospective exhibition / Kvadrat 500, 1, 19th February St., Sofia / January 24 – March 26. ©Lyuben Zidarov, The Vampire’s Bride
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©Aaron Roth, Bobi’s couch, 2023 ©Aaron Roth, Balconies (beige), 2023 ©Lili Marto ©Nedko Solakov, From Illusions #1, 2014 ©Vanessa Popova ©Maria Djelebova ©Pravdoliub Ivanov, Childhood, 2014. All rights reserved to the owners of the images.