Curator: Vesselina Sarieva
Sarieva Gallery, Plovdiv
Capsule showcases previously unshown works by Sasho Stoitzov, revealing a very personal side of the artist, which allows us to take a peek „behind the scenes“ of the creative process of one of the best known names of the Bulgarian avant-garde. The title of the exhibition resembles its essence, similar to the well-known „time capsules“. They capture memories to be unsealed and revisited in the distant future, when society has changed and evolved. The viewer opens Stoitzov’s time capsule and is immersed in a deeply personal space, grounded and constructed by notes, memos, preparatory drawings, family portraits and photographs from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The processes of formation and emanation of his artistic language organize the focus of the exhibition Capsule.
Tekla Aleksieva was born on 2 November 1944 in Sofia. She became known for the original covers she created between 1979-1989 for the books in the science fiction series Galactica Library of the Publishing House Georgi Bakalov. Tekla is one of Sarieva/Gallery’s Rediscovery artists.
Although she has an incredible popularity and presence in the media environment in Bulgaria and a following of fans, Tekla Aleksieva has no solo exhibitions in representative galleries and museums in Bulgaria and abroad until 2019 “The Galaxies of Tekla” exhibition at SARIEV Gallery, Plovdiv in 2019 is the first analytical presentation of her work. Today Tekla participates in group and general exhibitions in private and international institutes, mainly in Sofia.
In her works, the bold colors, the originality of the compositions and frames, the attention to detail were combined with a sense of the object and the material environment. Tekla’s sense of the absurdity and stagnation of the seemingly dynamic urban everyday life of late socialism was refracted through the visual codes of a surprisingly vital imagery.
The presented work, called Sinking, was created in 1987, after Aleksieva was inspired by a dream she had. The piece follows her surrealistic line of work and its one of her few preserved artworks on canvas. Sinking hasn’t been shown in front of an audience up until now.
More information about Tekla Aleksieva
Pravdoliub Ivanov’s work Double Ornaments has been acquired by Neues Museum Nürnberg.
“Regardless – smashed to smithereens (Fairy Tale Device Crashed, 2013) or shattered by stones (Ornaments of Endurance, 2011 and Ornaments on Demand, 2013), Persian carpets are for the artist a symbol of smashed reality rather than of the exotic Orient; perhaps even a symbol of the fairy tales inside each one of us. Looking immaculate and beautiful, the carpets in these installations are destroyed in a way that is highly atypical for them; they are smashed to pieces, just as usually happens metaphorically with notions and ideals.”
Luchezar Boyadjiev, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Stefan Nikolaev, Nedko Solakov / ICA-Sofia
July 22 – October 30 2022
University of Prishtina, Faculty of Arts Gallery
The Influencing Machine
June 24 – July 6 2022
Curator: Aaron Moulton
Daniel Baker, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Mike Bouchet, János Brückner, Chris Burden, Joshua Citarella, Nina Czegledy, Ole Dammegard, David Dees, Constant Dullaart, Dorian Electra, Jacob Broms Englom, Jakup Ferri, Ivan Fijolić, Adrian Ghenie, Ivan Grubanov, Ole Häntzschel, Jacob Hurwitz-Goodwin, Christian Jankowski, Hortensia Mi Kafchin, Corporate Kafka and others.
Two days presentation of catalogue and interactive video game
July 4 – July 5 2022
Organised by Samuel Ferstl / grains
The catalogue is kindly sponsored by LFA Förderbank Bayern
What Can Be Done?
July 9 – September 25 2022
Curator: Michaela Geboltsberger
Anatoly Belov, Aldo Giannotti, Anna Jermolaewa, Dariia Kuzmych, Alicja Rogalska, Rayyane Tabet, Anna Witt
Capsule – Sasho Stoitzov
Short movie about the exhibition Capsule by Sasho Stoitzov
While remaking the images, I’m trying to humanize them, says Luchezar Boyadjiev
Luchezar Boyadjiev’s catalogue „Re-building the World of Images“
Light and Dust
Opening: July 14th, 17:00-21:00, artnewscafe, Plovdiv
Sarieva/Hub is pleased to present Dimitar Genchev’s solo show Light and Dust. The exhibition showcases new works by the painter. Light and Dust marks the beginning of events in the space of artnewscafe, exhibiting the latest artworks by artists.
Dimitar Genchev (b.1985 in Bulgaria) lives and works in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He received his education from the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht, and participated in the residency programme at Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. His works have been exhibited in Museum De Domijnen Hedendaagse Kunst, Sittard, the Netherlands, Sofia City Art Gallery, the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Kaskadenkondensator, LISTE international contemporary art fair in Basel and Gerhard Hofland gallery in Amsterdam, among many other spaces.
Views from Luchezar Boyadjiev’s retrospective catalogue launch at Plovdiv Reads
The catalogue can be bought at artnewscafe at the price of 25 lv.
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© Vanessa Popova © Maria Djelebova ©Tekla Aleksieva, Sinking, 1987 1996 ©Pravdoliub Ivanov, Double Ornaments, 2016 ©Kamen Stoyanov, A realist or a Dreamer, 2022, 4k, 27 min. ©Luchezar Boyadjiev, Project for a Monument to George Soros – scale model 01, exhibition view from “The Influencing Machine” at Gallery Nicodim, 2019, photo by Dan Vezenten ©Pravdoliub Ivanov, From the series Non-Works ©Vladislav Sevov © Light and dust, 2022, oil ,acrylic and epoxy on canvas, 140 x 100 cm. ©Vanessa Popova for Plovdiv Reads. ©Ivan Shishiev and Ekaterina Kalugina