October 2022

Read the whole Sarieva/Hub newsletter, including more images and visuals, by following this link.


Sarieva / Hub  includes Sarieva Galleryartnewscafe, Open Arts FoundationКабинѐт Art Advisory. This month’s issue presents more upcoming events, part of Luchezar Boyadjiev’s project Christo for Beginners. Aaron Roth discusses his artistic work and Pravdoliub Ivanov and Vesselina Sarieva will be lectors at Tuk-Tam Kosher 2022.

Sarieva Gallery

On View & Upcoming projects

Sarieva – Residency

Melania Toma
exhibition in progress

>4 October – 29 October 2022 – exhibition in progress
>5 October, 18:00-20:00 – open studio
>28 October, 17:00 – presentation of the exhibition by the artist and screening of a film about the residency
Sarieva/Gallery, Plovdiv

Sarieva – Residency is a program which presents artist with the opportunity to work in a new comfortable environment, to create and present works and projects, to collaborate with experts in the field. The residency combines artistic, research and educational activities in an innovative way. The artist works in an established art institution and in the creative environment of an always developing art city like Plovdiv. Melania Toma (b. 1996) grew up in Italy and is currently living and working in London. She is the third resident of Sarieva – Residency.

Learn more about the project on Sarieva/Gallery’s website

Christo for Beginners

Presentation and moderated conversation with the artist and experts

October 27th, 2022
public space in front of Sarieva / Gallery, Plovdiv, 18:30

New available works by Maria Nalbantova

Maria Nalbantova, Post-Tools #3, 2021
wrenches, cutting discs, 121 x 104 cm

I often work with found objects, images, materials and tools that become building blocks according to context in telling a particular story. One such example is the construction trolley turned seascape rebuilt, which is part of the Multiple Use series, 2019. I made it as a reaction to the overdevelopment of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, where numerous hotels, retaining walls and abandoned concrete complexes line our seaside, forming an often anti-utopian landscape for rest and relaxation.

— Maria Nalbantova

More works by Maria Nalbantova

artists news

Stefan Nikolaev

L’ami·e modèle
Group Show
October 15 – December 12 2022

Antide, Boris Achour, Saâdane Afif, Wilfrid Almendra, Virginie Barré, Martin Belou, Pierre Beloüin, Julien Beneyton, Olivier Blanckart, Lara Bloy, Rebecca Bournigault, Jean-Baptiste Boyer, Guillaume Bresson, Alain Bublex, Julien Carreyn, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and others

Mucem, Marseille, France


Nedko Solakov

Stories on Paper
Solo Show
October 8, 2022 – April 2, 2023

Georg Kargl Box, Vienna

Luchezar Boyadjiev

Animal Among Animals. Towards the world to come.
Group Show
October 8 – November 27, 2022

Camilla Alberti, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Manuela Braunmüller, Emma Ciceri, Sarah Ciracì, Regina Josè Galindo, Igor Grubić, Yolande Harris, Patrick Lopez Jaimes, Elena Mazzi, Natalia Molebatsi, Liliana Moro, Adrian Paci, Isabella Pers, Tiziana Pers, Caterina Shanta, Marie Voignier and others

Curators: Gabi Scardi and Lorenzo Michelli

Luigi Spazzapan Regional Gallery of Contemporary Art in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy


Nedko Solakov

Group Show
October 8, 2022 – April 2, 2023

Emily Bates, Beaurin Domercq, Katinka Bock, Miguel Branco, Giulia Cenci, Pascal Convert, Helmut Federle, Roland Fischer, Nan Goldin, Germaine Hoffmann, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Alicja Kwade, Lee Bul, Mark Lewis, Edward Lipski, Lutz & Guggisberg, Andrea Mastrovito, Rui Moreira and others

Curator: Marie-Noëlle Farcy

Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg


recent media

Jeanne-Claude for Beginners: Power girls

Dnes, Petya Slavova
In Bulgarian

Read Here

Plovdiv – Art in public space

Interview with Luchezar Boyadjiev

In Bulgarian

Listen here

Power girls help us understand Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Ploshtad Slaveykov
In Bulgarian

Read Here

Exhibition Views from The Presence of Absence

More information and pictures here

Vesselina Sarieva’s episode of Pristina is Everywhere

Vesselina Sarieva joins Manifesta’s podcast – Pristina is Everywhere. In the third episode of the series she presents her concept about „The Carpet“ as a meeting place in the art institution. She and her guest speaker Luchezar Boyadjiev encourage the audience and artists to contact them or use #TheCarpetMeetingPlace if they have any artistic ideas involving the carpet.

Listen Here

artnewscafé, Plovdiv

On view: Jeanne-Claude for Beginners

JEANNE-CLAUDE FOR BEGINNERS (or Power Girls in Public Space)
Group exhibition

Part of CHRISTO FOR BEGINNERS by Luchezar Boyadjiev
Sarieva Open Arts Program

Maria Nalbantova, Sophia Grancharova, Iskra Blagoeva, Natalia Todorova-Lenz, Aksiniya Peicheva, Boryana Rossa, Selma Selman, Kalina Dimitrova, Dessislava Terzieva, Mariela Gemisheva, Ina Valentinova, Šejla Kamerić, Ana Prvački

Curated by Luchezar Boyadjiev

September 9th – October 9th, 2022
artnewscafe, Plovdiv

More information and pictures here

Open Arts foundation


Open Art Files is a database and an archive of Bulgarian contemporary art. The content of the website consists of four sections: Topics, People, Spaces and Files, presented in а clear and accessible way. Each month Sarieva/Hub’s newsletter will present selected profiles, topics and files from the site.

This month we present to you Notes and Footnotes by Vera Mlechevska which is also available online. The publication glides by intuition on topics such as the institution and what’s beyond it, collectives and the routes they carry, the body and identity formation. In the section Publications you can find more information on the publications of the Open Art Files program, which give an in-depth and accessible overview of artists, artworks, and the historical processes connected to the Bulgarian contemporary art.


In Open Art Files’ new topic Kiril Vasilev talks about the significance of painting after the “end” of art, it’s comeback and characteristics. Read the whole article on the website.


Artnewscafe bulletin joins Open Art Files

Artnewscafe bulletin is a monthly newsletter with selected information about art events in Bulgaria and across the world, as well as career opportunities in art and culture.

The bulletin is now a part of the Open Art Files website. Read the October issue on it’s new page.

¬ cover : Brad Downey Artist Talk / Goethe-Institut Bulgarien, 1 Budapesta St. / October 10, 18.30, © Brad Downey, personal archive

In Support of the Eco System:
Кабинѐт Art Advisory

Кабинѐт Art Advisory provides a free consultation to young artists and entrepreneurs at the end of every month.

Book a slot at office@sarieva.org

Some of the projects mentioned in the newsletter were realized with the support of the National Culture Fund, Bulgaria.

© Vanessa Popova © Radostin Sedevchev ©Yana Lozeva ©Stefan Nikolaev, Two Faces ©Luchezar Boyadjiev, On Vacation: Alexander the Great from Thessaloniki”, 2004 © Nedko Solakov, Historical Decision, 1987, set of 7 drawings; charcoal, graphite, red chalk on paper; 70 x 100 cm each. Acquired for the Mudam collection. © Nedko Solakov, Leftovers from Fairytales, 2020 ©Sasho Stoitzov, Billy’s antiques & props, 2015

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