In September 2020 Sariev, Plovdiv and Office for Art, Berlin, are launching an initiative to found a Circle of Friends for Bulgarian Art.
The aim of the association will be to create a common platform for experts and art lovers, to focus on certain topics, issues and areas in art, to provide knowledge and educational mediation, to give support for art, artists, initiatives, institutions and to network internationally. Its initial focus is the Bulgarian contemporary art scene. The Circle of Friends for Bulgarian Art is organized independently by Vesselina Sarieva (Sariev, Plovdiv) and Rainald Schumacher, Nathalie Hoyos (Office for Art, Berlin) and manages itself. It is only responsible to its members.
Over the coming months, the initiative will be accompanied by exhibitions and encounters with artists, works of art and actors in the cultural field and will lead to the legal and official founding of the Circle of Friends. All such encounters will take place in compliance with all health regulations and rules of personal conduct. But we are convinced that it is even more important to support art, artists and initiatives now, in this fragile situation.
The first steps on the path are marked by the exhibition series Force of Attraction.
Now More Than Ever
Kasia Fudakowski – Vesselin Sariev
Curated by Rainald Schumacher and Nathalie Hoyos
Opening ‪18.09.2020, 17:00 – 20:00 
еxhibition presented at SARIEV gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
in co-operation with the Open Arts Foundation
Why should an artist create new works for a solo exhibition opening on June 21, 2020, after the lockdown? Artwork by Berlin-based Kasia Fudakowksi to be displayed inthe exhibition 'Now More Than Ever' in Plovdiv from 18.09. –  to 31.10.2020 is presenting 80 statements to answer thisquestion. However, the text of the Fudakowksi’s art work goes far beyond the threatening topicality of the pandemic. It raises fundamental questions about the role of art and the role and responsibility of the artist towards herself and towards society. 'Now More Than Ever' also means that in the current situation there is  the chance, if not the need, to rethink the entire system of the art market, artist studio and gallery operations and the presentation of art works in general.
In parallel with the woodcut prints by Kasia Fudakowski, the exhibition aims to lay stress on the attraction of historic lines in the language of art. A few of the beautiful and important visual poems from the early 1990’s by Vesselin Sariev will be displayed and create a bridge between the early beginning of free and contemporary art in Bulgaria and the recent discourse about the role and function of art.
Kasia Fudakowksi was born in 1985 in London. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Vesselin Sariev (Sarieff) was born in 1951 in Plovdiv and worked as a poet, historian and publisher. He died in 2003 in Plovdiv. 
The first exhibition of the Force of Attraction series in Plovdiv marks the official founding of the Circle of Friends for Bulgarian Art by Sariev gallery, Plovdiv and Office forArt, Berlin.


The first exhibition of the Force of Attraction series in Plovdiv marks the official founding of the Circle of Friends - Bulgarian Art by Sariev, Plovdiv and Office forArt, Berlin.

The project is a co-operation with the Open Arts Foundation, and is supported by the Municipal Foundation Plovdiv 2019 und IFA Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen

The project is a co-operation with the Open Arts Foundation, and is supported by IFA Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen  and the Municipal Foundation Plovdiv 2019.





Sariev Gallery and Office for Art create a Circle of Friends for Bulgarian Art, BNR, 24.09.2020

'Circle of friends' will support Bulgarian contemporary art, Dnevnik, 3.10.2020

'Circle of friends' will support Bulgarian contemporary art, Bulgarian National Television, Kultura.BG, 12.10.2020

Kasia Fudakowski and Vesselin Sariev at Sariev Gallery, Art Viewer, 30.10.2020

Sariev Gallery in Plovdiv and Office for Art platform have started a series of exhibitions and in 2021 bigger plans are forthcoming, Capital, 22.11.2020