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  Zone Urban

21.11. - 13.12.2011

UBA / painting Section
6 Shipka Str. / Sofia

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  Apocalypse : Database

17.06. - 07.07.2011

Rayko Alexsiev Gallery / Sofia
125 Rakovski Str.

Real Apocalypse
Statistics show that last year, the world had encountered a record number of natural catastrophes - 850. From 2008 onwards, in such disasters over 300 hundred people have died. Not counting victims of wars, attacks, AIDS or the flu...

The fact is that global warming has led to  temperature record, causing massive and destructive fires. The ones near Moscow (2010) forced the city to evacuate. At the same time natural imbalance has led to massive floods in Poland.

In the world ocean half of the plankton has died out and in Bolivia due to freezing 27 species became extinct. Europe suffered huge economic losses, because of the volcano eruptions in Iceland. The fate of people in Turkey and Haiti changed forever after a devastating earthquake, which they have experienced recently. And in Iraq it was snowing for the first time in 100 years. We had just forgotten the events in Chernobyl and the horrifying tsunamis caused by earthquakes, when Japan caused crisis after the radiation accident in the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The apocalypse is real this time. Enduring facts that overweigh each and every dramatic and tragic prophet ever made we change, transform and build up just like the world in which we live. A series of warnings or an upward sequence leading to the end, perhaps in the archives of this reality there is a way out, a way to salvation.

Ukrainian SSR, Chernobyl 1986
  Sarcophagus, 6 pieces 57/40   Sacrifice 6 pieces 57/90
  Iceland, Eyjafjallajokutl 2010
Haiti, Port-au-Prince 2010
  Gulf of Mexico 2010
  Japan, Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami 2011



  The Big Bang

15.03. - 30.04.2011

Curator Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Credo Bonum Gallery / Sofia
2 Slavyanska Str.

April 26, 2011, marks the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, last century’s biggest nuclear catastrophe. One can tell neither how many years will be needed for the restoration of the natural balance around the nuclear power plant, nor if this is possible at all. Struggling to come up with a radiation-resistant DNA, nature has produced curious results there. The Ukrainian museum dedicated to the 1986 disaster houses authentic cases of deformations and mutations that followed the exposure of radiation. An extraordinary fact has been reported: a quarter of a century later, rare and endangered animal species were seen returning to the Chernobyl region in complete isolation. Their adaptation to the poisoned wasteland appears to be more successful than that to the presence of humans.

Mutations / Deer
  Mutations / Horse
  Mutations / Jackal
  Mutations / Wolf








  The Bold and The Beautiful

9.03. - 24.03.2010

Curator Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Raiko Aleksiev Gallery / Sofia
125 Rakovski Str.

I’ve been following the work of these artists for some years now, and what has caught my attention is how identical they are in their ways towards art. For them, form always precedes meaning. They have firm belief in the tradition they were brought up in. In beauty, too. Nevertheless, they have made the extra effort and have debunked beauty’s fickle nature and exposed as inadequate its capacity to provoke. They have taken up all the technology that the modern day has to offer, and armed with it have ventured into the open, out of the studio. This undertaking  has resulted in which, in their art, beauty is now a new category, it is the product of the here and now, one that has given the cold shoulder to the musty and conservative ideal. It can be disfigured, imperfect, transitory or misleadingly not man-made. It can be even ugly. And yet it holds their skills to draw, paint and carve the stone.
These observations of mine were confirmed when I brought these six artists together for this project. Indeed, they think in the same way over different problems. ITHIER work, form and material are staring points from which they embark on experimenting with content. It is also where the dilemma appears, if and to what extent they should commit to topical matters or engage in philosophical musings. But whatever it is, they have continued to draw upon the experiences of the present with equal measures of curiosity and respect.
This, ultimately, is the reason why the current exhibition is dedicated to beauty as a synonym for all the traditional values in art and the boldness to challenge them or refashion them.

Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva

Landscape Perforation I
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  Landscape Perforatoion II
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17.11. - 24.12.2009

Zeniths Gallery / Sofia
2 Slavyanska Str. some point we realize that we are part of an encoded program
to move forward
to walk and to run
to race and to overtake
to win
to reach the final
We build civilizations because of this endeavor. We are prepared to do anything in order to achieve it:
to fall  in love
to be jealous  
to betray
to win
to get together  
to break up   
to kill
We discover continents, we discover lives. We fight our wars, after which we build our buildings. We dig deep into the earth to find treasures but we leave our bodies there. We seek the philosopher’s stone. We get into rockets and fly out of here.
And all this with the clear understanding that we will lose, that we are doomed, that this life won’t be enough, that we can’t climb high enough to take a good look at all this. So we keep going, we keep building, we keep loving, we keep dying...

Utopia I
  Utopia II
  Utopia III
  Utopia IV
Utopia V
  Utopia VI
  Utopia VII

  all images copyright © Ivo Bistrichki, 2013