Pravdoliub Ivanov, ‘Black Balloons’, 2013, SARIEV Contemporary

The work is based on short footage filmed during one of the daily peaceful, antigovernment demonstrations in the summer of 2013 in Sofia. On that particular
day, one of the protestors brought hundreds of black balloons and distributed them among the people. They blew them up and later, marching by the building of
the Parliament, which was heavily fenced off and blocked by the police forces, they began throwing their balloons into the guarded area. The speed of the movie
is slowed down and this mainly affects the recorded sound, since the policemen were motionless. No additional effects were added to the sound, which appears
almost as eerie as the display of state power.
Sandra Naumann, text from the catalogue, 2014

The work was shown as follows:
2013 What you See, solo show, Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Curator Daniela Radeva
2013 Unexpected Encounters, group show Camera Austria, co-produced by Steirischer herbst, Graz, Austria
2014 Future Past – Past Future, group show, An on-site exhibition within the framework of the Transmediale festival 2014, Berlin and online exhibition on the
2014 ArtUP! Platform, Curator: Sandra Naumann
2014 Chamber of Uncertainty, solo show, Krinzinger Parterre Gallery, Vienna
2014 Just Another Boring Day, solo show, Gallery Le Guern, Warsaw
2014 AN EPIDEMIC OF AMNESIA, Videos on Stage Program, Curator Başak Șenova, ArtInternational Istanbul
2015 Art for Change 1985-2015, curated by Maria Vassileva, group show, Sofia City Art Gallery

About Pravdoliub Ivanov