Alberta Pane (Paris, Venice) presents a solo show by Bulgarian artist Ivan Moudov, who provides a critical and corrosive analysis on political and social conventions, casting a critical eye on the 'machinery' of art and the seemingly fixed and rigid rules regulating it.
Bulgarian artist Ivan Moudov provides a critical and corrosive analysis on political and social conventions, casting, in particular, a critical eye on the machinery of art and the seemingly fixed and rigid rules regulating it. Beeing a strategic player, Moudov uses different institutional frameworks (galleries, museums, etc.), while disclosing the paradoxes of the art system. He questions the legitimate perception of what is “art”, raising the issue of authorship and value attribution. His critique addresses not only the art institution as a power structure but exposes the dominant position of the Western notion of critique itself. It is, therefore, not surprising that the gestures and artworks associated with the practice of such critical artists as Ivan Moudov appear to be controversial, even scandalous. Moudov purposefully and resourcefully attacks the apparatus of self-critique practiced by Western artists as an attempt to assuage the feeling of guilt resulting from their participation in the existing market and power systems. Moreover, his works often provoke situations that bring about confusions in the expectations and routines of the public: they might look like tricks because of the quick change of the context and the point of surprise for the spectator, but actually they reveal specific contradictions or possibilities within the world of art. Today’s existence of this world on both global and local level, as well as the divergence of these two – expressed through the paradoxes of the context – are the artist’s main topics.