SARIEV Contemporary remains the only Bulgarian gallery to ever participate in Art Cologne. For its second
participation at Art Cologne SARIEV Contemporary has decided to present selection of artworks including installation, objects, drawings and painting by Pravdoliub Ivanov, Vikenti Komitski and Kamen Stoyanov. The selected artists represent specific aesthetics and attitude to the world, all of them playing with contemporary topics and still keeping away from being declarative or manifestive. All tree artists represent typical for the contemporary Bulgarian scene combination of criticism, humor and lightness.
Pravdoliub Ivanov, who was presented last year with drawings and works on paper, will now show the large-scale
installation “Trouble is Always Double”. Typical for Ivanov’s work is the sense of absurdity which may be interpreted both as existential and political attitude to the world, which is also the case with the installation in question. In Ivanov’s work the flag occurs often as a problematic symbol of division and separation. “Trouble is Always Double” is a project from the 90s and historically continues aesthetically and conceptually the line of Ivanov’s iconic work “Territories”, included in the biennials in Istanbul (1995) and Berlin (2006). Beside the installation Ivanov will also be presented with a painting and a laser cut object.
Vikenti Komitski is one of the most promising Bulgarian young artists, whose work has received critical acclaim. In 2011 he won the BAZA Award for young artists (the most important prize in the country) and ever since he is active internationally, participating in various group exhibitions and project. He has worked with curators such as Walter Seidl and Rene Block. At Art Cologne Komitski will show his work "Always Here, Never There", a lenticular print that caries a poetic statement drawn from psychology as a mechanism for self-assertion based on absence. As an artist Komitski is not a new name for the professional scene in Germany – he has lived in Berlin for the past three years and participates regularly in group shows in the country since 2012.
The third artist presented by SARIEV Contemporary will be Kamen Stoyanov. He is well-known for his performances, interventions and actions. In the past 15 years his works has been exhibited in major institutions and galleries and in 2016 at Manifesta 11 he presented a performance from his newest series of projects with performative drawing. Similar to Pravdoliub Ivanov’s approach and to Vikenti Komitski’s ready-made, his work also bares a sense of absurdity confronting questions such as the artist’s creativity and position in the world. Kamen Stoaynov will be presented with a neon, an artist book and drawings.