For its debut at Artissima, SARIEV Contemporary prepared a special project for the Dialogue section presenting prominent artists represented by the gallery: Pravdoliub Ivanov, Luchezar Boyadjiev and Rada Boukova. Two of them – Luchezar Boyadjiev and Rada Boukova – will be exhibited for the first time at Artissima.
The concept of the booth is organized around the installation “So Many Reasons…”, 2004 by Pravdoliub Ivanov. The installation is hosting and creating a dialogue with works by the other presented artists – Rada Boukova with “Vitrines series” from 2014, “Bread”, 2013, and selected drawings from Luchezar Boyadjiev’s historical cycle of drawings “Crucifixion for the Fisherman”, 1991-1992.
On the installation “So Many Reasons…”, 2004 Pravdoliub Ivanov says: “As my opinion, the problem of Intolerance/Tolerance is not matter of politic, human rights or political correctness. It is just matter of fragility. We need tolerance and owe it, because all we are fragile. Human beings, for good or bad are fragile – physically and psychically. So, there are so many “reasons” to be intolerant and only few for the opposite…”
The works by Luchezar Boyadjiev from the cycle “Crucifixion for the Fisherman”, 1991-1992 consisting of 150 drawings, were created in the time when he responded in several works to the vulgar reintroduction of, what he called – “religion without faith”, in the post-1989 Bulgaria. The drawings envision a multiplication of the figure of Christ in each and every one, believer or not – Jesus is depicted as a teacher nailed to a blackboard; as a body-builder; as an aboriginal; as an extra-terrestrial; as a family man whose presumed family with 4 children sleeps in a bed shaped like a cross; as a rain of nails over Golgotha and many more.
Sariev’s project for the booth includes two significant works by Rada Boukova – “Vitrines series” from 2014 and “Bread”, 2013. In most of her works Rada Boukova carries out accidental changes using daily objects, and the result is disturbing. The exhibited works might be seen as non-objects, not even images. They are more ephemeral webs of hints and codes for interpretation.
By exhibiting historical and new works, Sariev's booth with its strong yet delicate visuals presents a humane point of view to compromise, tolerance, faith and the magical nature of day-to-day life.
During Artissima fair, at SARIEV Contemporary’s booth will be presented the newly published book supported by the gallery "Introduction to Bulgarian Contemporary Art (1982– 2015)" by Vessela Nozharova, published by Janet 45 Publishing and Open Arts Foundation, Plovdiv.
SARIEV Contemporary is a multigenerational gallery considered one of the essential places for discovering contemporary art in Bulgaria. SARIEV Contemporary was founded by Katrin Sarieva and Vesselina Sarieva in 2011 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city. The gallery's activities have always extended beyond its physical space, as evidenced by the large number of satellite projects and educational initiatives in SARIEV's history.
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