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04.04.2017 - 28.04.2017

, The Image is no Longer Available


The Image is no Longer Available, curator: Vessela Nozharova 
artists: 
Ivo Bistrichki, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Martina Vacheva, Philip Popoff, Radostin Sedevchev, Kalin Serapionov, Krassimir Terziev, Peter Tzanev 

The Image is No Longer Available is a three-part exhibition in three galleries at the same time. The project aims to explore the relationship between the contemporary artist and his/her visual environment. Artists often work with ready-made images they have found on the internet or recorded in the immediate surroundings of their everyday life. The way in which they imterpret, assimilate or simply recreate them lies at the basis of their creative process. This process, however, raises a lot of questions. At what point does the image become a work opf art and what is its independent existence from this moment on?

In this sense, The Image is No Longer Available is a very ‘artist-oriented’ exhibition. It focuses on the primeval object of visual art, the image. How does our attitude towards the image evolve in the context of the fast-changing visual, cultural, political and social environment we live in? Do we have sufficient understanding of the visual information that reaches us? How does the virtual world we are inhabiting, with its endless stream of images, affect contemporary art?

The image, which is the primary material for the creation of any work of art, is facing a serious challenge today. The overwhelming mass of visual information engulfing us every day is buried under layers of newer images, in a dynamic that doesn’t even give us the opportunity to reflect and get an understanding of what we saw. Our current lives have never been so profusely documented and so devoid of a historical analysis, of any memory of themselves.

The project is supported by the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award. 


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