Project “Genealogy of the Bulgarian Theatre Poster”

Project “Genealogy of the Bulgarian Theatre Poster” –
part of exhibition “Tree of Life. Genealogies of Bulgarian contemporary art”
Second Edition
9–31 July 2020
Albena Mihaylova - Benji
Lilyana Karadjova
Mariela Gemisheva
Nenko Atanasov
Gergana Mudova
The exhibition will be shown at ONE Gallery from 9 July to 31 July. It presents works by four Bulgarian artists from different artistic genres and groups, who, in addition to being artists, are distinguished experts in history and art criticism. Using techniques and media typical of their respective fields – video art and documents, posters, photography, fashion, etc. – they have visualised and textualised a specific period of Bulgarian art by each creating their own take on a “pedigree tree”. Their research is based on historical facts that have then been refracted through personal experience and participation in historical processes. This year’s edition features Albena Mihaylova-Bendji, Lilyana Karadjova, Mariela Gemisheva and Nenko Atanasov.
Genealogy of the Bulgarian Theatre Poster by Nenko Atanasov celebrates and chronologically intersects with some of the most significant artists making Bulgarian theatre posters. Starting from the teachers and pioneers who created this art form and its essence in the 1960s and taking us to the present day… This original arrangement is a subjective panorama of the names of artists who have left their mark on the most attractive and meaningful genre in poster art. This perspective distances the viewer from the impact of the work in question by focusing their attention on the personal signature of the poster artist. The autographs are arranged in a way that transforms them into shots constituting works of art that symbolise the order, influence and interconnection between different generations of artists.
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