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ART POSITIVE 2022

Kapana Gallery
Plovdiv, 29 Rayko Daskalov Street

23.03. - 20.04. 2022
Opening: 23.03.22, 18 pm

Work time:
Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 h
day off: Monday

FREEDOM

The 15th edition of Art Positive shows us again an exciting topic - about freedom, eternal and increasingly relevant in the modern context of the war. Although created and planned before these events, the works in the exhibition seem to add new dimensions that bring us even closer to the meaning of this topic.
With this topic, we hope to shake off our excessive focus on the pandemic and take a full look at the painful, never-ending and complex issue of freedom. With this topic, we hope to shake off our excessive focus on the pandemic and take a full look at the painful and yet eternal and complex issue of freedom. The search, as well as the embodiment of freedom, are primordial human dimensions that should unite and elevate us all. Freedom as a collective, not just an individual phenomenon, carries within itself a conscious responsibility to others, as well as to the social and natural environment. It is actually the key to a better world.
Freedom can be seen through various social, political, cultural, artistic and spiritual thematics - such as freedom and society; freedom and social differences; political forms of freedom; freedom, gender and sexuality; freedom and ecology; spiritual, physical and creative dimensions of freedom, and others. Reflections on the many aspects of freedom will be presented through the innovative approach of Art Positive, which will bring together young and already established artists together to exhibit works to us using all mediums of contemporary art.
Text: Kalina Peycheva

Participants: Aaron Roth, Biser Kirilov, Velina Hristova, Dorian Bolca, Eva Petkova, Elena Savova, Emi Kurtova, Emil Mirazchiev, Women of the Edge, Iva Vacheva, Ivan Ivanov, Ivan Karev, Ivelina Ivanova, Iliana Manukova, Mira Mohsen, Mitch Brezunek, Nadia Genova, Osman Yuseinov, Petar Kochevski, Sarkis Nersesyan, Sevdalina Kochevska, Sofia Grancharova, Harita Asumani, Yana Kostova.

The exhibition is realized with the financial support of the Municipality of Plovdiv and the
National Fund "Culture"

Media partners: BNT2, Radio Katra FM, MediaCafe, въпреки.com, Pod tepeto

Art Positive is a project of the Art Today Association, a member of the international network of German cultural societies abroad at the Goethe-Institut.


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Center for Contemporary Art – Plovdiv

Open Call

Artists working in Plovdiv are invited to present a project for the exhibition FREEDOM, the fifteenth edition of ART POSITIVE, which will be held from March 23 to April 20, 2022. in Kapana Gallery, Plovdiv. If you wish to submit a project, please send an application to office@arttoday.org for detailed information. Projects are accepted until February 5, 2022.

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WEEK OF CONTEMPORARY ART 2021

CONTEXTUS
TEMPORARY ARTISTIC INTERVENTIONS IN A PUBLIC ENVIRONMENT


11.09 - 18.09.2021

Opening 11.09, 18:00, Stanislav Dospevski St., City art gallery of fine arts, Plovdiv .
Johan Lorbeer"s Tarzan performance

Art is not there simply to be understood. ...
It is more the sense of an indication or suggestion.
Joseph Beuys

INTRODUCTION
Art, or more simply, "artistic interventions" in a public urban environment are among the earliest forms of human artistic activity. Practically, the paintings in the caves (the great-great-parents of today"s graffiti) were a form of public communication through art. Chronologically, they precede the gallery and museum formats considered as classicstoday. The modern or more precisely the contemporary understanding of the concept dates back to the middle of the 20th century. Two of the main characteristics of this type of projects are their democracy and social commitment. In this context, the terms democratic and social should be understood in their broadest sense. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the most influential and significant artists of the 20th century Joseph Beuys. Beuys"s basic concept-idea can be summarized as follows –

„regardless of their origin, culture, sexual orientation, education or profession, everyone is a creative person by birth, they can form and transform their own life and the society in which they exist…“

As idealistic as these thoughts may seem today, artistic interventions in public space directly and/or indirectly influence and change the social environment. It is this characteristic that underlies the idea of the CONTEXTUS project.

THE PROJECT
CONTEXTUS includes a series of art installations and actions of contemporary artists that will be realized in Plovdiv in 2021. The project does not aim to put the authors in a narrow formal or conceptual framework. The aim is for artists to develop their projects in the context of public space (architectural, social and temporal).

The Latin word CONTEXTUS, which can generally be translated as "connection, coherence", illustrates the interdependence sought in the project between the environment (as an architectural and social fact) and intervention-art.

Another important aspect that again refers to Beuys is the inevitable "interactivity." Placed in the public space, the art object/action provokes a reaction.

These reactions can be of different nature:
- direct, when the spectator with his actions directly participates in the artistic process,

- indirect, when changes in the environment lead to a change in behavior,

- on a mental level, when the given art object provokes certain thoughts beyond the object-intervention in its aesthetic sense, etc.

The individual events (installations, performances, etc.) will be realized at different times and places in Plovdiv. This will allow the project to be focused on each individual action and, accordingly, to provoke public attention for a longer period of time.

Text: Yohannes Artinyan

Participants:
7+1 Art group (Yohannes Artinyan, Pancho Kurtev, Ilko Nikolchev, Kamen Tsvetkov) – art installation “XL PROJECT” (Underpass “Chifte Hamam”)
Johan Lorbeer, Berlin – “Tarzan” (Facade of City art gallery of fine arts, Plovdiv) ; video works (Showcases on the main street)
Marina Popska – “The Ideal”, art installation, felt objects (The excavations in front of the Central Post Office)
Sandro Arabyan – “In the beginning”, photo installation (Underpass of the Tunnel – North)
Sevdalina Kochevska – “bad Beuys”, neon (Central showcase of City gallery of fine arts); “Links”, art installation-performance (The excavations in front of the Central Post Office)
Tsvetan Krastev– “Game with the Sea”, video installation (The fountain with the Pelicans); video works (Showcases on the main street)

Guerrilla actions in public with videos of Johan Lorbeer and Kiril Kuzmanov

Curator Yohannes Artinyan

The Week of Contemporary Art is a project by Art Today Association, a member of Goethe-Institut"s international network of German cultural societies abroad.

With the support of Municipality of Plovdiv, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, National Culture Fund Bulgaria

Media partners: BNT2, въпреки.com, Katra FM, Pod tepeto, Media Cafe, Kapana



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ART POSITIVE 2021

[Un]Reality

virtual tour
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ART POSITIVE 2021

Gallery Kapana
Plovdiv, str. “Rayko Aleksiev” №29

17th March - 10th April 2021
Opening, March 17 – 17:00 pm-20:00 pm


Working time:
Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 am to 18:00 pm
Day off: Monday.

After a four-year break, the favorite project of Plovdiv residents returns with the exhibition - [Un]Reality.

Participants: Albena Mihailova, Vessela Statkova, Velina Htistova, Evgeni Mladenov, Evelina Kokoranova, Emil Mirazchiev, Iva Vacheva, Ivelina Ivanova, Nadia Genova, Osman Yuseinov, Sevdalina Kochevska, Sonia Mitova, Stilianos Grigoriadis, Tihomir Todorov, Trendafila Trendafilova, Tsvetanka Bornosuzova, Tsvetelina Angelova, Harita Asumani, Yavor Kostadinov.

Exerting new force this year again confronts us with vital existential questions, affecting not only our physical survival, but also all our habits and ideas concerning our existence in the world itself. More and more our place of security, comfort and even entertainment is shifting from the real to the virtual. Is that the only opportunity for intimacy, presence and empathy? To what extent can the real become virtual and does this satisfy the inner human needs from the world? However, etymologically the word "virtual" comes from the Latin - virtualis, which can be translated as virtue, power, efficiency, and since the Middle Ages it has the meaning of something "like real", which has such an essence and effect, but is not really as such, because it does not have physical or ontological realization on its own. Thus, the virtual can also be described as a pure potentiality that sits in a dynamic position compared to the actual. Hence, philosophy considers thought as the first virtue to arise that transcends the physical and thus actualizes the field of the spiritual.
Precisely because art itself is a kind of virtuality, it conceptualizes a reality that goes beyond the essence of objectivity itself. On the other hand, there is the reflection on the current reality of humanity, in which the virtual is both the ultimate possibility of merging and in the same time the great abyss of distance. And that is so due to the very fact of its "unreality".
Text: Kalina Peycheva

The exhibition is realized with the support of the Ministry of Culture

Media partners: BNT2, Katra FM, MediaCafe

The Art Positive is a project by Art Today Association, a member of Goethe-Institut’s international network of German cultural societies abroad.






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