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Art Positive is a project strongly influenced by the actuality of the time. Each year it introduces a topic through which artists can reflect and develop a work linked to fundamental questions of the present. Authors have complete freedom to express themselves through any media of contemporary art – video, installation, painting, photography, performance and more. As in a creative laboratory, they work separately and yet together, installing their works in the common space of the gallery, which contributes to their inspiration and experience enriching the overall artistic environment in the city of Plovdiv. This year, Art Positive, in addition to raising the theme of eco-sustainability, connection with the environment and conscious consumption, will carry out an exhibition that strives to be zero-waste, so all works will either be from organic or recycled materials (or up-cycle). In this way, besides reflecting the very need of humanity at the moment to “return” and integrate the natural way of thinking, it gives the opportunity to explore the different practices in art related to a more ecological and directional way of creation.

The artists in the exhibition are: Velina Hristova, Gergana Tabakova, Dorian Bolca, Du Xiaokun, Evgeni Mladenov, Evelina Nova, Emil Mirazchiev, Iva Vacheva, Ivan Ivanov, Nadia Genova, Osman Yuseinov, Raicho Stanev, Sarkis Nersesyan, Sevdalina Kochevska, Sonya Mitova, Harita Assumani, Tsvetanka Bornosuzova, Tsvetelina Angelova, Yavor Kostadinov.


The project is implemented with the support of the Municipality of Plovdiv and the Goethe-Institute

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

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.

Every weekend - Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m., guided tours will be held, through which the public can familiarize themselves with the works in the exhibition, the format of the project, the main messages and the "eco" practices used by the artists. The tours may be conducted bilingually – both in Bulgarian and English, no registration is required. No entrance fee.
The tours are led by Kalina Peycheva – an art critic, with the financial support of the National Culture Fund, Bulgaria.


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Art Today Association invites artists working in the field of contemporary art in Plovdiv to take part in the RE-CONNECT 2023 residency program.
Plovdiv - Timisoara.

For detailed information on the program s regulations, as well as to apply for the program, email us at office@arttoday.org

The project has been realized with the financial support of the National Fund "Culture" under the program "Restoration and Development of Private Cultural Organizations".

RE:CONNECT gathers 9 artists from Plovdiv and 9 artists from Timi?oara to explore and illustrate through different techniques of contemporary art their interpretation of an event, place, history, impression or cultural heritage of the city in which they come from. “Urban Mythology” will create a collection of prisms for viewing and experiencing the two capitals of culture, denoting analogous or opposing trends in collective experience.

Mythology brings to life "psyche" - the Greek term for soul. It is a mediator from the private to the general perception of the world. In this way, myths describe unconscious processes at the individual and societal level. They connect our inner and outer worlds, through personification, moving us from the conceptual to the experiential. With their metaphorical meaning, myths are like invisible influences that both shape us and recreate the cyclicality and transience of being. Myths are an internal chronicle of who we are. They can be intimate truths that are best understood when born into stories.

The modern urban topos provides an opportunity to study various historical, political, social and individual phenomena. Each city contains and gives life to a complex system of narratives, legends and stories that reflect the structures of the collective unconscious. Can modern life illuminate new horizons through the urban stories it tells? What stories are going around town? What is the modern mythology of the urban?


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Presents

WEEK OF CONTEMPORARY ART 2022

2-11 September 2022


ata"THE WEIGHT OF BEING"

Participants:
Ariel Reichman
(Izrael / Germany), Boriana Ventsislavova (Bulgaria / Austria), Desislava Terzieva (Bulgaria / USA), Elena Bellantoni (Italy / Germany), Emil Mirazchiev (Bulgaria), Lachezar Boiadjiev (Bulgaria), Selma Selman (Bosna and Herzegovina / USA), Sevdalina Kochevska (Bulgaria), Venelin Shurelov (Bulgaria), Veronika Tcekova (Bulgaria / Austria).


Curator Galina Dimitrova-Dimova

After Milan Kundera"s The Unbearable Lightness of Being

At the core of the project concept laid the antagonisms: weight and lightness, freedom and dependence, responsibility and passivity.
The theme refers to the desires and longings of nowadays humans, but also the responsibilities and dependencies that they give rise to. Like the desire to free ourselves from activities and cares in order to have more time for ourselves. This is a contemporary obsession to gain time from our everyday activities in order to dedicate or invest it in our health and self-improvement. Although in most cases, we end up consuming something, and thus fulfilling marketing agendas, or wasting calories in pointless movements in the gym...
Here we consider time as a value, as a unit of measurement or a coin of exchange that we use to fulfill our desires. This currency is observed again in the perspective of the human desire to free ourselves - from thoughts, actions, and responsibilities. It is often linked to our seemingly easy abdication of responsibility with the statement "it"s not up to me", combined with a constant sense of frustration turns us into slackers who always have someone to blame for our unenviable fate, or into modern-day slaves who sell their most precious possessions - time, thoughts and ideas - to capitalize them into a comfortable existence.
It is responsibility and the determination to act, however, that gives meaning to our existence, gives significance to our being. As much as this overwhelming burden scares us it can only bring us the feeling of living with dignity.
And the beauty, as the last thing that supports us in this difficult path. "Beauty as error, the last phase of evolution" (after Kundera)
The conceptual framework of the Week of Contemporary Art, Plovdiv 2022 will be the call to reclaim the weight of existence and the poetics of the image that lightens and lifts us from the ground, because "Creativity for humans is like flying for birds"

Dedicated to Plamen Dimov, for the sacrifices we make in the difficult path of realizing the unbearable lightness of being.

The format of the 2022 Contemporary Art Week in Plovdiv will be art in public space and will include temporary artistic interventions in the urban environment in the form of installations, performances or guerrilla actions that refer to the theme.

On September 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., a conference will be held with the motto "Call the city, call the people". It will examine artistic interventions in urban environments, as an artistic practice that seeks engagement or interaction with the public
The opening of the event is on September 3 at 8 p.m., after which the performance "MirroMorphosis" by Irina Stoyanova and Hristo Zhelev will take place.

Week of Contemporary Art is supported by the Goethe-Institut, Municipality of Plovdiv and the City Art Gallery - Plovdiv and the financial support of the National Fund "Culture"






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Annual edition of the Week of Contemporary Art:

Art Positive:

Communication Front- new media art and theory

Critique of Pure Image – Between Fake and Quotation

 

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