/ opening: 29th April, 18:00 – 20:00 h. /
Gallery Cu29 and underground parking in Kapana district
Artists: Stanimir Genov, Valio Chenkov, Lars Nordby, Aaron Roth, Mitch Brezounek, Anton Stoianov, Marina Genova, HR Stamenov
Inspired by the mythological novel The Physics of Sorrow by Georgi Gospodinov, considered to be the most prominent representative of post-modernism and the experimental Bulgarian literature, this collective exhibition with an Odyssean touch relies on labyrinthine empathetic processes and aims at experiencing someone else’s stories while reaching back into the past, studying the present, and approaching the future, all at the same time. Its aspiration is to succeed in delineating the sublime, the restless and the fragile, found floating in essence between joys and sorrows, and leaving the time-space coordinates that define each of these periods.
Having said that, the exhibition Places of Sorrow gives us the opportunity to experience contextually different lives that offer a constantly changing and astonishing perspective. Places of Sorrow offers a multitude of states related to the process of co-experiencing someone else’s mood through side corridors, and labyrinth-like curvilinear paths, because as Gospodinov says, “no labyrinth and no story is ever linear”.
And so, as they look back, live the present and project themselves into the future, the artists who must first interpret this complex matter and then subjectively put their intentions in order, are: Stanimir Genov, Valio Chenkov, Lars Nordby, Aaron Roth, Mitch Brezounek, Anton Stoyanov, Marina Genova, HR-Stamenov. This mash-up of genres exists between the childish and the realization, giving in to melancholy.
Text: Domenico de Chirico
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