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Biotope 18.1-3 (works for a group exhibition)

Slav Nedev, Sofia

1967 Born in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Lives and works in Sofia.

Selected Awards and Scholarships
2012 Certificate of Honor from Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, Kathmandu, Nepal
2011 Residency at Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus Schwandorf, Bavaria, Germany
2009 Residency at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2006 Audience Award, National Painting Competition of H. Schmincke & Co.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Prints, Artur Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
Biotope, Sofia Press Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2008 Images from Nowhere, Agrion Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2006 Remains, Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2003 Creation, Kozhuharovi Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
Between Two Dreams, Triadiss Gallery, Sofia

1999 Works on Paper, Dritta Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
1995 Selected Works, Vitosha Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 τόπος - topographies - ...topias, Rayko Alexiev Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2015 Map of the New Art, Fondazione Cini, Venice, Italy
2014 Snap to Grid, LACDA, Los Angeles, USA
The Untold Abstraction, Shipka 6 Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2013 Open Monument, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2012 Chances, Choices, Changes, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria Communications, VIVACOM Art Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
2011 Zona Urbana, Shipka 6 Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2009 T-A-P-E INVITES at Made in Arnhem 2009, Arnhem, Netherlands
Environmental Justice, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008 Close Distance, Shipka 6 Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2007 Cultural Identity, Sofia Press Gallery, Sofia / Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, Groton, Connecticut, USA
Balance, Shipka 6 Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2003 10 Years Izkustvo / Art in Bulgaria Magazine, Shipka 6 Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
2002 Bulgarian Painting after 1989, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria
1994 New Names, Shipka 6 Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria


Mobile: +359 887 833 813
Email: slav_nedev@gmx.net
Website: www.slavnedev.eu


Slav Nedev
Photo: Stefan Marinov

Biotope 18.1-3
(three large size prints for a group exhibition)

The works Biotope 18.1-3 are a continuation of the Biotope series*, however they were created especially for the exhibition τόπος - topographies - ...topias, realized May-June 2016, at Rayko Alexiev Gallery, Sofia. Two of them (Biotope 18.1 and 18.2) show different views of the same desert area. They have been displayed orthogonally to each other in order to “capture” the viewer in the desert landscape. The third image shows the central scene in a clear night lit by the full moon.

The triptych is about the simple fact that there are lot of places in the Universe but only few where life is possible. (In fact, the only such place we know so far is the Earth.) More precisely it reflects some global environmental issues and tries to remind that a place that is suitable for life (a Biotope) could be easily turned into a place where there is not life at all. Also, it would like to raise awareness about the significance of the environment for life and our role for its preservation.

* Biotope (Greek βίος (bios) 'life' + τόπος (topos) 'place') is an area of uniform environmental conditions providing a living place for a specific biological community.


The Biotope project is a large art installation representing a “city” of trash containers. The project deals with one of the most serious problems today – the problem with the waste. The increasing consumption leads to increased environmental pollution. The consumption has become a “social duty” or even reflex that should keep the economy going. The consumer society has turned into a waste society. The message of the project is clear: we leave so much waste that the place we live in (i.e. our Biotope) turns gradually into a dumping ground thus limiting our outlook and our movements.

More about the project at http://biotope.bg/