The Image is no Longer Available
AAD Foundation, Sofia
Art - Affairs & Documents Foundation is a cultural organization founded in December 2008 and based in Sofia, Bulgaria, successfully emerging as an independent art structure. The organization focuses on three main projects: develop the local art scene, support new emerging artists and stimulate critical opinion in the public. For that reason the activities of the organization consist mainly in managing and organizing cultural events, exhibitions and and in the exchange of international artists.
Invitation for the Exhibition
The Image Is No Longer Available
One exhibition in three galleries
Curator: Vessela Nozharova
Participating Artists: Ivo Bistrichki, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Martina Vacheva, Irina Georgieva, Kalina Dimitrova, Pravdoljub Ivanov, Kristina Irobalieva, Philip Popoff, Radostin Sedevchev, Kalin Serapionov, Samuil Stoyanov, Krassimir Terziev, Peter Tzanev
May 2nd, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
May 3rd, ICA – Sofia
May 4th, Credo Bonum Gallery
The Image is No Longer Available is a three-part exhibition in three galleries at the same time. The project aims at exploring the relationship between the contemporary artist and his/her visual environment. Artists often work with ready-made images they have found on the internet or recorded in the immediate surroundings of their everyday life. The way in which they interpret, assimilate or simply recreate them lies at the basis of their creative process. This process, however, raises a lot of questions. At what point does the image become a work of art and what is its independent existence from this moment on?
In this sense The Image is No Longer Available is a very 'artist-oriented' exhibition. It focuses on the primeval object of visual art, the image. How does our attitude towards the image evolve in the context of the fast-changing visual, cultural, political and social environment we live in? Do we have sufficient understanding of the visual information that reaches us? How does the virtual world we are inhabiting, with its endless stream of images, affect contemporary art?
The image, which is the primary material for the creation of any work of art, is facing a serious challenge today. The overwhelming mass of visual information engulfing us every day is buried under layers of newer images, in a dynamic that doesn’t even give us the opportunity to reflect and get an understanding of what we saw. Our current lives have never been so profusely documented and so devoid of a historical analysis, of any memory of themselves.
The project is supported by the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award.