Exhibition ‘Documents’ painting after photography in Bulgaria in the 1970s and 1980s

An exhibition entitled “Documents – Painting after Photography in Bulgaria in the 1970s and 1980s” is on at Sofia City Art Gallery until June 4 2023.

“The exhibition presents works created between 1973 and 1989 and explores the tendency towards interpreting photographs and images from printed publications in the space of the painting, characteristic of that period,” Sofia City Art Gallery said.

“This project does not engage in assigning categories ‘by photo’, ‘by nature’, ‘by memory’ or ‘by imagination’. We analyse the trend through the lens of late socialism and the specific information environment of the time – between political propaganda and news from abroad.

“We note the influences of earlier periods on the contemporary art of the time. We also trace the development of the subject in Bulgaria over a period of sixteen years,” the gallery said.

The list of artists selected for the project includes Tekla Aleksieva, Georgi Bozhilov, Milko Bozhkov, Toma Varbanov, Maya Gorova, Ivan Dimov, Maria Zafirkova, Vasko Ivanov, Petyo Marinov, Teofan Sokerov, Elena Sokerova, Sasho Stoitsov, Dimitar Traychev, Vanko Urumov and Stefan Yanev.

(Photos via the Facebook page of Sofia City Art Gallery)

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