Visual Seminar. Resident Fellows Program 2: An Eye for the Pale City

Published by ICA-Sofia

Book cover
Book cover Design: Kiril Prashkov
title: Visual Seminar. Resident Fellows Program 2: An Eye for the Pale City
year: 2004
editor(s): Diana PopovaMaria Vassileva
place: Sofia
publisher: Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia
ISBN/ISSN: 3-86588-028-2
language: bulgarian, english
author(s): Iara BoubnovaKrassimir TerzievDiana PopovaX tendoLuchezar BoyadjievAlexander Kiossev
design: Kiril Prashkov
related projects: Visual Seminar, Institute of Contemporary Art, Centre for Advanced Study Sofia
copyright: Institute of Contemporary Art, Centre for Advanced Study Sofia, the Authors, Revolver
supported by: This project takes place in the framework of relations. relations is a project initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Excerpt from the introductory text by Iara Boubnova:

The second part of the Fellows Program is a logical development of the ideas of the Visual Seminar, which is continuously impressed, surprised and asking questions about the visual environment of our daily urban existence.

The themes offered to the second group of fellows were defined as “The City, cultural heritage and nostalgia” and “Images of labor, images of consumption”. These are targeted at the memory of itself, which every city preserves. The Advisory Board selected for realization the projects of the artist Krassimir Terziev and the group X-tendo, an Association for city’s research with the means of the art. If the first two fellows Milla Mineva and Luchezar Boyadjiev whose theme was “Sofia as a Sight”, were analyzing, criticizing and directly interfering in the existing aggressive practices of urban advertisement and self-advertisement through billboards and postcards, we are witnessing now a “field research” in Sofia. The definition of locations, fragments, remnants and memories that are keeping the characteristics of the city and are turning it into “a small fatherland”, as we used to say in the past, are constructing a “collection” of samples, which reconfirm for me the feeling that the city is not only a shared space for all its inhabitants but also a combination of separate individual “cities”. These do not always merge without conflict into a common whole. Their persistence raises the suspicion that there is not yet and/or no more the city of Sofia outside of the private experiences, ideals and dreams.

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