ISCP TalkMarch 23, 2010
Salon: Goran Škofić (Croatia) and Samuil Stoyanov (Bulgaria)
Goran Škofić works almost exclusively in the media of video and photography. He focuses on what he calls “abstractions”: society, the individual, interaction and coexistence. In his work, Škofić uses his body as an instrument of expression. In his video installation Corpus for instance, he treats his own body. Each of the installation’s videos shows a multiplied figure of the author who rhythmically performs just one action (a workout in the gym, running, applauding in a concert hall,…). Škofić thus deconstructs the body into a naked “corpus”, liberating it from humanization and bodily weaknesses like fatigue or mistake. His character, which has no foothold either in the original or in truth, acts with the rhythm of incessantly repeating movements.
Samuil Stoyanov is interested in “thinking vision”: thinking while looking, or looking while thinking. Lately this theme has appeared in his works, but it has nothing to do with visual experiments or optical effects; rather it is to be fully associated with the conceptualization of the act of looking. Stoyanov was born in 1975 in Dobrich, Bulgaria. In 2001 he graduated from the National Art Academy with an MA in Ceramics. From 2001 to 2009 he realized eight solo exhibitions, and he is the winner of several art awards, including the 2009 BAZA Award.