Zoran Georgiev’s works refer to the cultural policies of present-day Macedonia and Bulgaria, where the necessity of creating new (post-1989) identities and rethinking the past are leading to new forms of nationalism and visions of society and community. Georgiev underlines the hollowness, the competitiveness and the kitsch in state policies aimed at the construction or restoration of monuments and museums. As if the symbolism of the “new” past is nothing more than the expensive décor for a Bollywood (or rather, a Balkan-wood) production. With simplified form and direct appeal his works “unmask” the kitsch in the visual language of populist nationalism through a kind of authentic and raw objectivity.
Zoran Georgiev (born in 1985 in Macedonia) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Georgiev graduated with an MA in Painting from the National Art Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. His solo exhibitions include Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia; Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv; and 0GMS Gallery in a Drawer, Sofia. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Art for Change, Sofia City Art Gallery, 2015; Prehod For Sale, ICA Gallery, Sofia, 2014; Transcending Cultures, Essl Museum, Viena 2013-2014; Never Ending Story, Rakursi Gallery, Sofia, 2013; and Love, Rayko Alexiev Gallery, 2012. He has received awards including the ESSL Art Award CEE 2013 and the Young Visual Artists Award (BAZA), 2014.
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Residents from Bulgaria
Margherita Moscardini investigates the relationships between urban, social and natural transformative processes. She focuses on abandoned spaces and areas undergoing mass demolition where the waste systems reflect a paradigm of local entanglements. Her practice favors process and long-term projects, considering the context as a medium including: the existing architecture, the landscape where the material environment is designed (as geo-morphological features), and how urban planning conditions the behaviors of local communities. The context often suggests specific issues, materials and methods of the work, which she carries out through large-scale interventions, drawings, writings, scale models and video-documents.
Margherita Moscardini (born 1981 in Italy) studied Cultural Anthropology at the Academy of Fine Arts, Italy and attended the Antonio Ratti Foundation, Como, Italy. Moscardini has developed projects in Bulgaria, France, Italy, South Korea, and Turkey. Her work has been exhibited at the Italian Institute of Culture of Istanbul, Turkey; Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Italy; ArtToday CCA, Bulgaria; SongEun Art Space, South Korea; Schauwerk Foundation, Germany; Palazzo Reale, Italy; Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, Italy. She is currently working on a project at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Seoul, South Korea.
Residents from Italy
Andrea Nacciarriti addresses linguistic relationships between space and perceptions of it, social reality and anthropological contexts as well as historical interpretation and current events. At the root of Nacciarriti’s research – carried out through mechanisms that are despoiled of their function and unpredictably redesigned – lies an analysis of paradox.
Andrea Nacciarriti’s (born 1976, Ostra Vetere, Italy) work is included in both the Foundation Antoine de Galbert, Paris and La Gaia Collection, Italy. Recent solo exhibitions include Pescheria Foundation Visual Arts Center, Pesaro, Italy; Centre d’Art Bastille, Grenoble, France; and Franco Soffiantino Gallery, Torino. Nacciarriti has been included in group exhibitions at MACRO, Rome; La Maison Rouge, Paris; and Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, France.