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
Susan Gibb is a curator who is interested in the conditions that shape artistic production. She often works in long-term engagement with artists on the production of new work.
Susan Gibb (born 1983, Sydney, Australia) is an associate curator at If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She previously ran the independent curatorial initiative Society and has held curatorial positions at the interdisciplinary art centers Carriageworks and Campbelltown Arts Centre, both in Sydney, Australia. Her recent projects include A Planet With Two Suns with Agatha Gothe-Snape at Kunstvlaai: Festival of Independents, Amsterdam, 2012 and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2013;The River Project, 2010; and What I Think About When I Think About Dancing, 2009; both at Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney. She regularly writes for art periodicals including ArtAsiaPacific, Art Monthly Australia and Photofile.
Residents from Australia
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.