Luchezar Boyadjiev (Online Gallery)

GALLERY | BIO | ARTIST’S STATEMENT | SOLO EXHIBITIONS | GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'How Many Nails in a Mouth? Self-portrait with 2 kg of 12.5 cm long nails, 1995'. Color photograph. Image courtesy of the author.Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'English for Artists', 2000. Project for a fictional Textbook cover. Image courtesy of the author.Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'Small Talk 1', 1998. A cycle of 109 color photographs and 1 story. Detail. Image courtesy of the author.Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'Artist(s) in Residence Program, March 13 ­ April 9th, 2000'. At: Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris. Details. Image courtesy of the author.Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'GastARTbeiter', 2000. Digital Print, 210 x 510 cm. Detail. Image courtesy of the author.

Contact Luchezar Boyadjiev at: luchezb@cblink.net

Artist’s Statement

In my work during the last 10 years I have always been interested in the communicative aspects of art and artworks. Coming from a background of isolation and cultural “invisibility” within the larger framework of contemporary European art and culture, I have always looked for ways to convey my vision and message about life, the world, art and so on, in ways that would be not only meaningful but also clearly understandable for an international audience that has little knowledge about where I come from.

Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'E-Face 2000'. Interactive installation. Detail. Image courtesy of the author.Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'Gazebo', 1996. Site-specific installation, the hills above Gars-am-Kamp, Austria. Image courtesy of the author.Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'Home/Town', 1998. Installation, 28 photocollages and wall painted map. Detail. Image courtesy of the author.Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'White Mouse on White Background'. Homage to K. Malevich, 1995. Color photograph. Image courtesy of the author.Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'Neo-Golgotha', 1994. Installation, 450 x 900 x 40 cm. Image courtesy of the author.

In this task I have always found “inspiration” in the hard knowledge that art feeds on life, as well as on other art as well. A recognizable visual reference to other artworks for me is a tool (bridge) for communicating various new ideas and concerns of mine.

Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'In / Out, in again...', 1998. A cycle of 15 person-specific digital prints for the residency of the former Swiss Ambasador to Sofia. Detail. Image courtesy of the author.Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'Migrants Are Forever', 2001. Post-card for the Jezevo Detention Center, Croatia. Image courtesy of the author.Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'Illegal Migration', 2001. Post-card for the Jezevo Detention Center, Croatia. Image courtesy of the author.Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'Pocket Knife', 1993. Object. Image courtesy of the author.Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'City of Angels?', 2001. Project for Global Positions artist¹s pages in Der Standard Daily-Vienna. Curated by Museum in Progress, Vienna. Image courtesy of the author.

My interests have led me to become involved in the complex, multi-layered and dynamic interaction between art and life, artists, their works and the audience, all of these and the context of the international art world, interactions between people, as well as the cultural and visual contexts they inhabit. This happens in ways that have to do as much with investigation (nearly academic…) as with actual life experience (operational and ironically rich…), with form, as well as content in a related yet somehow distinctly separate waysting.

Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'Room Portrait 1, 1997'. Digital drawing from life. Image courtesy of the author.Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'Room Portrait 2, 1997'. Digital drawing from life. Image courtesy of the author.Luchezar Boyadjiev, 'See You, see Me, see That Tree', 1998. Installation. Detail. Image courtesy of the author.

Solo Exhibitions

2000
Remont Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia, YU (C)
“E-FACE 2000”, ArtMediaCenter TV Gallery, Moscow

1999
“Reachable(s)”, CIX Gallery, Skopje (C)
“@e-face.show”, Ata Center for Contemporary Art, Sofia (C)
“In/Out…, in again”, at the Swiss Embassy Residence, Sofia
“What if…”, TED Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria

1998
“Small Talk 1”, Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia
“Revolution for All”, Holden Gallery, MMU, Manchester, UK (ISEA’98)

1997
“I love Jesus Souvenir Shop”, former Bulgarian Embassy, Cetinje,Montenegro, YU (curator Iara Boubnova)
“Cover Version 2”, Hohenthal und Bergen Galerie, Cologne, Germany
“Cover Version 1”, Ata-Ray Gallery, Sofia
“Up and Down. Back and Forth”, 68 Hope Street Gallery, VP’97, Liverpool, UK
“Gallery by Night”, Studio Gallery, Budapest (a project with Roza El-Hassan), (curator Barnabas Bencsik)

1995
“The Fountain of Europe”, National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia
“Astrologic”, Ata-Ray Gallery, Sofia

1994
“The Fountain of Europe: Doubletake”, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA (curator Vasif Kortun)

1993
Hohenthal und Bergen Galerie, Munich, Germany (C)
Luchezar Boyadjiev (solo stand with Hohenthal und Bergen Gallery), KUNSTRAI ’93, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (curators Edy de Wilde, Saskia Bos, Henk Visch) (C)

1992
“Festigung des Glaubens” installations, IFA Galerie, Berlin, Germany (curator Barbara Barsch) (C)
“Crucifixion for the Fisherman 150 drawings”, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia

1986
“Mirror and Basic Images”, Westbeth Gallery, New York, USA

1984
“Open Studio”, Sofia

Group Exhibitions

2001
“Escape”, The Tirana Biennial, Tirana, Albania (Director Giancarlo Politi) *
“Reconstructions”, 4th International Biennial, Cetinje, Montenegro, YU (curators Iara Boubnova, Andrei Erofeev, etc.) *
“Small Talk”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje (artistic/curatorial project)
“Hybrid Dwellings”, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland (curator Denise Carvalho)
“Correspondences”, IFA Galerie, Berlin/Stuttgart/Bonn (curators Barbara Barsch, Suzana Milevska) (C)
“Don’t Look at Me with this Tone!”, Section 13 / UBA, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia
“Reality Watch_ICA”, Municipal Art Gallery, Rousse, Bulgaria (curator Iara Boubnova)
“Perfect Match”, Main Shopping Center (“…% Sex Up” at LISCA Lingerie Shop), Skopje (curator Suzana Milevska) (www.scca.org.mk/capital/ ; C)

2000
“Leseraum”, Secession, Vienna (a project by Roza El-Hassan) (C)
“I Love Art Video”, Videonight at Wacken Theater, Strasbourg, France (curators: Karine Vonna & Georges Cezanove of Le Forum Itinérant, Strasbourg; Christian Bernard of MAMCO, Geneva; Pascal Neveux of Art Center, Sélestat; George Heck of Vidéo les beaux Jours; Le-maillon / Théâtre de Strasbourg)
“Virtual Urban”, at /http://www.arthouse.ie/exhibitions/vu/index.html/, (a web project by Aisling O’ Beirn / Marjetica Potrc)
“COMMUNICATION”, Aschersleber Kunstund Kulturverein, Aschersleben, Germany (curator Hans Knoll) (C)
“At Room Temperature”, studio Ivan Moudov, Sofia (curator Dessislava Dimova)
“After the Wall”, Museum of Contemporary Art Ludwig Museum, Budapest; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
“Remote. Week of Contemporary Art”, Art Today Foundation, Plovdiv (curator Michel Bussieres)
“Négociations”, CRAC-Séte, Séte, France (curators Bernard Marcadé, Nicolas Bourriaud)
“cooperativ Kunstdialoge Ost-West”, Stadthaus Ulm, Ulm, Germany (curator Friederike Kitschen) (C)
La Folie Archive(s)contribution; “La Ville, le Jardin, la Mémoire 1998-2000”, Villa Medici, Rome (curators Laurence Bossé, Carolyn
Christov-Bakargiev, Hans Ulrich Obrist) (C) (http://king.dom.de/villamedici/)
“Communication Front 2”, Old Turkish Bathhouse, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (curators Foundation “Art Today”, Plovdiv) (C)
(http://www.idea.org.uk/cfront/texts/gastartbeiter-en.html)
“ArtMoscow ‘2000” (with TV Gallery, Moscow), Central House of the Artist, Moscow (C)
“Pro@Contra MachineMachy”, ArtMediaCenter TV Gallery, Moscow (curators Alexei Isaev, Olga Shishko, Tatiana Gorucheva),
(http://procontra.danet.ru)
“100 days no exhibition”, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria (curator Hildegund Amanshauser) (CD ROM)
“L’Autre moitie de l’Europe. Social Reality / Existence / Politics”, Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris (curators Anda
Rottenberg, Lorand Hegyi, Victor Misiano) (CD ROM)
“Worthless (Invaluable)”, Moderna Galerja, Ljubljana, Slovenia (curator Carlos Basualdo) (C)

1999
“Interstanding 3 Beyond the Edge”, 6th Annual Show of SCCA-Tallin, Rotermann Art Center, Tallin, Estonia (curator Ando Keskkula)
“On Demand”, Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria (C)
“publi(c)domain”, Fototriennale ’99, Graz, Austria (curators Werner Fenz, Ruth Maurer) (C; CD ROM), (http://fototriennale.mur.at)
“After the Wall: Art and Culture in Post-Communist Europe”, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (curators Bojana Pejic, David Elliott) (C)
“TEMP-Balkania”, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (http://www.savanne.ch/balkania/chair/index.html)
“Project END”, Interspace, Sofia (CD ROM)
“Videoarchaeology”, Ata Center for Contempoarary Art, Sofia (curators Boris Kostadinov, Zhivka Valiavicharska) (CD ROM)
“Turning the Page”, Apolonia ’99, Sozopol, Bulgaria (curator Dessislava Dimova) (C)
“Always Already Apocalypse”, The Institute for Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seizmology, Skopje; Yildiz Sabanci Kultur Merkezi at the 6th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (curator Suzana Milevska) (C)
“Communication Front”, Old Turkish Bathhouse, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (curators Foundation “Art Today”, Plovdiv)
“Recipes”, Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia (curator Maria Vassileva)
“Leisure and Survival”, Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria (curator Silvia Eiblmayr)
“Translocations. (new) media/art”, Generali Foundation, Vienna (curator Georg Schollhammer), (http://www.translocation.at)
“Inventing a People. Contemporary Art in the Balkans”, National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia; ArtExpo Foundation, Bucharest; Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; Art Box, Kavala, Greece; Contemporary Art Center of Larissa, Larissa, Greece (curator Andre Rouille) (C), (http://www.map-prod.net)

1998
“Onufri’98. Permanent Instability”, National Art Gallery, Tirana, Albania (curator Edi Muka)
“Money/Nations”, Shedhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (curator Marion von Osten) (C), (http://www.moneynations.ch)
“Revolution/Terror”, ISEA ’98, Manchester-Liverpool, UK (curators Charles Esche, Eddie Berg, Iliyana Nedkova) (C)
“Virtual Revolutions ’98”, Manchester, UK (curator Iliyana Nedkova) (CD ROM), (http://www.yourserver.co.uk/vr/vr)
“Revolting”, Temporary Media Lab, Manchester, UK (curator Micz Flor) (http://www.yourserver.co.uk/revolting)
“Europa 24”, Museum Nordico, Linz, Austria (curator Prof. Kurt Freundlinger) (C)
“Bulgariaavantgarde. Kraeftemessen II”, Kuenstlerwerkstatt Lothringerstrasse, Munich, Germany (curator Iara Boubnova, concept Haralampi G. Oroschakoff) (C)

1997
“Ostranenie ’97”, International Forum for Media Art, Dessau, Germany (curator Steven Kovats) (C, CD-ROM)
“Aller-Retour”, 3rd International Biennial, Cetinje, Montenegro, YU (curators Andrei Erofeev, Bernard Marcade, Iara Boubnova) (C)
“Art in Landscape”, 4th International Symposium, Wachtberg/Gars-am-Kamp, Austria (curator Dieter Graff) (C)
“Deep Europe”, Hybrid Workspace, documenta X, Kassel, Germany (curator Geert Lovink)
9th International Biennial for Graphic Art (section “Simulations”), Varna, Bulgaria (curator Iara Boubnova) (C)
“Contemporary Bulgarian Art”, National Art Gallery, Sofia
“Is Europe just a word?”, 2nd Biennial of Emerging Art, Siena-Pisa, Italy (curator Valeria Bruni) (C)
“Ars Ex Natio. Made in BG”, 4th Annual Show of the Soros Center for the Arts-Sofia, Old City of Plovdiv, Bulgaria (curators Iara Boubnova, Maria Vassileva) (C)
“Bulgarian Art Book”, Ata Center for Contemporary Art, Sofia (curator M. Pavlov) (C)
“Escaping Gravity Video Positive ’97”, FACT, Liverpool, UK (curators Charles Esche, Stephen Bode, Eddie Berg) (C)
“Beyond Belief…”, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, USA (curator Laura J. Hoptman)
“Papier/2”, Hohenthal und Bergen Galerie, Munich, Germany

1996
“Evidences. The Real Diversity”, 3rd Annual Show of the SCA-Sofia, Sofia Municipal Art Gallery, Sofia (curators G. Gatev, K. Minchev, S. Stefanov, H. Tcherkelov) (C)
“Chaotic Hermetic”, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia (curator M. Pavlov)
“Bulgarian Glimpse Show”, Association of Moscow Art Galleries and BCIC, Moscow (curator Iara Boubnova) (C)
“Eastern Europe: Spatia Nova”, 4th International Biennial, St. Petersburg, Russia (curator Iara Boubnova) (C)
“Art in Landscape”, 3rd International Symposium, Wachtberg/Gars-am-Kamp, Austria (curator Dieter Graff) (C)
“Beyond Belief…”, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, USA; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA (curator Laura J. Hoptman)
“The Pictorial Image of the 1990-ies”, National Palace of Culture, Sofia (curators S. Stefanov, R. Rouenov)

1995
“Video/Hart”, 2nd Annual Show of the SCA-Sofia, National Archaeological Museum, Sofia (curator Kamen Balkanski) (C)
“Orient/ation”, 4th International Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (curators Rene Block, Iara Boubnova) (C)
“Beyond the Borders”, 1st International Biennial, Kwangju, South Korea (curator Anda Rotenberg, etc.) (C)
“Beyond Belief: Contemporary Art from East Central Europe”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA (curators Laura J. Hoptman, Richard Francis) (C)
“30 Grand Prix”, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia (C)
“Week of Modern Art”, Old Turkish Bathhouse, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
“Projects by…”, National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia (curator Iara Boubnova)

1994
Section 13, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia
“N-forms? Reconstructions and Interpretations”, 1st Annual Show of the SCA-Sofia, Raiko Aleksiev Gallery, Sofia (curators B. Klimentiev,D. Popova, S. Stefanov, N. Boshev) (C)
22nd Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil (curators Iara Boubnova, Nelson Aguilar) (C)
“Le Nomadisme culturel. Artistes contemporains bulgares”, East/West Festival, Die, France (curator Irina Genova) (C)
“Moisture Plainair for Avant-garde art”, (organized by KA Gallery, Bourgas), in Arkoutino on the Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria (curator Iara Boubnova)
“The Artists of LETTRE INTERNATIONALE”, LiteraturHaus, Wien, Austria
“Instability Progress”, French Institute, Sofia (curator Iara Boubnova) (C)
“Art Ritual, Ritual Art”, 3rd Multimedia Festival, Sofia (curator D. Nenova)
“In Search for the Self-Reflection”, Old City of Plovdiv, Bulgaria (curator Iara Boubnova) C)
“The Nail”, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia

1993
Art Frankfurt ’93 (with Hohenthal und Bergen Gallery), Frankfurt, Germany
“Works on Paper”, Ata-Ray Gallery, Sofia (curator Iara Boubnova)
“Object Bulgarian Style”, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia (curators Iara Boubnova, Maria Vassileva, Diana Popova)
“Kunst auf Zeit. Eine Recherche”, Kunstamt Tiergarten, House am Lutzowplatz, Berlin, Germany (curator Paul Corazolla) (C)
“East West”, Art Hamburg ’93 (with Hohenthal und Bergen Gallery), Hamburg, Germany

1992
“Medical Check-up”, Club of the (eternally) Young Artist, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia
“From a Moment of Truth Works on Paper from Bulgaria”, Karl Drerup Gallery, Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH, USA (curator Rachel Weiss) (C)
“Hair from a Brush”, Club of the (eternally) Young Artist, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia

1991
“Happy-krai (end)”, Club of the (eternally) Young Artist, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia
“Negative Territories”, Gallery Art in Action, Sofia (curator O. Dvorianov)
“Kaimak (cream) art”, ten art critics’ selection of young artists, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia
“Illusions, illusions…”, Club of the (eternally) Young Artist, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia

1990
“10/10/10”, Club of the (eternally) Young Artist, Sofia State University Gallery, Sofia
“End of Quotation”, Club of the (eternally) Young Artist, Sofia State University Gallery, Sofia
“Moderate Avant-garde within the Framework of Tradition”, Club of the (eternally) Young Artist, 6 Shipka Str. Gallery, Sofia

1989
“11.11.(’89)”, Union of Bulgarian Artists, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

1987
“Author’s Proof” (conceptual participation), 134 Rakovski Str. Gallery, Sofia (curators Kiril Prashkov, Philip Zidarov)* forthcoming exhibitions and projects
(C) catalogue published, The Alternative Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, OH

* forthcoming exhibitions and projects
(C) catalogue published

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