Works from Art Collection Telekom – Contemporary Art from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe
Curated by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher.
Two of Europe's oldest cities, Matera in southern Italy and Plovdiv in Bulgaria, are the European Capitals of Culture this year. From 4th April to 30th June art works from the Art Collection Telekom will be presented at various exhibition venues in Plovdiv.
The exhibition Listen To Us – Artistic Intelligence with 70 works by 38 artists marks a culmination of the cultural events. It wants to point to the common history of the countries and the comparable life experiences of the people in the region and look beyond the national borders.
With its focus on Eastern and Southeastern Europe, just 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the art works in the exhibition provide many points of departure to reflect the still-difficult period of transition from socialism to democracy.
The exhibition venues in Plovdiv offer an insight into the history of the city, ranging from one of the former warehouses of the tobacco industry, some historic houses of the Turkish old town, the municipal museum in the present city center to the Vasov National Library, a masterpiece of socialist late modernism.
Listen To Us – Artistic Intelligence, is an invitation to listen attentively to the exhibited works of art, precisely because their statement is not restricted by words and language. Their visual presence is structured by shape, colour, form and formulated by their sensual and emotional power.
With all the artistic intelligence, they indicate, orbit and illuminate complex and often contradictory themes from many different angles at the same time.
The fall of the Iron Curtain some 30 years ago laid the foundation to overcome the decades-long division of Europe into East and West, into Capitalism or Communism, into democracy or party dictatorship. The more than 80 works in the exhibition have been created during these 30 years. They are from over 40 artists who grew up in Eastern European countries. These artists have experienced the process of the societal upheaval in their own biography and in that of their parents and grandparents.
They are contemporary witnesses of the dramatic big and many small changes that the societies have experienced since the expulsion from the communist paradise.
The works in the exhibition art draw attention beyond the past to current issues and questions that affect us all in Europe. They try to understand the younger history in a more differentiated way in order to be free of the ghosts of the past, to understand the present and to look into the future.
Participating artists from the Art Collection Telekom:
Nevin Aladağ, Anatoly Belov, Yane Calovski, Levan Chelidze, Danika Dakić, Braco Dimitrijević, Aleksandra Domanović, Petra Feriancova, Igor Grubić, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Nilbar Güreş, Vladimir Houdek, Hristina Ivanoska, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Sanja Iveković, Nikita Kadan, Mi Kafchin, Šejla Kameric, Lito Kattou, Luka Kedžo, Genti Korini, Eva Kot’atkova, Maria Kulikovska, Nino Kvrivishvili, Radenko Milak, Ciprian Mureşan, Lada Nakonechna, Vlad Nancă, Paulina Ołowska, Roman Ondak, Dan Perjovschi, Cristian Răduţă, Stepan Ryabchenko, Slavs & Tatars, Nedko Solakov, Mladen Stilinović, Martina Vacheva.
Invited Bulgarian artists: Luchezar Boyadjiev, Dimitar Genchev, Albena Mihaylova Manz, Sasho Stoitzov, Krassimir Terziev.