ICA-Sofia Gallery
34, Vasil Levski Blvd Sofia, Bulgaria, CO 1504


Creation and Destruction, or the responsibility of fatherhood

Oct 14, 2017 Nov 11, 2017
Opening: Friday, October 13th, 2017, 6 pm

Dimitar Solakov is one of the most active young artists from Bulgaria. The project “Creation and Destruction, or the responsibility of fatherhood” was developed between 2014 and 2016 with a very clear motivation. The starting point was: “When I learned that I am going to be a father I started thinking about what it means to create and to destroy”. The installation was exhibited for the first time in 2016 at the 56th October Salon in Belgrade.

The situation is a private one. However, by default it is “happening” and is understandable to everyone for at the same time it is massively grandiose, philosophically inexhaustible, corner-stone item for the human, the man and why not – for all of humanity. Dimitar Solakov’s installation is a humorous and multilayered visualization of how the mind is rambling in panic expecting the looming responsibilities when one is faced with something really so very private and yet so massively human.

The objects, the drawings, the photographs, the video clips, the texts, the quotations and the thoughts – all of those merge in a combination of megalomania and fear, promises and rejections, associations and definitions that are lining up in an attempt to make sense and systematize the act of crossing the threshold, between the “I” and its companion – the “Ego”, and the Other, and also the World.

This state of mind embodied in the exhibition, is not too far from being esoteric – the lilac-colored dildo is likened to the Pillars of Creation, which Hubble photographed somewhere in the Eagel Nebula; the piece of artist’s skin, which was accidentally cut off, is preserved as a kind of holly relics. There are frames of very intimate and not so legal activities; ecologically safe vegetables are grown; a group of “portraits” of long extinguished creatures from the “Primordial” series is presented; and scary mummified insects are riding a small merry-go-round... Plus there is more and more.

It seems that the viewer is confronted with a preventive spell, whose subject is a tiny baby peacefully sleeping on a small screen – an obvious, static and invariable component, which is the center of a whirlpool of Jan Švankmajer’s-like multitude of fears and hopes. Fears and hopes that have been arranged and systematized to bring good luck.
Dimitar Solakov (b. 1987) graduated 2010 from the Photography Department of the New Bulgarian University in Sofia. In his work he is exploring different connections between nature, urbanization and the human locked between the two; between the past and its interpretation today. His works might appear equally very private and yet totally distanced.
He has had solo shows at: Vaska Emanouilova Gallery (Sofia, 2017), Vivacom Arthall (Sofia, 2016), Sariev Project Space (Plovdiv, 2014), 0GMS Drawer / Salonul de proiecte (Bucharest, 2014), 0GMS Drawer / Gregor Podnar Gallery (Ljubljana, 2013), 0GMS Gallery (Sofia, 2013), Incubate (Tillburg, the Netherlands, 2011), Vaska Emanouilova Gallery (Sofia, 2010).
He has taken part in numerous international art shows among others are: the 56th October Salon, Belgrade (2016); “Variofocus – Artists”, at VIENNACONTEMPORARY (Vienna, 2015); “All I can Do is Art” (Prague, 2013), Sofia Contemporary Festival (Sofia, 2012); “Ritual Of The Habitual” (Plovdiv, 2012); GRID Photographie Biennal (Amsterdam, 2012); PhotoEspaña (Madrid, 2011); the 11th Biennial in Cuenca (Ecuador, 2011); and the “The Power of Doubt”, Times Museum (Guangzhou, China, 2011).

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