The Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia presents:
THE ORDINARY THINGS
Artist: Lidija Delić
Curator: Martina Yordanova
January 27 – February 28, 2022
Opening: January 27, Thursday, 6-8 pm
ICA-Sofia Gallery / 134, Vasil Levski Blvd. (entrance from Ekzarh Yosif St.)
“With a bit of luck there’ll be no more dreams”
Inspired by James G. Ballard’s The Drowned World, I’m exploring everyday places, objects that inhabit them and the environments that surround them. By displaying daily routines that happen on the territory of an island in which I’ve spent a limited amount of time, I direct our attention toward the vegetation, the picturesque sceneries and the narratives that are soon to be lost. Also, through painting, I aim to preserve and share memories of events that, once lived, just pass.
In 2021 for the solo show of Lidija Delić at the Eugster Gallery in Belgrade, the curator Natalija Paunić finished her text with the words: “With a bit of luck there’ll be no more dreams.” Five large-scale diptychs were on display there. Together with Lidija, we selected three of them for the exhibition at the ICA-Sofia Gallery. Also, an older and significantly smaller work, which will greet the visitors at the entrance. A curtain without a view.
The presence of just a part of the works keeps the impact but unavoidably changes the context of the cycle. When installed in the interior of the ICA-Sofia Gallery – a former apartment without any visible “domestic” features left, the paintings of Lidija Delić are telling new and different stories. Some are true, others – not so true… Nonetheless, these are stories about events that may or may have not happened. The narrative is still there, but the story has changed.
THE ORDINARY THINGS
is the first exhibition in the year-long program Superpositions 2 / Entanglement, 2022 of the Institute of Contemporary Art-Sofia. The program includes six exhibitions, each one a collaboration between an artist and a curator, along with a cycle of educational events and discussions. All these will examine the entanglement of contemporary art with politics, science and technology, popular culture, gender and social movements, ecology and migration. The program is supported by the National Fund “Culture”
/ The Annual Program for Support of Professional Organizations in the Field of Arts.
The visual identity of the program is created by Denislav Golemanov. As if in a scientific experiment, he is stimulating the symbiosis between the artist and the curator on the level of graphics even before the actual physical event. Visual elements supplied by the artist and curator are transformed and entangled via artificial intelligence. The dynamic digital vision is evolving along the collaboration between the exhibiting authors. Its evolutionary path terminates with the opening of the exhibition.
lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. She graduated in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade in 2010, and earned a PhD in the Multimedia Art Department from the University of the Arts, Belgrade in 2015. She is a co-founder and member of the artist-run U10 Art Space in Belgrade. In 2017 she represented Serbia at the Mediterranea 19 Young Artists’ Biennale (BJCEM) in Tirana, Albania. Lidija Delić was a finalist at the 2017 Mangelos Award, and in 2018 exhibited at the 57th October Salon, Belgrade. In 2019, Lidija Delić was an Artist-in-Residence with the Balkan Projects and Swiss Institute program in New York City, USA. Together with four other artists, Lidija Delić will represent Montenegro at the 59th Venice Biennial in 2022. Currently Lidija Delić is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade.
Martina Yordanova is a curator and researcher, currently working at the National Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria. The latest large-scale exhibition she worked on together with curator Boryana Valchanova is entitled “The time has come to talk of many things ...” It showcases over 120 works by 37 authors from 21 countries, all from the contemporary art collection of Deutsche Telekom, Berlin. Martina Yordanova is the 2022 director of the 25th Biennial of Humor and Satire in Art in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. She is the initiator and curator of the “1m2 Art” – a project based in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria where each month a different artist from the local art scene presents her/his works in a space no larger than its name. Together with TAM, the space for culture in Veliko Tarnovo, she is managing the visual arts program of the organization. In 2022 multidisciplinary projects are planned for the public space of the city with local and guest artists.