(c) Martin Wimmer, 2019
Shape of Scars
Vasilena Gankovska, Olivier Hölzl, Emil Kirov, Iv Toshain
Curated by Boris Kostadinov
Seidlgasse 14, 1030
The exhibition presents artists who participated in the activities of FLUCA – Austrian Cultural Pavilion – part of the program of Plovdiv 2019 – European Capital of Culture.
The project corresponds with the development of the Tattoo Series by Reinhold Zisser within the art fair Art Fair viennacontemporary 2019 and with the participation of Notgalerie in Parallel Vienna 2019 – Art Fair featuring Iv Toshain.
SHAPE OF SCARS brings together works that conceptualize visible and invisible scars left on the surface of history, the social process, the invisible personal world or the highly visible urban environment.
Vasilena Gankovska treats the symbolism of architecture as an object that could be printed – like a tattoo on а human skin.
Another type of “skin” (leather) is represented by Iv Toshain in her work which monumentalizes the fate of the artist in the context of our political and social reality.
Emil Kirov creates objects as a metaphor of the deep scars on the surface of our private world. The process of treating of the depression is presented as a beautiful object, which however has an ugly meaning for a sufferer with a mental disorder.
Olivier Hölzl interprets the history of the scars at Napoleon Bonaparte’s Chateau de Fontainebleau. In his work, the beautiful ornamentation is also just a surface and behind it are the hidden twists of the history.
A project supported by
Austrian Federal Chancellery 2016 – 2017, Austrian Embassy Sofia, Пловдив – Европейска столица на културата 2019 / Plovdiv 2019 ECOC, OPEN ARTS Foundation