Pravdoliub Ivanov – I Don’t Know What We Should Talk About- Artist talk

I Don’t Know What We Should Talk About
Artist Talk with Pravdoliub Ivanov
Moderator: Vesselina Sarieva

June 17, 2023, 16:00
Sarieva/Gallery, previously artnewscafe

Sarieva / Gallery is pleased to invite the audience to join a conversation with Pravdoliub Ivanov. The meeting takes place within the framework of his solo exhibition “I Don’t Know What You Are Talking About“, which will be on view in the gallery space until 29 July.

Joined by Vesselina Sarieva, the artist will share more about the inspirations and stories behind his current project. Ivanov will discuss his work and the processes involved in its materialization, presentation and articulation of conceptual ideas. The topic of how we think and talk about contemporary art will be addressed by one of the most prominent artists on the Bulgarian art scene. The question is posed in the context of a solo exhibition that experiments with an exploration of images and words – which comes first; which one has a leading role; why cannon the visual be read verbally and why isn’t the product of reading an image?

Drawings by Hand (The Image Cannot be Read), 2023

Pravdoliub Ivanov will give a tour of the exhibition, which explores found objects, images and visualized prejudices, whereas all their interpretations are equally truthful. This is a typical approach for the artist, who constantly seeks the intersection between everyday life and fantasies in his work, through ironic, spontaneous and random imagery.

The event will be held at June 17, starting at 16:00, in the space previously known as artnewscafe.

Pravdoliub Ivanov (1964) is an artist based in Sofia, Bulgaria. He holds a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from National Academy of Arts, Sofia (2015). Ivanov participated in many international shows as Double Up, Neues Museum, Nürnberg, Germany (2022), The Restless Earth, Fondazione N. Trussardi, and Fondazione Triennale di Milano (2017); Symptoms of Society, The Guangdong Museum of Art, China (2017)The Travellers. Voyage and Migration in New Art from Central and Eastern Europe, Zachęta-National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2016); Sport in Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland (2012); Who Killed the Painting?, works from Block Collection, Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany (2009); No New Thing Under the Sun, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2011); L’ Europe en devenir, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France (2007), His solo exhibition, “The Life of Others is Somehow Easier,” (2019) was shown in the Museum of Contemporary Art “Arsenal”, Bialystok, Poland. Ivanov took part in the following biennials: Manifesta 14, Pristina (2022); 52nd Venice Biennial, Italy (2007); 4th Berlin Biennial (2006); 14th Sydney Biennial, Australia (2004); 3rd Manifesta, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2000); 4th Istanbul Biennial (1995). Ivanov’s works are part of public collections as Neues Museum, Nürnberg; Museum ARTER, Istanbul; Museum Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland; EIBank, Luxembourg; Kontakt-Collection, Austria; Art Collection Telekom, Germany; Erste Bank Collection, Austria; Art Collection Deutsche Bank, Germany, City Gallery Sofia and others.

Photo cr.: Stefan Totev and Maria Djelebova