THE NATIONAL GALLERY
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
OCCURRENCES OF ABUNDANCE
Participants: Axinia Peycheva, Antoni Rayzhekov, Marta Dzhurina and Pepa Ivanova
Curators: Martina Yordanova and Günter Seyfried
4–28 March 2021
Vernissage on Thursday, 4 March, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.,
observing all anti-epidemic measures and with controlled access
SAMCA, 2, Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia
‘Occurrences of Abundance’, an exhibition dedicated to BioArt, aims to transform abstract research postulates into a tangible and shared experience. The artists Axinia Peycheva, Antoni Rayzhekov, Marta Dzhurina and Pepa Ivanova incorporate insights from art, science, and philosophy, generating an unusual confrontation on a wide range of issues related to human existence.
The project examines the emerging potential of biotechnology in combination with other disciplines and domains of development. In the contemporary world, it is impossible to envisage life sciences beyond the concepts of political economy. Economic growth, productivity and value creation are seen as a relationship between state-funded basic research, the market of new technologies, and financial capital. The consequences of these changes are explored through an interdisciplinary approach, taking into account artistic responses, suggestions and reflections, as well as relevant discourses and practices in the sciences, in order to develop a critical understanding of the challenging issues relating to the interdependence of economics and biology.
The exhibition coincides with the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, which is having an immense impact on individuals, communities and societies, on culture, economy, ecology, and other domains. We are witnessing a remarkable interaction, on a global scale, between the complex and dynamic manifestations of current coronavirus activity and the equally complex and dynamic economic processes.
With the support of the National Culture Fund, Goethe-Institut Bulgarien and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Sofia.
For further information:
Nadezhda Dzhakova, Director of SAMCA
+359 879 834 030
Martina Yordanova, curator at the National Gallery
+359 888 055 509