Nedko Solakov – kathmandu triennale

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Black and White

This performative installation will take place during the whole two weeks of the Kathmandu Triennale. Two painters paint the surface of a plint. On the one side one person paints with black paints, on the other side the second person paints with white paint. Each one paints over other, and this goes on and on. This absurd action can be seen as a comment on painting as such, but is also a comment on the absurd elements of labor and life.


Sharing Fears, 2017

Photo prints representing “My Fears” polyptych from 1989; video film on flat screen, colour, sound, 51 seconds; texts handwritten by Shristhi Shrestha, following the artist’s Skype guidance, but mainly her own intuition; overall dimensions variable. At the core of this work is a reproduction of a painting photographed in the studio of the artist. The painting reminds us of a classical, orthodox icon. The central canvas shows a portrait of the artist in profile, surrounded by other smaller paintings. A series of numbers on the canvas indicate places to which the artist fulfills a daily ritual in relation to his fears. For Kathmandu Triennale the artist recreated the work adding new layers to it. Central to the work of Nedko Solakov is the narrative. Solakov is a story teller, and in this particular work he tells a story which can be read as a self-portrait.




Since the beginning of the 1990s, Nedko Solakov (born 1957, Tcherven Briag, Bulgaria; lives in Sofia) has exhibited extensively in Europe and the United States. His work was featured in Aperto’93 (Venice Biennial); the 48th, 49th, 50th and 52nd Venice Biennial; the 3rd, 4th and 9th Istanbul Biennial; São Paulo’94; Manifesta 1, Rotterdam; the 2nd and 4th Gwangju Biennial; the 5th Lyon Biennial, Sonsbeek 9, Arnhem, the 4th and 5th Cetinje Biennial, the 1st Lodz Biennial; the 7th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates; the 3rd Tirana Biennial; the 2nd Seville Biennial; the 2nd Moscow Biennial; documenta 12; 16th Sydney Biennial; Prospect 1, New Orleans Biennial, Singapore Biennial 2011 and dOCUMENTA (13). Recently he had solo shows at Museu do Chiado, Lisbon; Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam; CCA Kitakyushu, Japan; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona; Kunsthaus Zurich; Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli; Sofia City Art Gallery, Galleria Borghese, Rome and Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg. In 2003-2005 an extensive mid-career "A 12 1/3 (and even more) Year Survey" was presented at Casino Luxembourg, Rooseum Malmoe and O.K Centrum Linz, and in 2008-2009 the “Emotions” solo project was exhibited at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, and Institut Mathildenhoehe, Darmstadt. In 2011-2012 his retrospective “All in Order, with Exceptions” was presented at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Fondazione Galleria Civica Trento (“All in (My) Order, with Exceptions”); S.M.A.K., Ghent and Fundação de Serralves, Porto. His works belong to more than fifty international museums and public collections, among them MoMA New York, Tate Modern, London and Center Pompidou, Paris.