All in Order, with Exceptions
Nedko Solakov (°1957, Cherven Briag) is one of Bulgaria's internationally best known contemporary artists, and has been artistically active for more than thirty years. The exhibition in S.M.A.K. is the first 'retrospective' of Solakov’s work in Belgium.The premise is deceptively simple: Solakov collected documentation of all the work he created between 1980 and 2010, and gave the curators of the various institutions carte blanche to select one work for each year. These thirty works form the basis of the exhibition and in turn Solakov himself adds those typically ironic and melancholy comments that appear so often in his work. Solakov distilled an extra exhibition called ‘All in (my) order, with exceptions’ from the works not included in the curator’s selection and put it on show at the Galleria Civica in Trento.
In THE FOLDERS (2011), the ‘31st' work in the S.M.A.K. exhibition, Solakov comments on his thirty years of artistic practice in a third ‘communicative layer’. This work could be regarded as a kind of sculptural library, divided into three book-benches/bookcases each covering a decade, where Solakov, to his heart’s content, adds footnotes to his own artistic career.
Publication | 'All in Order, with Exceptions'
The exhibition will be accompanied by the first comprehensive retrospective catalogue of Nedko Solakov’s work, published by Hatje Cantz and co-produced by the Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), S.M.A.K. (Ghent), Museu Serralves (Porto) and the Fondazione Galleria Civica (Trento). In addition to illustrations of all the works presented in the four exhibitions, and comprehensive documentation of the artist's archive, the monograph includes new essays by Iara Boubnova (Founding Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia), Christy Lange (Associate Editor of Frieze) and an interview with the artist on art and fairy tales by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Artistic Director, d(OCUMENTA)13). Price: 45 euro.
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