Nadezhda Oleg Lyakhova presents his new exhibition – “Fish, birds, butterflies and fish again” in the “Structure” gallery on November 14.
The exhibition presents a video installation consisting of 6 projections created in the period 2019-2023: “Love Story”, “Pisces”, “Birds”, “Butterflies”, “Pisces”, “Bear”.
“This is an exhibition that we decided to show after a long time with my friend Maria Vasileva, art critic, curator. These are words and expressions that you forget from where and why, but sometimes they come to the surface and you can’t get rid of them, he told “Night Horizon” author Nadezhda Oleg Lyakhova.
The author mixes documents, historical facts and concrete images with fairy tales, pictorial impressions and visual metaphors.
In the central video, a fictional story unfolds, but it could also be true. The characters will hardly be the same, but their destinies are recognizable. Nadezhda Oleg Lyakhova does not hesitate to delve into history, as well as to look at the present through its prism and lessons. Obviously, for her there is no border between past and present.
The central video, in which, in addition to the vision, the viewer is guided by the author’s voice, is surrounded by 4 projections. They correspond to the four seasons, which remind us of the cyclical nature of life and the inexorable passage of time.
The last almost static video frame, in which a ray of sunlight slowly passes through the archival photo, can be considered a symbolic ending – a momentary revival or a ray of long-lasting hope.
Nadezhda Oleg Lyakhova she was born in 1960. She is the author of videos, installations, actions, objects. Uses paper, tin, nails, spoons, soap, sand, ice, ice cream, cotton candy, camera and camera. Among her more important solo exhibitions are: “On the kitchen table”, Little Bird Place, Sofia (2020); “How are you?”, Structure Gallery, Sofia (2019); “Ctrl Z”, Arosita Gallery, Sofia (2016); “Frames”, Sofia City Art Gallery (2013); “eco stories”, Sklada, Sofia (2011); “The global and long-term situation is positive”, Sofia City Art Gallery (2009); “Moderate Optimism”, No. 9 6th September Street, Sofia (2008); “Lions of Sofia”, Artists’ Association fabs, Warsaw (2006) and Goethe-Institut, Sofia (2005); Vanitas, Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan (2004). In 2009, he won the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award.
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