The Herbarium collection documents the energy of the creative act, whether it is a fixed momentary impulse or a precisely considered gesture. Herbarization is the act of capturing memories, emotions, words, images that have lost their meaning, images that have gradually become essential, the explosive joy of new ideas, its transformation into calm indifference, or in short, the ceaseless human quest for meaning in all its dimensions. What would the selection of museum specimens of world culture look like if it were the work of artists rather than art historians? In what way would each artist [...]
The Herbarium project explores the working environment in contemporary culture, and at its centre is a collection capturing the creative energy of different generations of artists around the world in 40x40x10cm or 20x40x10cm boxes. The content of each box is accompanied by a description and a sound file published on the website www.herbariumcollection.com. Invited by the curator Irina Batkova, the artists select two new participants - thus creative contacts in the art world are tracked through the new additions to the collection.
During the preparation of the first exhibition "The Herbarium [...]
On March 13, 2020, a state of exception was stated in Bulgaria, as in many countries around the world, in connection with the declared pandemic of Covid 19 virus. The subsequent social isolation stopped not only the normal rhythm of life for every citizen from the affected countries, it rescheduled all over the world under completely new rules of conduct in the public arena unforseen for us all. Unexpectedly, we found ourselves in a situation of an unfamiliar form of government, which, according to Giorgio Agamben's definition, "is no one's land between public law and political fact, and [...]