Common Goods for Public Wealth

Common Goods for Public Wealth
2013, take away sculpture in public space
Sofia Contemporary Festival, Bulgaria

Not so long ago the notion of Common was embodied in the official stat policy. In the post communist society the atempts for establishment of privat spaces and ownership prevalied ,wich reflected the relations between people- they ended alienated, daily compeating each other. Even concidering myself pessimist and nihilist in general,I believe the idea of commonwealth is based on a simple common sence.
This work is a comment on the communist ideology and the western “fast food” society.

photo: Dimitar Solakov

Untitled

Untitled
2013, sound installation, at Vaska Emanuilova Gallery’s Toilet
collaboration with Mihail Novakov & Kamen Dimitrov

Every Revolution Was Put In A Frame

Every Revolution Was Put In A Frame
2013, A Collaborative Non-Act of Iskra Blagoeva and Övül Durmuşoğlu

Male authors and authorities white
Ain’t they love defining our limits
Beware! They have rulers
Ain’t they into practicing on continents

Male authors and authorities white
With their rule books open wide
Klink! They have dollar eyes
Only think of profit when you mention rights

Just remain leaping into that void baby
Heyyeah heyyeah
Free is your main question
Sometimes non-act is the best supermario act

Male authors and authorities white
They love parceling open access
Those were the days babe when they said
How transparent are our democracies

Male authors and authorities white
Wizzz! Then and now reboots capital worship
Occupy your moment and expand baby
That’s what all the wise queerness demands

Just remain leaping into that void baby
Heyyeah heyyeah
Common is your main question
Sometimes non-act is the best supermario act

Refrain
If we are born to die, we are free to share and free to write
If we are born to die, we are free to share and free to write
If we are born to die, we are free to share and free to write
If we are born to die, we are free to share and free to write

text: Övül Durmuşoğlu

photo: Mihail Novakov

Lilith Was Here

Lilith Was Here
2012, 13 figures, 12cm. high, white chocolate
Sofia City Art Gallery Collection, Bulgaria

In this work is used the common image of the Madonna caring the child Jesus, represented in variety of souvenirs and vastly recognized as the image of the Holy Mother. The objects were created in series of 13 equal object, referring to the number of people, including Jesus himself, depicted in Leonardo Da Vinci’ s mural Last Supper. After casting the figures in white chocolate the baby Jesus is removed by hand from the arms of the Mother. In this way the image becomes highly ambivalent, as if the Maria (the Madonna) is freed from the role to be a mother, referring back to the much older and not well represented image of Lilith. According to Jewish mythology Lilith was the first wife of Adam, who was created from the same dirt as him. Lilith is often envisioned as a dangerous demon of the night, who is sexually wanton, and who steels babies in the darkness.

Vaska Emanuilova Gallery, exhibition view:

Contemporary Space Varna, exhibition view:

Adam’s Last Supper

Adam’s Last Supper
2012, 114x70cm, acrylic on canvas
National Art Gallery Collection, Bulgaria

The painting depicts Adam (the first man) as a strange figure of desire. He is as on a plate at the centre of an empty table. The composition refers to the classical work “The Last Supper” by Leonardo Da Vinci. By turning Adam into an object the painting aims to comment on the male dominated structure of the space and the phenomenon of objectification of the women. It represents also a change of the gaze. The question remains who is looking at Adam, who desires him?

Every Moon is Brutal, Every Sun Bitter

Every Moon is Brutal, Every Sun Bitter
site-specific, collaborative work with the photographer Mihail Novakov
2012 , variouse sizes, print
Sofia City Art Gallery Collection, Bulgaria

The work refers to the myth of Danaë, who was the daughter and only child of King Acrisius of Argos and his wife Queen Eurydice. According to the myth the god Zeus fell in love with Danaë and came to her in the form of golden rain. In that way Danaë conceived Perseus. The photography “reenacts” the classical Greek composition depicting the copulation between Zeus and Danaë, however the image is transformed. In front of the viewer stands a beautiful model on a gynecological chair, improperly pure and sexy dressed for the occasion. The golden rain is substituted by the white, cold and artificial light of the lamp.

Vaska Emanuilova Gallery, exhibition view:

photo: Mihail Novakov

UN CABINET D’AMATEUR, exhibition view:

photo: Mihail Novakov