LIBRE a public toilet exhibition
Aleksi Ivanov :: 17.11 :: 2017, 19:00
“Libre” – a public toilet exhibition.
Location: The toilet of Contemporary space
Opening: January 17, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
The exhibition is hosted in the space of the toilet of Contemporary space after being presented in the public toilet in front of Museum of Art and Industry in Saint Etienne on 29 December 2017.
As a street artist Aleksi Ivanov works with spaces and enviorenments that he prepares his artworks for. This is the case with this toilet exhibition.
Concept: I believe that toilets is one of the things that we all need and it does not matter what age or race we are, what gender or sexual orientation, amount of knowledge we have, what religion do we have, what our cultural background or nationality is.
The toilet is a place where we stay alone with ourselves and in that perspective it could be more calm and self-conscious for looking at some art piece, than in a crowded gallery or a museum.
The place is unexpected to see art forms different than graffiti tags and stickers. (and maybe a performance if you enter and unwillingly there is already somebody). That’s why it is more like a challenge to produce something specially for the space.
All of the things that are going to be presented are painted on reused wooden planks and stuck to the wall with not harming the space materials. It is few hours event so after everything will be replaced like it did not been there. 50+ canvases around 11 X 11,5 cm. each.
Aleksi has painted butt-men from different races with different story behind them, some of them could be recognized, some are just ordinary ones, like all of us. The exhibition ia adaptated for bulgarian visitors with representatives of the Bulgarian society. As the autor already mentioned, we ALL have the toilet like a place that is common for us, no matter what or who we are.
Date: 17.1.2018 ( WEDNESDAY ) – Save the date!
HUGE thanks to everyone who has read this and is planning to come.
Huge THANKS to Rad TR for editing the original teaser for the event that will be also presented during the event time.
P.S.: Aleksi has already performed canvases and installation in a toilet (of the cosy Stardust cafe) in 2013 in Aarhus/ Denmark.
In 2014 he has heard about the intention of the Bulgarian graphic designer Dimitar Traychev to make entire exhibition in a toilet, so probably he has got influenced about that.