ReForget Your Past
Nikola Mihov :: 12 - 16.11 :: 2019

Nikola Mihov
ReForget Your Past
12 – 16 November
12 November, Tuesday, 19:00
Opening in the presence of Nikola Mihov
Exhibition side-program:
13 November, Wednesday, 19:00
“I See Red People”, 83′, 2018, documentary film screening, dir. Bojina Panayotova
(Tickets: Standard Ticket 8 BGN, 6 BGN for students and pensioners)
14 November, Thursday, 19:00
“I See Red People”, 83′, 2018, documentary film screening, dir. Bojina Panayotova
(Tickets: Standard Ticket 8 BGN, 6 BGN for students and pensioners)
15 November, Friday, 18:30
Guided tour of the exhibition with Nikola Mihov
16 November, Saturday, 17:00 – 18:00
Artist talk with Kaloyan Iliev – Kokimoto, Viktoria Georgieva – Mouse, Nikolay Bozhinov, Martin Atanasov
16 November, Saturday, 19:00
Screening of “Cominists in a period“ short film documentary by Alexi Ivanov, presented by director Radoslav Radoslavov
Contemporary Space Gallery will mark the 30th anniversary of the events of November 10, 1989, still seen as contradictory by the Bulgarian society, with the exhibition ReForget Your Past by Nikola Mihov. For this project he invited more than 30 Bulgarian and international artists – painters, photographers, designers and graffiti artists, asking each of them to transform a copy of his photobook Forget Your Past. The book itself, published in 2012 by Janet 45 Publishing House, traces the fate of the most important communist-era monuments in Bulgaria from the moment of their construction to the present day of decay and abandonment. The title of the series is borrowed from graffiti writing over the entrance of the Bulgarian Communist Party Memorial at Mount Buzludzha, that poignantly illustrates their fate – to be silent symbols of the forgotten past.
Starting from the idea to transform the book from serial edition into an independent artistic work, the project has developed in several directions. Apart from acting directly on the physical book using collage, image or text, some of the artists also used the book as a basis for video, performance and sculpture. Others reinterpret completely the book transforming it into a cookbook, Windows error messages guide, a coloring book, small encyclopedia of chalga music, advertising catalogue of big brands, and even a collection of paper planes, made out of the book’s sheets.
The exhibition will present a selection of unique books, as well as different works and videos created by the artists: Anton Terziev, Atanasov, Alexi Ivanov, Vito Valentinov, Vesela Mihaylova, Viktoria Georgieva – Mouse, Grzegorz Loznikow (Poland), Glow, Kalin Serapionov, Kaloyan Iliev – Kokimoto, Kaliya Kalacheva, Kremena Nikolova, Ivaylo Stoyanov and Velin Petkov, Martin Kasper (Germany), Milena Makarius, Maria Nalbantova, Martin Angelov, Nedko Solakov, Nikolay Panayotov, Natalie van Doxell (France), Nikolay Bozhinov – Nikkawhy, Lachezar Boyadzhiev, Nadezhda-Oleg Lyahova, Stefan Nikolaev, Stanislav Belovski, Rada Lewis, Viktoria Staykova , Xpome, Yasen Sgurovski.
*The documentaries accompanying the project are created by Rayna Taneva with the support of Gaudenz B. Ruf Award.