Paper parade in Sofia
13 April, 2018
For the second consecutive time the Sofia Paper Art Fest is bringing its project Past. Present. Future to the audience. It is organised as two exhibitions united by a common theme.The main exhibition presents works that are deep spiritual interpretations of Bulgarian cultural heritage. Young and upcoming artists like Stanislava Anchova, Kaloyan Georgiev, Maria Angelova and Stanislava Ivanova are featured alongside established names like Todor Todorov, Anna Boyadzhieva, Snezhana Simeonova, Daniela Todorova, Valentin Balev, Rozina Makaveeva, Manya Vaptsarova and Laura Dimitrova. The project is also joined by a team from the Calligraphy department of the National Academy of Arts. This is a symbiosis of tradition and innovation in Bulgarian contemporary art, moving from the socialist period, through the country's transition to democracy, to the present day and a look to the future. Each of the artists sends their personal message about harmony, tolerance, uniqueness and humanism to united Europe and the world we live in. The second exhibition is the jubilee edition of the Amateras Paper Art International Competition. It showcases a selection of 67 works from 25 countries, including by some prominent artists, members of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA), like Elliana Anhina, Marcelle Benhamou, Priscilla Robins, Nane Wenhammer, Aleyandra Correct, Angela Barbour, Josephine Tabbert, etc. Many of the event's laureates over the years are also presented: Atsumi Murata, Noriko Amano, Josephine Coy, Sun Young Kang, Tzveta Petrova, Laura Dimitrova and Adriana Boyadzhieva. The exhibition is a colourful puzzle of ideas, techniques, concepts, experiments, achievements and avant-garde solutions, which makes the competition a genuine paper parade. Many of the artists have won awards in other international forums. This year's edition includes artists who have shown their works in some of the world's most famous museums in Germany, Italy, the UK, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, China, the US, Argentina, etc. On 18 May, the international jury will announce the winners in the presence of more than 140 artists from all over the world attending the IAPMA congress within the framework of the Sofia Paper Art Fest.
A project by Manya Vaptsarova.
This work is called The Trees of Dreams.