Reality's new matrix

Contemporary photographers Anto­ni Geor­gi­ev, Jot­eva and Cesar Escud­ero Andal­uz give us clues about the future of perception

Anto­ni Geor­gi­ev's pho­to­graphs have been tak­en near the Cen­tral Rail­way Sta­tion in Sofia. The com­po­si­tions reveal the hid­den pos­si­ble links among pla­ces, objects and sit­u­a­tions.

Three art­ists, whose works have been dis­played inter­na­tion­al­ly, will intro­duce us to pho­tog­ra­phy's new prospects. Anto­ni Geor­gi­ev, Jot­eva and Cesar Escud­ero Andal­uz will have an exhi­bi­tion at the Rub­ber Gal­lery in Sofia as part of the Water Tow­er Fes­ti­val of Con­tem­po­ra­ry Art. Their artis­tic pur­suits have been unit­ed by pho­tog­ra­phy's ever chang­ing means of expres­sion and its inter­ac­tions with oth­er art forms.

Three art­ists, whose works have been dis­played inter­na­tion­al­ly, will intro­duce us to pho­tog­ra­phy's new prospects. Anto­ni Geor­gi­ev, Jot­eva and Cesar Escud­ero Andal­uz will have an exhi­bi­tion at the Rub­ber Gal­lery in Sofia (24 June - 1 July) as part of the Water Tow­er Fes­ti­val of Con­tem­po­ra­ry Art. Their artis­tic pur­suits have been unit­ed by pho­tog­ra­phy's ever chang­ing means of expres­sion and its inter­ac­tions with oth­er art forms. The joint pres­en­ta­tion at the Rub­ber Gal­lery is par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ing not only as a dia­logue among dif­fer­ent pho­to­graph­ic approach­es but also as a snap­shot of the sea of infor­ma­tion which alters the way we read and write, record ima­ges, see the world and per­ceive things.   

Anto­ni Geor­gi­ev was born in Sofia and com­plet­ed a Mas­ter's degree in Pho­tog­ra­phy in Pres­ton, UK. The "MYS­TI­FI­CA­TION: A mid­win­ter's Sat­ur­day fog" is a series of pho­to­graphs meant as a pas­tiche to Shake­speare's Mid­sum­mer Night's Dream. Five large-scale boards con­tain­ing the pho­tos have been chained to the ceil­ing cre­at­ing the impres­sion of walls of a room. The pho­to­graphed objects have been immersed in fog, exhib­it­ing a delib­er­ate­ly sought play on depth and geo­met­ri­cal shapes. Anto­ni has writ­ten a text con­sist­ing of mov­ie titles to accom­pa­ny the ima­ges that resem­bles a cin­e­mat­ic nar­ra­tive. This is the art­ist's way to show how syn­thet­ic think­ing in ima­ges and sym­bols pre­vails over ver­bal and log­i­cal rea­son­ing in the era of mass pho­tog­ra­phy.  

Jot­eva is a Bul­gar­ia-born mul­ti­me­dia art­ist. She grew up in Los Ange­les and stud­ied at the Pho­tog­ra­phy Depart­ment of San­ta Mon­i­ca Col­lege and the Aus­tral­ian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty. She uses a mul­ti­ple expo­si­tion tech­nique to reveal var­i­ous states of mind in her Stoned Skins project, where the facade of the water tow­er in Sofi­a's Loz­en­ets res­i­den­tial area has been past­ed over por­traits and pho­to­graphs of parts of the human body.

"When not occu­pied it with­ers, when not loved from with­in it dete­ri­o­rates. When for­got­ten and emp­tied men­tal­ly, the sur­round­ing envi­ron­ments over­grow it from with­out. When lack­ing the touch of nur­tur­ing pres­ence, it crum­bles to its frame­work from with­in... The project hopes to insti­gate con­tem­pla­tions on the par­al­lel between phys­i­cal pres­ence (with­in a build­ing) and men­tal aware­ness (with­in a body)," Jot­eva explains.

Cesar Escud­ero Andal­uz stud­ied Vis­u­al Arts and Mul­ti­me­dia at the Pol­y­tech­nic Uni­ver­si­ty of Valen­cia. Since 2011 he has been doing research in the field of users and inter­fa­ces in the Inter­face Cul­ture LAB at the Kun­stu­ni­ver­sit­at in Linz, Aus­tria.

The File_Mon project uses desk­top gen­er­at­ed ima­ges of inter­net pic­tures and desk­top icons and files past­ed on top.

"The tech­ni­cal repro­duc­tion of these ima­ges is pre­sent­ed to us today as sim­ple pie­ces of the vis­i­ble, shown by means of screens via tel­e­vi­sion and inter­net in a con­tin­u­ous and unstop­pa­ble flow," writes Cesar Escud­ero Andal­uz.

The File_Mon project has already been part of media fes­ti­vals in Lyon and New York, and fol­low­ing its stint at the Rub­ber Gal­lery in Sofia, it will be exhib­it­ed in Ber­lin.

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