Reality's new matrix
Contemporary photographers Antoni Georgiev, Joteva and Cesar Escudero Andaluz give us clues about the future of perception
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.