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ON THE SUSPENSE OR HOW TO HIDE A BOMB UNDER THE TABLE

Vaska Emanuilova Gallery, Sofia

24.05.2013 – 23.06.2013

Boryana Rossa, Iskra Blagoeva & Mihail Novakov & Kamen Dimitrov, Kalin Serapionov, Kamen Stoyanov, Lybomir Draganov, Mina Minov, HR-Stamenov, Ciprian Muresan.

Curator: Vdaliya Mihailova

The Meeting Point Platform for Contemporary Art of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery presents an exhibition that includes works by some of the young artists active in the art scene today, as well as works by established artists working with video.
Curator of the exhibition is Vladiya Mihaylova.

Alfred Hitchcock describes one of the ways to obtain suspense in filmmaking as the “bomb theory”. His understanding is that the audience should be emotionally involved in the action by being kept in tension. The intense expectation, as the word “suspense” translates in Bulgarian, is a key technique in cinematic art which is presented in the exhibition as a major element of building up a story in all the fields from mass media through commercials and public speeches to everyday stories.
However, while the main question in the “bomb theory” is when it will go off, the question asked by the exhibition is “how”. How (and by whom) is it decided where the bomb should be placed?
In each individual work the concept of the suspense is expressed in a different way: by inciting the viewer’s memory (Ciprian Muresan); hyper-theorized in a playful way (Lyubomir Draganov); reduced to a specific action or a physical process (Kalin Serapionov, HR-Stamenov); presented as hyperbolized emotions (Boryana Rossa); making an accidental appearance (Kamen Stoyanov); removed from the action itself (Miná Minov); it is connected with the contemporary beauty industry (Iskra Blagoeva, Mihail Novakov, Kamen Dimitrov). Most of the works comment or directly use the language of cinema by “translating” it in a video (and sound) art.

The Meeting Point Platform for young artists and contemporary art of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is supported by Societe Generale Expressbank WE SUCCEED TOGETHER.