THERE YOU ARE // BULGARIA PAVILION
April 23rd - November 27th, 2022
There You Are. Bulgaria National Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale of Art
Curated by Irina Batkova.
Artist on show: Michail Michailov
Opening: April 22nd, 3pm-6pm
Opening hours: April 23 – November 27, 2022, 10am to 6pm
Location: Spazio Ravà, San Polo 1100 (near the Rialto Bridge)
International Press Enquiries:
MUSIZ Foundation, Sofia Gergana Mudova - firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS: Take part in the performance organised by Michail Michailov at Ca' Foscari University on October 21st. Read more on the dedicated page.
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria and the National Gallery, Sofia, have the pleasure of announcing the participation of Bulgaria at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Michail Michailov presents the There You Are project, curated by Irina Batkova.
Michail Michailov is an artist who enlists the aid of various media (performance, drawing, video, sculpture, installation) to create meditative territories where the viewer apprehends unexpected aspects of being. In the There You Are project, he explores Spazio Ravà to redesign the visible and invisible details that make up the exhibition interior in the context of the body and its interaction with its living environment. Following the geometry of the rooms, the cabinets already mounted on the walls, along with the space's architectural features, Michail Michailov takes up the free areas below and between them and positions the drawings from the Dust to Dust series. By building three-dimensional objects similar in shape and proportions to the furniture, the artist simultaneously creates a minimalist and absurd environment. This series, on which the artist began to work eight years ago, won first prize at 2018 Drawing Now Art Fair in Paris.
Michail Michailov explained his exploratory interest in the traces of human existence depicted in Dust to Dust as follows: "I draw the dust, stains, useless pieces of plastic and mold that accumulate in my studio. Things are generated through my own existence and the existence of the people close to me – all those things we'd rather not see and usually choose to dispose of or hide. The drawing process takes almost as much time as it takes for the material to gather naturally. Looking for answers to what has real meaning in life, I realize how relative our individual answers may be. Just as relative as the viewer's perception, who, when looking at my drawings, often finds it hard to distinguish between the real and the drawn dust."