Ivan Moudov “thirty-second” at Baba Vasa’s Cellar in Shabla, Bulgaria

Ivan Moudov at BVC, DEC,32,2013, 2018, acrylic on canvas

 

Baba Vasa’s Cellar is an independent art space in Shabla, a small town on the coast of the Black Sea in northern Bulgaria, run by an 90-year-old lady in the cellar of her house. The 11-square-meter space has been refurbished in a white cube. Since its opening in 2002, more than 50 international artists have presented their works there.

“/ When you’re 90 many people that were dear to you are gone. The dog’s run off, the ducks are multiplying and growing wild, the garden’s becoming a jungle. You find TV ever less interesting, you start to forget, one day blends into the next. Dates no longer matter that much.

/ Every day I follow the same course. The icon’s still hanging on the kitchen wall. There’s a photograph in the house I kiss every day. Summer comes and it gets hot, the garden fills with guests. My dearest people come, the heart fills with love. You can hear voices and music, coffee and watermelon being carried back and forth. They go to seaside, they bathe, they surf. My cellar is a gallery with white walls, my garden’s a stage. 

/ The old ladies will be sure to go down and have a look. They’re also here to see how I’m doing and have a drink. There needs to be wine.”— Baba Vasa on the three works by Ivan Moudov

 

Ivan Moudov (1975, Sofia) graduated in 2002 from the National Academy of Art in Sofia. His artistic practice comprises photography, video, performance, and installations. In his work, which has a strong metaphoric charge, he questions the field of contemporary art within the systems of power as well as the sociopolitical and economic conditions; furthermore, by subverting the existing norms and rules he reveals the levers of their functioning. He has presented his work at numerous solo and group exhibitions: Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Cabaret Voltaire (Zürich), Kunstverein Braunschweig (Braunschweig), Manifesta 4 (Frankfurt), the 52nd Venice Biennale, the 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, and Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig – MUMOK (Vienna).

 

Ivan Moudov, Wine for Openings (Baba Vasa’s Cellar), 2018
Installation, sink, pipe, barrel, wine

 

Ivan Moudov, Wine for Openings (Baba Vasa’s Cellar), 2018
Installation, sink, pipe, barrel, wine

 

Ivan Moudov, Saint George, 2018
icon, plug

 

Ivan Moudov, Wine for Openings (Baba Vasa’s Cellar), 2018
Installation, sink, pipe, barrel, wine

 

Ivan Moudov
thirty-second

Baba Vasa´s Cellar | 22 Marica Street, Shabla, Bulgaria

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