Adata AiR Resident Programme - Meetings with the Artists # 4
ADATA AiR is an artist-in-residence programme in the city of Plovdiv. The residency aims to give a space for a creative exchange that fosters intercultural dialogue and interaction. The platform is open to artists, architects, designers, etc., from Europe to join the special pre-capital-of-culture stage. During their stay, the residents will have the opportunity to develop new projects and interact with local communities and the complex cultural realities of the city.
The artists are visiting Plovdiv in the spring of 2018 to work on their own artistic projects related to topics concerning nature and architectural cultural heritage in Plovdiv.
On 13 June 2018, a meeting # 4 with the Adata AiR artist-in-residence was held at SKLAD (16 Ekzarh Yosif Str., Tobacco City) - Mitko Mitkov (Bulgaria/Germany), Sho Hasegawa (Japan/Germany), Gabriel Birch (UK), Tony Stallard (UK) and Sandra Stallard (UK). The presentation of Mitko and Sha has been accompanied by a pop-up exhibition, curated by the two artists, presenting toher artists from the art scene in Hamburg, where both of them are currently based.
Mitko Mitkov (Ruse, Bulgaria) lives ans works in Hamburg, Germany and divides his time between publishing, curating and developing artistic projects. Mostly through the narration and reassembling of stories, artworks and images, he tries to blur the line between reality and fiction (mitkomitkov.com).
Sho Hasegawa (Gunma, Japan) is mixed-media artist working and living in Hamburg, Germany. Shos artistic practice is tightly linked to natural phenomenas such as light and movement that can be concrete as well as abstract in itself (www.shohasegawa.com).
Gabriel Birch introduced his practice and a research done into Informal Institutions. He also presented the work he plans to produce in response to Adata. Gabriel Birch is an interdisciplinary artist with a practice informed by the crossover between Art and Architecture. He studied Sculpture at the Royal College of Art 2012-2014, having previously attended Brighton University. Gabriel has exhibited across the UK and internationally, with institutions such as Arnolfini, V&A and Glasgow International (www.gabrielbirch.com).
Tony Stallard and Sandra Stallard presentеd SEED - their site-specific sculputre, created during their residency in Plovdiv and refelcting the current state of SKLAD - the space where it is positioned (www.tonystallard.co.uk).
‘Seed’ is an experimental sculptural installation using various mediums, with light. This is a preliminary work for a more major project proposed using ceramic and LED.
The work evolved as an installation at the tobacco warehouse that drew on the cultural history of Plovdiv, particularly the ancient culture, and its heritage. This was juxtaposed with the modern and contemporary.
This work has evolved from thinking about new beginnings, rebirth and resurrection. The tobacco warehouse is being transformed into an art centre for Plovdiv. This made us consider a seed, the beginning of many life forms in nature, as well as cultural re births.
ADATA AiR is realized by Plovdiv 2019 Foundation in partnership with Goethe-Institut Bulgarien and the Polish Institute in Sofia (Instytut Polski w Sofii).
Details at ADATA AiR's facebook page.