Open Arts Foundation presents:
FLUCA - Austrian Cultural Pavilion
38 Otets Paisiy Street, Plovdiv
For six consecutive summers at the very end of Otets Paisiy Street in Plovdiv, a curious highly reflective container - FLUCA - attracted attention. An art object itself, the container functions as an alternative to a gallery space, a stage, and an art pavilion.
In the warm half of 2021, when the urban atmosphere here is naturally intensified around outdoor meetings, FLUCA will once again offer itself as an active meeting point. Six consecutive exhibition projects, from May to October, are going to rouse the ambiance as well as the topics of conversations. In the coziness of the street and involving the invited artists foremost, the current curatorial program tackles a discussion over aesthetics, kitsch, nature, design, pop culture and the confluence of pleasures.
On the stage of FLUCA with new works and projects created for FLUCA, we will see solo or group exhibitions of Bulgarian and Austrian, young and established authors, including: Alina Papazova, Alexandra Georgieva, Rosie Eisor, Karine Fauchard and Lazar Lyutakov, Aaron Roth, Lexi Fleurs and Mitch Brezounek, Gabriele Edlbauer and others.
Mid-season, in between the exhibition series to be held in Plovdiv, an extraordinary weekend in July should bring the talks around FLUCA also to Sofia for a pop-up exhibition and a screening.
Apart from its already recognizable, physically reflective surface reflecting all light, within the current FLUCA program the container is set to capture in its mirror fragments that are recognizable as ongoing in the current artistic field through a meta image of the presented artists’ creative work.
I spellbind the FLUCA space in 2021 to be a place for artistic collaboration, where artists feel free to share their independent views.
Watch FLUCA season 2021 documentary here:
For its sixth season in 2021 FLUCA - Austrian Cultural Pavilion, Open Arts Foundation and Vesselina Sarieva invite Valko Chobanov as curator. He is a visual artist who also practices as an independent curator. In 2020, on the stage of FLUCA, he realized the exhibition "particular impulse".
FLUCA – Austrian Cultural Pavilion is a long-term cultural project - an initiative of the Open Arts Foundation (Plovdiv), the Austrian Embassy in Sofia, supported by the Austrian Federal Chancellery and the Municipality of Plovdiv.
In 2021 FLUCA is supported by the National Culture Fund – Annual Program for Support of Professional Organisations in the Field of Arts.
Partners of Fluca - Austrian Cultural Pavilion are traditionally artnewscafe and Sariev gallery, Plovdiv.
Valko Chobanov was born in 1991 in Plovdiv. He graduated in Scenography at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts, Plovdiv and Digital Arts at the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria. He works in the media of painting, video art and performance. In 2017 he had his first solo exhibition "Inorganic / Organic'' at Coffee & Gallery Cu29, Plovdiv, with the support of the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award. He has participated in various group exhibitions and projects in Bulgaria and abroad. His video art works are shown in the Bad Video Art Festival, Moscow, 2018 and in "Niglo", 2017 as well as #VERYSHORTFILMFEST @ Vine, 2013. His performance art works such as "Pizza slut" - presented at the DA Fest, 2015 and in the еXAF project space, Plovdiv, while "I have a pale cultural dissonance, yeah like whatever fuck it and feelings and stuff", 2017 and "LOL", 2018 were part of the program of the performance art festival Sofia Underground. Valko Chobanov is the 2019 BAZA / Young Visual Artists Awards winner – a prize attributed by the Sofia City Art Gallery and Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia.
“Art is fun for me. Most of what I do is a combination of messages and is a commentary on the social and institutional reality I have to work with. My main inspiration for creating art comes - as paradoxical as it sounds - from nature and the internet, at the same time. My motivation to continue doing contemporary art is due to my great desire to change the way people in Bulgaria look at it.”