Transnational Monuments

In Search for a Universal Sacredness

Location: Plus359 Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
Year: 2022 - Ongoing
Type: Sculptural work, documentary, sound, installation.
Status: Completed
Photography: Riccardo De Vecchi , Bozhana Dimitrova, Cédric Van Parys

Solo Exhibition by Cédric Van Parys | Office CCXD⁣⁣

⁣⁣This exhibition and research project re-envisions Cheshma — traditional drinking water fountains commonly found along the Bulgarian-Turkish borderland — as potential transnational and unifying monuments. Taking a microhistorical approach and focusing on the Bulgarian-Turkish borderland, a place of both enormous national political tension and a connecting membrane between Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam, Van Parys | Office CCXD posed the question — how can we re-imagine and transform the idea and concept of the ‘monument’, from an often hypocritical symbol of nationalism to an inclusive space and infrastructure for contemplation?⁣⁣

⁣⁣The final works or “infrastructures” investigate what a future monument could be by distilling the Cheshma to its most essential elements: the equilibrium between natural forces and human intervention. ⁣⁣

⁣⁣Opening April 29, 17—21h⁣⁣
On show from April 29 - May 22, 2022. ⁣⁣
Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 14h until 19 pm⁣⁣
Address: ul. "Galichitsa" 13а, Lozenets, Sofia ⁣⁣

⁣⁣A project as Artist in Residency at the +359 Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria.⁣⁣
Supported by CBK Rotterdam.⁣⁣


Transnational Monuments: Exhibition film

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