In Search for a Universal Sacredness
Location: Plus359 Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
Year: 2022 - Ongoing
Type: Sculptural work, documentary, sound, installation.
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.