Biennial for Contemporary Young Artists, curator Irina Grabovan
2006, exhibition view, Bucharest, Romania
The idea: to make portraits of great artistic merit in the spirit
of Renaissance, of our contemporaries, people engaged in intellectual
How was the idea conceived: there is a beautiful view from the window
of my place of work. A part of the National Library, the garden belonging
to it, some buildings and in a distance - the impressive Balkan mountains
can be seen. Most of the people who visit me on one or another occasion,
sit down with their back to the window, which takes up whole northern
wall and their silhouettes are outlined against the view. As a setting
this reminded me not only once of the magnificent portrait of Federico
da Montefeltro, the duke of Urbino, painted in 1465-66 by the great
Renaissance artist Piero de la Francesca. I had the impression that
this context seemed to express the best of the very human being. I
shared my observations with Alexander Valchev, and it turned out that
he had also had similar impressions and associations. That is how
the idea of the present project was conceived.
Realization of the idea: after we saw a great number of Renaissance
portraits, we decided that it was a good idea to introduce several
criteria on the selectio of the models. They should be people engaged
with intellectual work, should have inner potential, and as far as
its possible, physical resemblance with a certain Renaissance person.
The main and not an easy task of the author was to express the spiritual
nature of the portrayed person, to catch convey such depth, inner
beauty and dignity, which are a distinctive feature of the Renaissance
portraits. In order to achieve this goal, the suitable character was
put in typical background reproducing as exactly as possible the posture,
atmosphere and setting from a portrait - prototype. In technical respect,
the so created "neo-Renaissance" portraits are large-format
digital colored prints.
The massage: each ordinary person might look with dignity.
If the person wants to make minimum efforts. People nowadays are not
much more different than those who lived 500 years ago. Portraits serve
as evidence of that. Maybe people have only lost their own calmness
and faith of the Renaissance man that he is the most perfect creation
Stefania Yanakieva, curator
*reminiscence - / lat. reminiscentia/ - reverberation
of somebody else`s work in poetry, music, fine arts, etc.
Series of 16 photographs /till 2010/, edition of 7 + 1 a.p. /made 2004 - 2005/, edition of 5 + 1 a.p. /made since 2007/