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30 November - 19 December 2021 - Zoran Mishe solo exhibition

Opening: 30.11, 5 PM

curated by Hristo Kaloyanov

After his last solo exhibition (LOST, 2020) Zoran Mishe returns again to his earliest memories: to an unburdened, unrestrained, imagined childhood. With the already mastered techniques of eau-forte and aquatinta, the artist, who brings together generations of print with ease, turns to the primary source of a theme that has marked the earliest steps of the untamed. Mishe has freely scattered his construction blocks, the same way a child scatters its toys.

Unlike the fast-produced and mass-distributed LEGO, the constructor is present-at-hand, an essential component of the naïveté of child’s play. The graphic artist Mishe’s technique sketches the sophistication of this theme, consisting of a multitude of scattered parts. The separate elements on the surface follow their own geometry, rather than the space of the sheet. Each of them finds its place thanks to a preliminary plan of disorder. Etching uses the original as a plan according to which the transferred ink leaves an imprint. On the other hand, the game has no original, only rules. Following them reveals the core of the effort and a gamelike truth shines through.

Once found, it takes a central place. The construction block becomes an universal image, symbolising the return of memory. Standing alone amongst the multitude of produced analogues, it pierces the imaginary space of memory.

About Zoran Mishe:

Zoran Mishe (b. 1984 in Ohrid, lives and works in Sofia) is an artist most often associated with graphic art. He graduated with a bachelor's and master's degree in graphics from the National Academy of Arts in Bulgaria. He is the founder and member of Print Nest studio. He has three solo exhibitions and many group ones in Bulgaria and abroad (Austria, Romania, Switzerland, Italy, China, Spain, Macedonia, Serbia, USA, Czech Republic, and Japan).

His art has received international recognition and has been awarded prizes at exhibitions and biennials in Spain, Italy, Serbia, and Bulgaria. Mishe was on the jury of the VIII International Triennial of Graphics in Sofia. He is currently a teacher at the College of Arts in Sofia.


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