Published by Spector Books. Edited by Ellen Blumenstein.
With Markings, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Spector Books are initiating a series of small-format, polymorph publications. They will be produced together with artists who have exhibited, intervened, or performed at the Kunst-Werke. The KW Pocket series aims to create a platform within which projects can be documented, continued or re-interpreted. Within the framework of the exhibition Relaunch (2013), the cooperation Markings between Nedko Solakov (artist) and Ellen Blumenstein (curator) inaugurated the new program of the institution Kunst-Werke. The reader of the book accompanies the artist and the curator on their walk through the building in Berlin’s Auguststraße. The comments and markings that Nedko Solakov tagged with a black marker on walls, windows, passages, and doors allow the past to resurface, they revolve around the building’s present and presence and sketch out ideas for its future. They act as an appropriation of the space and simultaneously as a self-representation of the institution. The series will be continued with titles by Georgia Sagri and Merlin James.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Iara Boubnova, Christy Lange.
Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov (born 1957) is a storyteller who roots his themes in melancholic, humorous reflections on everyday life. His ambitious new installation at Ikon Gallery in the U.K. combines drawings, paintings, video and objects, and includes works made prior to 1989 (when Bulgaria was under Communist rule) alongside later pieces for which he is better known.
The work of Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov (born 1957) balances political and social critique with deliberate naiveté. The artist's activities incorporate small-scale drawing, sculpture and installation, translating his lived experiences under a totalitarian Communist regime into universally relatable expressions of anxiety and thwarted hope.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Ralf Beil, Stephan Berg, Konrad Bitterli, Georgi Gospudinov.
Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov has developed a distinctive body of installations and site specific works over the course of his 25-year career, which is characterized by an embrace of ephemerality, a playful humor and a touch of melancholy. This publication includes examples from the end of the 1980s to the present.