Revolv Collective in Bulgaria

Revolv Collective had its first show in Bulgaria together! We exhibited our works along with two other photographers in the show ”Transition” happening from the 15th of September to the 15th of October in PLOVEDIV Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The opening of the show and the first three days of it were a part of the annual festival NIGHT/Plovdiv 2017. We were also kindly funded by Open Arts Foundation, the organiser of NIGHT/Plovdiv.

The Night of Museums and Galleries festival was held for the first time in Bulgaria in Plovdiv in 2005. The format started by initiative of SARIEV Gallery’s founders Vesselina and Katrin Sariev. In 2007 the two established the Open Arts Foundation – the Night’s main organiser. Like other “White Nights” around the world, the idea is for the audience to encounter artists, art and culture in unusual evening and late-night hours. In 2005 the program included around 20 events attended by around 3000 people. Even then the festival was already a cultural revolution, doubling and tripling annual visits in some of Plovdiv’s major museums and galleries in one night. The night is quickly becoming one of the most recognisable Plovdiv events anticipated and attended by audiences across the country.

The exhibition’s opening was a great success! Many people came along to see our works and speak to us about our ideas and themes behind the pieces. This was the first time that we from Revolv were able to exhibit and talk about our projects to a Bulgarian audience. Vera Hadzhiyska, Krasimira Butseva and Lina Ivanova took part of this show exhibiting their current and past photography works, along with Krista Duylgerova and Sarkiz Mutafyan.

This year 2017 is the first time NIGHT/Plovdiv has taken place over three consecutive nights (as opposed to being only one night, and then in more recent years – two). During those three nights, the space was open from 19:00 to 01:00, which allowed an intense dialogue with the visitors. It included tours around the three floors of the gallery building for people who wished to hear more about our works directly from us and ask additional questions.

It has been a great pleasure for us to exhibit our work in our home country which is in the centre of our projects and the source of our inspiration. Seeing people’s reactions to the works and talking to them about the issues underlying the pieces was an invaluable experience and we hope to have the chance to show more of our work in Bulgaria in future.

Photographs 2-5 by Sarkiz Mutafyan