In its second year at Liste, the Bulgarian gallery Sariev presents solo booth of the gallery represented artist Martina Vacheva with her recent works.
“In her art, Vacheva examines Balkan stereotypes, appropriating characters from pop culture and folklore as well as other social clichés that relate to dominant political and ideological narratives. Her artwork contains a mash of vernacular culture that relies on the traditions of grotesque and naïve aesthetics to comment on sexual exploitation, myths of nationalism, masculinity and other themes. With her commentary on society and its “rituals”, she belongs to those artists, who not only speak ironically about the world around us but also confirm, repeat (as memes often do) and even strengthen already existing stereotypes and clichés – as if viewing them objectively but at the same time turning them into objects that the culture wishes to consume.” Maija Rudovska, curator and art critic
Martina Vacheva (b. 1988) lives and works in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and Brittany, West France. She is winner of the 2017 BAZA Award for Young Bulgarian artist. In the summer of 2019 Martina took part at 33rd Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, curated by Slavs and Tatars where she won Research Residency Award. In 2019 Martina Vacheva has been invited to design evn collection's Christmas card and 2020 calendar.
Her recent solo shows include "КОРЕНИ / Roots / Wurzeln", Museum Folkwang, Essen (2019); “The Sex and the city”, Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia (2020). Upcoming group shows in 2020 are "Crack up - Crack down" Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Keeping the Balance, works from Art Collection Telekom, Museum Ludwig, Budapest and "Diversity/United", Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. She is working in a wide variety of sculpture, installation, painting and drawing. Martina Vacheva works with Sariev from 2015 and is represented by Sariev since 2018.