Interview from the Series “Art in an Emergency.”
Lachezar Boyadzhiev is a well-known contemporary Bulgarian artist. His artistic practice offers personal interpretations of social processes and the interaction between the private and the public. With a specific interest in urban visuality and today’s world straddling utopia and dystopia, Boyadzhiev uses installations, photography, drawing, objects, texts, videos and performance lectures. An incomplete list of his exhibitions would include the individual ones, “Lachezar Boyadzhiev: Repair works in the world of images. 1991-2019”, MOMus – Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2020); “Cosy Dystopias”, Sariev Contemporary Gallery, Plovdiv (2018); “Lachezar Boyadzhiev. Sic transit media mundi /The present is too short and quite narrow/”, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia (retrospective) (2018); and the group ones, in 2019: “The Influencing Machine” at Nicodim Gallery, Bucharest; in 2016-17: “Economise”, Ludwig Museum, Budapest and “Symptoms of Society”, Guangdong (Guangzhou) and Zhejiang (Zhejiang Sheng) Art Museums, China; in 2016: “Cold Wind from the Balkans”, Pera Museum, Istanbul; “Low-Budget Utopias”, Modern Gallery, Ljubljana; in 2015 “Grammar of Freedom”, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; and “Art for Change”, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia; in 2014: “Disagreement”, Banya Starinna Contemporary Art Centre, Plovdiv; in 2013: “Economy and Art”, MOCAK, Krakow, Poland; in 2012: “The best of times, the worst of times”, 1st Biennale, Kiev and “The eye never sees itself”, 2nd Biennale, Yekaterinburg, Russia; and in 2011: “The global modern times”, Centre for Art and Media (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany. Boyadzhiev is a founding member of the Contemporary Art Institute in Sofia.