So near, yet so far: global nomads at home Cover Image

Художници номади – по света и у нас
So near, yet so far: global nomads at home

Author(s): Nia Tabakova, Mila Stareyshinska-Angelova
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Photography, Visual Arts, Sociology of Art
Published by: Асоциация за антропология, етнология и фолклористика ОНГЬЛ

Summary/Abstract: The exhibition So Close, So Far is an annual event representing the art of contemporary Bulgarian artists, who live and work abroad. By using examples of their works, which were displayed in the exhibition during a five-year time period, this article aims at highlighting the artistic oeuvre of a specific group of Bulgarian artists, who have chosen to develop their artistic careers beyond the borders of their home country. These are authors that by showing their works back in their homeland draw parallels between global and local and thus provide a platform for intercultural dialogue. In its essence the exhibition presents a panoramic view of the current artistic tendencies in the contemporary art world on a global scale as seen through the prism of the Bulgarian artistic Diaspora. The main themes that reappear in the exhibition – the multilayered notions of detachment and home – will be discussed in relation to the rising movement of the “global nomad“ as a product of the processes of globalization. Through detaching themselves from their local environment and subse¬quently returning to their home with a new and enriched personal and artistic perception of the world, these nomadic artists alter the established status quo, give reasons for the formation of new movements in contemporary Bulgarian art, and disturb the fixed norms of the local cultural identity. They take part in the creation of new artistic communities and spaces, serving as building blocks of our contemporary society.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 15
  • Page Range: 16-27
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian