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‘Post Pop: East Meets West’ at the Saatchi Gallery, reviewed by Patricia Manos

The idea of home or homeland, in the last 25 years,  has figured heavily in interpretations of Cold War-era and ‘post-Socialist’ art. The reasons for this lie in several things: the steering of that conversation by emigrés, the developed world’s pornographic fascination with the ruin left by a failed utopia, and US pop culture’s love…

Patricia Manos | January 11, 2015

Photographer Ellie Yonova at the BCI, reviewed by Evgeniya Yarkova

The dreamlike photography of Ellie Yonova is exhibited at the Sofia Gallery as a part of the 3rd London Festival of Bulgarian Culture. Inspired by Bob Fosse’s bold and dynamic Cabaret, a series of Opuses seems to awaken musical associations. Using primarily light, glass, water and natural objects like flowers, Yonova uncovers her own technique and style: one characterized…

Evgeniya Yarkova | December 27, 2014
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Bulgarian Auteur Poster Art: ‘Favourite City’ at the BCI, reviewed by Jo Varney

The exhibition Favourite City at the Bulgarian Cultural Institute  is one of the final events in this year’s London Festival of Bulgarian Culture, and the first London Exhibition of contemporary Bulgarian poster and graphic design.  Curated by Anna Simeonoff,  co-founder of the online Sophia-based graphic arts platform PlakatKombinat and a designer specialising in posters, book covers and…

Jo Varney | December 17, 2014
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‘The Romanian Imaginarium’ at the RCC, reviewed by Julia Secklehner

The Romanian Imaginarium – a magical title! And indeed, when entering the room on the first floor of the Romanian Cultural Centre, I’m confronted with shadow-creatures, flowery skulls and birds that ride on faceless humans. Even though the exhibition space is not purpose-built, the period-style chandelier and stucco decoration on the ceiling add to the…

Julia Secklehner | November 14, 2014

‘Capturing Carpathia’ at the Romanian Cultural Institute, reviewed by Eugenia Ellanskaya

George Butler is a talented young illustrator, with a special focus on travel and current affairs. Having previously explored such hot subjects as the oil fields of Azerbaijan, soldiers in Afghanistan and the Syrian civil war, his latest exhibition at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London was dedicated to the lush region of Transylvania. This…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | November 10, 2014
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Robin Ashenden reviews ‘Lee Miller: Romanian Rhapsody’ at the Romanian Cultural Centre

For any more-than-casual visitor, it’s always interesting to see what others have made of Romania.  The country is like nowhere else in Europe – to a visitor it’s more hospitable, more generous, and, for all its bafflingly unspoken codes, apparently less hemmed in by rules and regulations. A note of the surreal hangs over everything:…

Robin Ashenden | July 14, 2014