9 June 2017

I Walk a Labyrinth Which is a Straight Line - Interview with Vesselina Sarieva and Katrin Sarieva about Stefan Nikolaev's exhibition at SARIEV Contemporary and St. Joseph Church

In May 2017 Sariev Contemporary presented the solo show "I Walk a Labyrinth Which is a Straight Line" by Stefan Nikolaev. The exhibition was presented in two spaces in Plovdiv – the white cube of
Sariev Contemporary on 40 Otets Paisiy Str. and the Catholic Church from the 19th century St. Joseph1. This was the first exhibition in the history of the St. Joseph Church, which set the beginning of the collaboration between Sariev Contemporary and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sofia and Plovdiv.

In an interview for Literaturen vestnik (Literary newspaper) Vesselina and Katrin Sariev, founders and directors of Sariev Contemporary and Open Arts Foundation talk about the concept behind this initiative and its significance in cultural aspect. 
Author: Dessislava Mileva

Full interview can be read here [in Bulgarian]

Exhibition press release

1The Catholic Church of St. Joseph is one of the little known temples in Plovdiv. Its history is connected to the Catholic college for girls "St. Joseph", created by the Josephine sisters, one of the most prominent representatives of the French Catholic missionaries in the 19th century. The college was established in 1899, in the same year St. Joseph Church opened its doors. The church was built with the assistance of the Sofia-Plovdiv Bishop Roberto Menini and its construction was supported by the Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph I. Until 1948, when the building of the college was nationalized, it raised generations of girls in a European educational model and the virtues of the faith. The church is under the management of the Sofia-Plovdiv Diocese of the Catholic Church.