Kalin Serapionov was born 1967 in Vratsa, Bulgaria. He leaves and works in Sofia. He graduated from the National Art Academy, Sofia. Since 1998 he is a member of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia.
His works have been exhibited in Hilger Contemparary, Vienna (2004); LCB Depot, Lester, the UK (2008); Neon Campobase, Bologna, Italy (2010); ICA Gallery, Sofia (2013); One Night Stand Gallery, Sofia (2016), Contemporary Space, Varna, Bulgaria (2014, 2016), Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia (2018).
He has participated in group exhibitions such as: After the Wall: Art and culture in post-communist Europe, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1999); Manifesta 4, Frankfurt/Main (2002); Blood & Honey. Future’s in the Balkans, Essl Collection, Vienna (2003); In the Gorges of the Balkans, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2003); Neither a White Cube nor a Black Box. History in Present Time, Sofia Art Gallery (2006); Heterotopias, 1-st Biennial of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2007); Sounds & Visions. Artists’ Films and Videos from Europe, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2009); Techniques, ICA Gallery, Sofia (2009); Indefinite Destinations, DEPO, Istanbul (2010); Site Inspection, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2011); Grammar of Freedom / Five Lessons: Works from the Arteast 2000+ Collection, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2015); Art for Change, Sofia Art Gallery (2015); Let Them Draw, Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv (2016); The Image is no Longer Available, Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia (2017); Forms of Coexistence, Structura Gallery, Sofia (2018).
I work with video and am mainly interested in videoinstallations and the ability of video to generate suspense without sliding into the narrative devices of the cinema. I perceive video as a moving image, correlations, rhythm and light. The relationship of video and videoinstallations with space, the process of turning an image into a meaning and the effect of visual impact.
My projects are about context, time, locations, circumstances, memory, places and events and their significance. I look into different human relations, characters, habits, behaviour and interconnections, contemporary cities and ways of life. My works is striving to create powerful, high-impact vision that simultaneously make use of the achievements of modern society, but also subject the clichés that they create to critical treatment.
- Kalin Serapionov