solo exhibition curated by Maria Vassileva
25 January – 10 March 2018
Opening: 25 Jan 2018, 19-21h – 9, Kuzman Shapkarev street, Sofia
THIS EXHIBITION HAS BEEN CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THE SPACE OF THE STRUCTURA GALLERY, INCLUDING WORKS WHICH WILL BE EXHIBITED FOR THE FIRST TIME. VISUALLY AND THEMATICALLY, IT FOLLOWS THE ARTIST’S QUEST AND INTEREST IN PURE ORNAMENT.
Adriana Czernin began her artistic career with drawings and videos that can be described as belonging to the feminist tradition in art. In 2005–2006, she added to the female figures in her drawings a mashrabiya – an ornamental screen in Arabic architecture used as a window covering, designed to shield the domestic space from the public gaze. In 2014, she was invited by MAK, the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, to work with the original elements of an ornament from a thirteenth-century mosque in Cairo. It is then that Czernin discovered the beauty and perpetuity of this, at first glance, integral and sacrosanct system.