Maria Nalbantova

Biography

Maria Nalbantova was born in 1990 in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2015, she graduated from the National Academy of Arts with a Master’s degree in Illustration. In 2012, she specialized at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Universidad de Granada in Granada, Spain. In October, 2018, she presented her first solo show Weather forecast in Vaska Emanouilova Gallery with the curator Daniela Radeva as part of the platform for contemporary art and young artist, an ongoing project of Sofia City Art Gallery. Some of the exhibitions in which she has participated are as follows: In a State of Movement, Societe Generale Expressbank, Sofia (2017); Art Start, Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia (2017); Black Bears for White Days/ White Bears for Black Days within One Design Week, Plovdiv (2016); “15 Minutes of Fame” presentation format for young artists of SARIEV Contemporary and Open Arts Foundation (2016). Hip Hip Zine Fair, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia (2015); 22nd International Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art, House of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo (2015); DARK LIGHTS: félin amour, within the Night of Museums and Galleries, Plovdiv (2015). Her author's pop-up book “Black Bears for White Days / White Bears for Black Days” has won the "Best Publishing" category at HP Inkspiration Awards by DSCOOP 2017. She is the author of the illustrations of the 2018 edition of Button for Sleep by Valeri Petrov.    


About

One of the main topics that my art explores is change. Natural, time, political, religious and psychological changes have transformative potential which is in constant actualization. This leads to a multitude of questions which I look into with my work. My main means of expressing myself and my art, is books. What I find interesting about them is the ability of a book to be an object for storytelling, or something created from spacial (pop-up/interactive/3D) elements, to use diverse materials and to create an interaction between text, image and chronology of the story. Additionally, I use textile and embroidery, I combine different materials to form some kind of unity between objects and two-dimensional images.
- Maria Nalbantova

Climatic conditions are a factor difficult to predict and one that influences the mood. Something you cannot change but you have to consider. Weather sets a norm and a code of behaviour independent of fashion or culture. From the weather forecast we expect to be informed not only if it is going to be sunny, but also, subconsciously, that ‘everything is going to be alright’. It might be the dullest topic of conversation but it is at the same time the ideal wrap in which an art exhibition may fit and generate hidden potential stories. As in haiku poetry, there is nothing literally spoken beyond the fragments of nature, however, the feeling beyond them is extremely tangible. The moods of nature are a metaphor also for the illogical expression ‘constant change’, which actually defines the topic of Maria Nalbantova’s exhibition. Contemporary art is familiar with the experience Walter De Maria, Olafur Eliasson or the Random International band have with works that reproduce natural phenomena. Weather and climatic conditions already had a significant meaningful role for the landscape genre in different ages and artistic trends of the past. Being familiar with the historical experience, Maria Nalbantova focuses on a different kind of psychological aspects of the weather topic, which are equally hard to explore and visually comment on. The exhibition does not deal with the environmental issue which has been overly discussed today, neither is it a conductor of public or political causes. Through the use of various means of expression and alongside the sculptures in the permanent exhibition of works by Vaska Emanouilova, it sets up a storyline as the weather changes in Zaimov Park in September and October. In doing so, it builds scenery for metaphors that veil complex emotions, feelings, and moods.  
- Daniela Radeva for the exhibition "Weather Forecast"


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Maria Nalbantova

Black Bears for White Days / White Bears for Black Days, 2016.

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Maria Nalbantova

Black Bears for White Days / White Bears for Black Days, 2016.

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Maria Nalbantova

Black Bears for White Days / White Bears for Black Days, 2016.

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Maria Nalbantova

Atmospheric pressure, 2018.

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  • Photographer: Radostin Sedevchev
  • Material: textiles, paper, embroidery, acrylic
  • Width: 210.00 cm    Height: 215.00 cm    Depth: cm   
  • Sizes: 210 х 215 cm

  • Description: Part of the exhibition “Weather Forecast” in Vaska Emanouilova Gallery.

Maria Nalbantova

Winter landscape, 2018.

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  • Material: nylon net, styrofoam balls, herbarium
  • Width: 30.00 cm    Height: 20.00 cm    Depth: cm   
  • Sizes: 30 x 20 cm, 20 pages

  • Property of: Daniela Radeva
  • Description: “Winter Landscape” is a book-object. When looking through the book, the transparency of the net is reminiscent of the driven snow that accumulates on the emerging and disappearing dry flowers on the pages.