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Martin Penev
Piles of Things We Ignore

In bamboo cages varying in size, fluffy volumes of different colours are enclosed. The cages are stacked in piles (two or three), each about two metres high.

In the attics and basements of the individual and the collective psychological there are heaps of things neglected, forgotten, missed, displaced, unnoticed.


Martin Penev (1985) lives and works in Sofia. In 2009 he received a Master‘s degree in Theology from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, and in 2012 he received a Master‘s degree in Digital Arts from the National Academy of Arts, Sofia. Since 2010 he has participated in numerous group and solo projects. Selected solo shows include: Wonderful Urban Story - The Fridge, Sofia, 2018, curated by Stefka Tsaneva; Unforeseen - Institute for Contemporary Art - Sofia, 2018, curated by Iara Boubnova; An Object of Concern - Swimming Pool, Sofia, 2018, curated by Victoria Draganova; It Happened Here - Institute for Contemporary Art - Sofia, 2020. In 2018 he won the BAZA Young Artist Award, and in 2019 he was an artist in residence in Residency Unlimited, New York. His interests lie in the fields of object, installation, interactive design, media arts, and performance.