Stefania Batoeva

Total Devotion

27 October16 December 2017

Opening: 26 October 2017, 7pm
Poetry reading: 4 November, 6pm

ALMANAC INN presents Total Devotion, the first solo exhibition in Italy by London-based Bulgarian artist Stefania Batoeva.
The newly produced paintings in the show continue a body of work where subjects are about to lose their symbolic and figurative consistency. Forms collapse, implying, rather than defining, a moment in which an imagery is solidified. Floating bodies, molecules, fragments stratify, finding their balance in an internal logic of repetitions and deviations. The linearity of a narrative is broken into circularity and movements between temporalities and worlds. Boundaries between bodies are lost, dissolved in projections and layering. The space is defined by reshuffling and unstable surfaces, projecting forms and figures — fields on the edge of becoming landscapes.
Feelings emerge in between these concurrent scenes, where euphoria of new reconfigurations and desire inform the image.

Installation view

Soft night forms, 2017, oil on canvas, 200x170cm

from left: Constructed landscape with division and two princes, 2017, acrylic and oil on canvas, 230x180cm; She delivers news through synthetic french light, 2017, oil on canvas, 230x180cm

Scene with face shifting nude and two princes (ghost and statue), 2017, acrylic and oil on canvas, 230x180cm

Installation view