Nedko Solakov at Tate Modern, London
Nedko Solakov’s performance work ‘A Life (Black & White)’ is on show at the Tate Modern on occasion of the Museum’s 20th anniversary that is celebrated on May 11, 2020. In the performance, two workers continuously paint the gallery walls. One uses black paint and the other uses white. The painters follow each other around the space, painting over each other’s work. This is constantly repeated for the length of time the work is on display. The materials used in the performance are also laid out in the space. These include tins of paint, rollers, rags and signs for the painters’ breaks. In A Life (Black & White), Solakov is exploring issues about work, labour, time and repetition. The piece also comments on the process of making a painting, but here the paint is applied directly onto the gallery wall instead of a canvas. As well as performance, Solakov makes work in media such as drawing, painting, video and installation. He explains ‘I am telling stories in space’. He frequently plays with the expectations of his audience, using humour to convey political concerns, often about his native Bulgaria. His work also playfully questions the conventions used in galleries and other art institutions. ‘Tate Modern Turns 20″ – May 11, 2020.