On the basis of an invitation in line with the 150 year Jubilium of the foundation of University Hospital “Georgi Stranski”,
an exhibition titled “Appendix” shall take place with 22 artists and architects, working on site within various buildings
of the hospital.
“Appendix” looks at various architectural, historical, political and economic possibilities, where artists produce works within
the structures and buildings on site; making use of materials; interacting with medical staff and students, while working
outside the traditional white cube spaces of contemporary art.
The hospital buildings and surroundings present a broad horizon of possible manifestations, from the skeletal structure of
a building, provided a new skin through sculptural and materialistic interventions, or the former University building, to
Bulgaria's first medical museum, opened in 1965 - a modernist building designed by architect Atanas Petrov.
The participants work in various fields such as architecture, sculpture, new media, painting, performance and associated fields
of research. The participants reside in numerous European countries presenting works through specific material, structure
and some with concepts such as overtones of body politics, bio-politics, diagnostics, art and science, and more.
The very specific space opens questions on the function of institutions and their interaction with others, the historical
aspects of medicine from Bulgaria’s political history or the changes introduced in post communist society, its modernisation
and the associated complications.
The exhibition is funded by the Austrian Cultural Ministry.
“A new definition of the status of the patient in society, and the establishment of a certain relationship between public
assistance and medical experience, between help and knowledge; the patient has to be enveloped in a collective, homogeneous
space.” -- Michel Foucault, The birth of the Clinic