• Dimensions of publicness: 24 Gabrovo biennial of humour and satire

      Fisher, Craig; University of Derby (Museum of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo, Bulgaria, 2019-05-17)
      The Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art has a 46-year history and is one of the most prestigious international events held in Gabrovo, Bulgaria . It is organized by the Museum of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo. The 24th edition invited artists to submit works that considered the theme of Dimensions of Publicness. The exhibition will present contemporary art and cartoons addressing the following topics: • public space • public art • public debate• public broadcasting • public interest • public threat/security The artists selected to participate in the Biennial exhibition use humour in order to deconstruct and redefine ideas and concepts of publicness/the public sphere. From 737 artworks received the international jury , Vasif Kortun, Berta Sichel and Anton Staykov selected 69 artworks by 62 artists to participate in the Contemporary Art section the Biennial exhibition. Fisher exhibited, ‘Rioters (Gang)’, 2019 which is part of an ongoing sculptural series that allude to hood, mask and helmet. Forms are simplified and flattened into motifs that act as stand-in figures, the objects are both comic and ominous in their exploration of otherness, conflict and resistance.