Troubled Ground is Antonia Gurkovska’s first solo exhibition in Plovdiv. It is a temporary installation that is built in the main space of the Centre for Contemporary Art “Bania Starinna”. It takes up the entire floor area, aiming to leave the space intact and ‘empty’, while repeating it at the same time.
The project Troubled Ground is related to the history and the currently much debated state of ownership of “Bania Starinna”. It derives from Antonia’s past projects/installations like Void and Compensation (2013), Container (2012) and The Skin I Live In (2013). It is made, thought of and executed the way Gurkovska approaches painting, with large scale gestures, specific choices and precision, yet open to chance. It technically resembles the indexical repetitive action similar to the way the dots in the paintings are applied: all together contributing to forming a large square grid painting whose surface would flip content. Its context is closely tied to the contemporary painting discourse, which often challenges what a painting represents and what it contains. As in this case – it is a troubled ground, a container that points to itself.
Courtesy the Artist|gurkovska.com and KAVI GUPTA Gallery