Everybody Loves a Quiet Child


Everybody Loves a Quiet Child / Всички обичат тихите деца - pencil & pale gold on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper. Size: 24 x 36 cm, Anton Terziev, 2020 Photo: © the artist. Courtesy the author
Title credit: Svetoslav Todorov - journalist, editor and writer

from No Time For Losers ongoin series of drawings, objects, paintings and photogprahy (2019-)

Last shown at Success and Succession solo exhibition ot Balabanov's house, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 2020


Цикълът рисунки No Time For Losers е подготвителна част към бъдеща едноименна изложба. В нея определящ ще бъде интересът ми към популярните представи за успех и съвременните стратегии за неговото постигане, както и колко дава и колко взима този процес.

В случая използвам добре познатият, задължително улавян от спортните фотографи момент на триумф. Стоп-кадър, в който разглеждам  ролевите взаимоотношения в оста награда-награден –награждаващ. Интересува ме още какво и кой конструира съдържанието на това понятие, като символ и метафора и какъв е неговият срок на годност.

In the series No Time for Losers I examine just that – what it takes from you, what and whom you pay, who constructs the content of success as a symbol and metaphor, what is its shelf life? I do it through the well-known moment of triumph, mandatory for sport photographers. A freeze-frame, in which I comment on the role interrelations between the award, the awardee and the award presenter.

I hit the brakes on the rat race for quick, immediate, instagrammable success. This concept is like a tomb. A remarkable pantheon, which you furnish meticulously with awards, trophies in your CV and what not, to the last day of your life.

Whoever wants to be a „relevant participant in the processes“ knows that things like vulnerability, exposedness and sensitivity smell of failure, they don’t make you   competitive on the market. Like in sports, whose direct aesthetics I borrow for my series.

From an early age, you have to run in the right lane or track. Lest you compete on top level but outside of the field, or even worse – out of the range of the cameras reporting the game from the pitch.