No Time For Losers seria

24 карата мрак / 24 Carat of Darkness - pencil, acrylic and pale gold on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper, 40x30 cm, 2020 Courtesy the author. Yelena Isinbayeva's portrait
Credits: Svetoslav Todorov
from No Time For Losers (2019-)

 

Цикълът рисунки No Time For Losers/ С губещите не се занимаваме 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.

 

24 карата мрак / 24 Carat of Darkness                                             
from No Time For Losers (2019-), pencil, acrylic and pale gold on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper, 30x23 cm, 2020 Courtesy the author.

after Jessica Rossi's photography image
Credits: Svetoslav Todorov

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.

24 карата мрак / 24 Carat of Darkness                                             
from No Time For Losers (2019-), pencil and acrylic on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper, 21x33 cm, 2020 Courtesy the author.

after photogprahy image of London 2012 Olympics, USA win women's team gymnastics
Credits: Svetoslav Todorov

24 карата мрак / 24 Carat of Darkness                                             
from No Time For Losers (2019-), pencil and acrylic on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper, 30x40 cm, 2020. 

after photogpraphy image of Team Russia bite their gold medals in the victory ceremony after the group all-around rhythmic gymnastics final at Wembley Arena during the London 2012

Nicolai Nedelchev collection
Credits: Svetoslav Todorov

The Winner Takes It All  /Всичко за победителя                                                                                                                                        
from No Time For Losers (2019-), 40 x 30 cm, pencil on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper, 2020 Courtesy the author.

after Constantina Tomescu's photography image
Credits: Svetoslav Todorov

The Winner Takes It All /Всичко за победителя                                                                                                                                         
from No Time For Losers (2019-), 30 x 40 cm, pencil on 300 lb Fabriano Artistico paper, 2020

after Simone Biles's photography image

Gaudenz B. Ruf collection
Credits: Svetoslav Todorov

24 карата мрак / 24 Carat of Darkness                                          
from No Time For Losers (2019-), pencil, acrylic and pale gold on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper,, 30x40 cm, 2020 Courtesy the author.

after Aliya Mustafina's photography image
Credits: Svetoslav Todorov

 

The Winner Takes It All  /Всичко за победителя                                                                                                                                        
from No Time For Losers (2019-), 30 x 40 cm, pencil on 300lb fabriano Artistico paper, 2020

Gaudenz B.Ruf collection

after Samantha Queck's photography image
Credits: Svetoslav Todorov

The Winner Takes It All  /Всичко за победителя                                                                                                                                        
from No Time For Losers (2019-), 40 x 30 cm, pencil on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper, 2020 Courtesy of the author.

after Aly Raisman's photography image
Credits: Svetoslav Todorov

 

My Teeth Are Finally Sharp / Зъбите ми са най-сетне остри - pencil, acrylic and pale gold on 300 lb Fabriano Artistico paper, 72х71 см, 2020.

after Alina Makarenko's photography image

from No Time For Losers  (2019-) Credits: Svetoslav Todorov

 

 

From Russia With a Bite - pencil, acrylic and pale gold on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper, 78x56 cm, 2021

after Ksenia Dudkina's photography image

from No Time For Losers (2019-) Credits: Svetoslav Todorov
Last shown at JUST LOVE exhibition, 02.2021, Arosita Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
Nikolai Nedelchev collection

 

Life is Temporary, Gold Is Forever / Животът е до време, златото е завинаги          
from No Time For Losers (2019-), 41,5 x 31,5 cm, pale gold and inc on 300lb Fabriano Artistico paper, 2020 Courtesy the author
Credits: Svetoslav Todorov

Instalation view: New.Work. Progress exhibition at Arosita Gallery, 01.2020