What Is You Occupation?

What Is You Occupation? - cotton, (author's) blood. Size: 40 x 70 cm, 2012, Anton Terziev. Photo: © the artist. Courtesy of the artist

What would you occupy in you city? An institution or an office desk. What is your occupation? Is referring to the dual meaning of the word occupation – the space and time projection of a person in his material and immaterial context, also his work, which he is doing so he can provide food. The civil rights “war”, which he is fighting. Can these two states of mind coexist?

Last exhibited at Objectively (in)correct", part of Sofia Art Week 2019 , Espace PORT A
Shown at CONTEMPORARY TOOLS OF LABOR exhibition – ICA, Sofia, 2012

At the opening of CONTEMPORARY TOOLS OF LABOR exhibition with Yara Boubnova - curator, art historian and critic; the founding Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia Photo: © the artist

Какво би окупирал в твоя град, институция или офисен стол?
What Is Your Occupation?  реферира към двете коренно противоположни състояния, които оccupation обозначава – пространствената проекция на човек  в материално и нематериално отношение, както и работата, която той върши за препитание и това за което се „бори”, гражданската му позиция и политическа ангажираност. Търсена е пресечната точка, има ли я и възможно ли е изобщо двете състояния да съжителстват заедно.


"The exhibition of Anton Terziev (b. 1977) in the ICA-Sofia Gallery is a result of his 6-week artist's residency with the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York as the 2010 recipient of the BAZA Award, an initiative of ICA-Sofia realized in cooperation with the Foundation for a Civil Society (USA) and Sofia Art Gallery.

The exhibition presents objects and videos that are sharp criticism of the society of today where the individual is desperately searching for ways to fit into the often absurd societal manifestations and behavioral patterns. The prosaic question of "What is your occupation?" (a line of work as well as a position) has been written with blood on a formal white shirt. It is addressing not only issues of profession and how ones is making a living, but also the ethical, civil and even physical projections of the human being in public space. It is also a reminder of the current Occupy Wall Street political movement and the street demonstrations against the culprits of the financial crisis, which originated in New York and quickly spread around the world.

Urged to take an active position, the viewer may leave all unneeded qualities and inhibitions in the "Boarding House for Angels and Demons". Just like with house pets, the viewer may later reclaim these in case of future necessity. In the meantime the viewer can see two video works titled „When I Appear It Disappears". The videos juxtapose Times Square with the tourists - constantly besieging its space while disturbing the normal daily routines of the locals, with Central Park – a supposed place for rest and relaxation, which however many New Yorkers are constantly crisscrossing in a healthy jogging mode... The viewer may also appreciate the business plan of the Orthodox Church with its aggressive merchandising in "Product Placement"; or watch the slide show in "HeArt Rate", which is an ironical measuring of how art works from different museum collections are influencing one's pulse. Then the viewer may compare that to the "What I stole from the MoMA" print that represents the museum guards – the only museum objects forbidden to photograph that are however nobody's object of interest or admiration...

At the end the viewer must inevitably arm him/herself with "Contemporary Tools of Labor" for the "knowledge"-hungry media sapiens of today needs a survival kit in order to invalidate, dismantle and digest everyday life bit by bit."