Bulgarian artist featured in Indigenous Memories exhibition


By Lindsey Diehl

Paintings, wall reliefs, interactive objects, cast paper works and kinetic sculptures created by Bulgarian artist Plamen Yordanov will be on display in the Indigenous Memories exhibition. The display will run today through March 2 at the Jack Olson Gallery in the NIU art building.

Jack Olson Gallery Coordinator Peter Van Ael describes the intention behind the 18 pieces of artwork in Indigenous Memories as being “very visitor-centered, as it is experiential in nature through interaction with the exhibited objects.” Guests are invited to experience the artwork at the exhibit which explores time, movement and surface.

Yordanov’s exhibitions and projects have been seen at various locations around the globe such as the Queens Museum of Art, the National Art Museum of China and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2008, Yordanov founded the Museum of Modern Art Chicago, a non-profit organization located in Rogers Park.

Yordanov said the level of connection with his audiences is always different.

“[Indigenous Memories] will evoke different feelings in different people,” he said. “That’s what I’m trying to have in my work, to give the freedom to everybody to find something for himself, herself in the work. The work is not to be self defined but to allow a wider interpretation.”

Junior textiles and business administration major Sarah Beltrame looks forward to visiting the exhibition due to Yordanov’s popularity within the art community.

“I love how the Jack Olson Gallery hosts well-known artists because it’s such a small town here,” she said.

Yordanov graduated from the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria with a degree in painting. Soon after, he furthered his education in Italy, Austria and the United States.