Nedko Solakov (born in 1957 in Cherven Briag/Bulgaria, living in Sofia) earned international acclaim with his texts written directly on a wall.
In his drawn universes he mingles different forms of reality. Political elements are blended with art-historical questions and those relating to the workings of the art world. “Insolent Art”, a written mural, is exactly what the title implies—cheeky and brazen. The addition in brackets of the otherwise immutable sentence is changed by the artist depending on the given location and context. At Kunsthaus Baselland, where the work is presented for the sixth time, the words “especially if I am bored” have been inserted. The text, which alludes to the workings of the art world, reflects personal responses by the artist; the content of what is written precludes a presentation of additional works. However, this seemingly haughty sentence is in stark contrast to the commitment displayed by the artist, who personally dealt with the context of the institution, the exhibition concept, and the city of Basel. Solakov takes a distinctly poetic as well as critical approach, combined with a fine sense of humor.