David Böhm and Jiří Franta came to Sofia with the exhibition “Nothing anywhere, something somewhere”
The project at the Czech Center in Sofia presents three of the latest works of the two artists.
The official opening was on Tuesday, March 2, from 3 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will last until March 26, 2021. Together with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Sofia.
The exhibition includes a series of digital drawings – Simulated Sleep, ADHD video and quarantine drawings, which David Böhm and Jiří Franta transmit to each other during the lockdown and initially function as coded messages that they exchange with each other.
“My attention is falling apart, I spend most of my time convincing my brain to focus on what’s important. But even so, in most cases, we lose this battle. Both. I’ve never been diagnosed with ADHD, but I remember that my mind was always inclined to jump from one impulse to another. It is called Attention Deficit Disorder, I used the books more than I read them the way they should be read, sometimes backwards, sometimes wildly, flipping through pages in search of keywords and despising what’s around them. “
Intuitive search for everything that appears around, marking and recording in the diary, not distinguishing the personal from the public. Painting as an instinct for self-preservation.
David Böhm (1982) graduated from the Academy of Arts in Prague. Three-time winner of the Czech Indrich Halupecki Award for Young Artists. His books have been evaluated with a number of awards: “Golden Ribbon” for artistic performance of “The Silence of the Hippo” / Ticho Hrocha in the competition for Most Beautiful Book (2009); two of his books received the most prestigious Czech literary award Magnesia Litera in the category Books for children and youth – “Hlava v hlavě” (2014); A jako Antarktida (2020).
Jiří Franta (1978) is a member of the Rafani group, an integral part of the Jiří Franta & David Böhm association, founder of the ETC Gallery in Prague, initiator of the EX comic book fanzine, multiple finalist of the Indřich Halupecki Prize.
David Böhm and Jiří Franta have been a creative tandem since 2006. In 2014 they presented their project within the tenth “Night of Museums and Galleries – Plovdiv”. The two perform, shoot videos, build installations in public spaces, create murals and are authors of illustrations for books and magazines. Their works are reminiscent of a painted diary, graphite, caricature, comic, conceptual art, grotesque, sports performance, artistic collaboration, physical experiment, improvised choreography or theatrical performance. Important for them are procedurality, the principle of time, overcoming traps, intertwining with the media, experimenting, following and breaking the rules, creative dialogue, irony, seriousness, playfulness, eternal incompleteness.