Nedko Solakov is an artist based in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is a storyteller and integral components of his work are humor, self-mockery and sarcasm. Nedko Solakov is known for his use of drawings and hand written text as a combination. He also works with photography, sculpture, installations and experimental art forms. This year alone his work is being shown at 5 solo exhibits and 17 group exhibits.
Top Secret (1989-1990) consists of a file box filled with series of cards detailing the artist’s youthful collaboration with the Bulgarian secret police, which Solakov stopped in 1983. In Bulgaria, 18 years after the changes, the files are still closed, and there are no publicly known documents about the artist’s collaboration. The work caused great controversy when it was first exhibited in the spring of 1990, at the height of political changes to the long-standing Communist rule.
Fears (2007) is a series of 99 drawings in black and white ink on hand made paper. Small characters and scenes, quite intricate, are accompanied by humorous hand written text describing different fears. “When I am telling stories and I am using sarcasm and humor, there is one rule which I know I have to follow: I always have to make fun of myself as well.”