If we compare the life of 100-150 years ago with that today, we would certainly discover an extraordinary number of positive changes. But at the same time, there is no way to deny the fact that the majority of people today live with feelings of anxiety, confusion, injustice, and vulnerability. Too often, fears and insecurity create dependencies, one of which, for example, is our ever increasing and meaningless consumption.
What are the mechanisms that dictate an individual’s exact behavior? What motivates or discourages people from undertaking a given step, from reacting in a certain way? What makes us stop or move through, to notice or to ignore something? How does a physical space affect our decisions? The projects of 7+1 are not directly political or socially engaged. They seek answers or, more precisely, ask questions on the level of primary perception and reactions. A main goal of the group is to create a physical environment that provokes thinking.
The 7+1 Art Group was established in 1997 by the sculptors Kamen Tsvetkov, Ilko Nikolchev, Stephan Hadjiev, Pancho Kurtev, Yohannes Artinyan, Krassimir Angelov, the architect Georgi Daskalov and the curator Ilina Koralova. A major trend in the Groups professional quest has been the problematising of social and physical norms by means of large-scale sculptural installations in a social environment, outdoor and indoor spaces.
The annual Week of Contemporary Art in Plovdiv, organized by Art Today Association, is one of the most significant events in the artistic life in Bulgaria.