Movements of Light

by Hristina Milanova

Movements of Light

Following the success of her exhibitions in the UK and Spain, Gerhardt Braun Gallery presents the next installation by the multifaceted artist Hristina Milanova.

It sends us a message to look inside ourselves, several backlit panels, black and white photographs, and five pieces of music developed by the artist – in collaboration with producer-composer Sam Williams. The sounds, which always accompany his photographic installations.

“Evil has no limits, but light can destroy it”.

Hristina Milanova reveals her innermost feelings, her struggle to move forward without feeling trapped or imprisoned by the constructs of the social machinery.

A faith-filled cry for freedom, a strong belief in the power that exists in each of us to create a better world for ourselves and others.

Hristina Milanova 12.2012

Georgina Sas

Art Critics

The French theorist Roland Barthes wrote: Photography repeats mechanically what it can never repeat existentially (…). It is the testimony of what I have seen and what has been. This theory of Barthes refers to the capture and union of the image in order to freeze it eternally, considering that the photograph only acquires its value with the irreversible disappearance of the referent.

Hristina Milanova (Bulgaria, 1976), creates abstract images derived from her photographs taken directly from natural organic forms; then, thanks to high-intensity lighting with a very short burn, she produces in them changes of tone, size and appearance that turn her panels into an exaltation of colour.

Hristina Milanova’s proposals, including the black and white photographs, project a scientific as well as a philosophical dimension. The Bulgarian artist manipulates the real image, giving it a pictorial character that sometimes seems to reflect pure photographic “chemistry” in the strictest sense. The work approaches the eye directly, without intermediaries, with the challenge of provoking unknown sensations, even hypnotic, and evoking an adventure of knowledge to which only art has the key to access.

They are images impregnated with minimalism; chromatism and shapes that create a certain synesthesia between color and movement. Undeniable tendency to expand, to disperse beyond its physical space and move through space. The idea seems to alter the space, revealing what it possesses of artifice and provoking a certain dizziness that questions the spectator and leads him to the illusion of imagining and being able to see that which we do not perceive visibly. They are proposals that manifest apparently chaotic structures in which the public can stop to contemplate all that is intangible.

A fusion that proves how the flows between design, photography or painting, always active, build a rich field in a deliberate way but with a will to plastic experimentation and a more subtle will to present reality.

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