Æther invites you to
SAW-SOFIA ART WEEK edition 6
The Invisible Institution
11-17 October 2023
Locations: Doza Gallery, Æther Art Space, Untiled/Sold Out Gallery
Opening 11. Oct
6pm.@ Doza gallery, Sofia
The 6th annual edition of Sofia Art Week (SAW) is passionately dedicated to the life and work of a departed friend and collaborator, Simone Gilges (1973-2023). Gilges was a German contemporary artist, a founding member of the artists collective Honey-Suckle Company, and the publisher of "freier", a magazine for the mental state. Her practice was deeply inspired by the power of collectivity and the possibilities for transformation. In honour of her life and artistic accomplishments, we invite the public to participate in a collective action, a community-centered ritual, and a collaboratively produced and credited work of art.
How do we rewire the broken circuits between artist, audience, and institution? How do we collaborate? How do we find commonalities despite our differences? The current edition of SAW seeks to multiply the art labor force that is intrinsically connected to a value that can only emerge through the collective power to affect change. We join the global chorus of artists, cultural practitioners, and creatives in solidarity against an oppressive continuum, perpetuated through an unjust system and art market. We are deconstructing the institution of art in solidarity with global movements for human rights.
We invite you to a ritual of occupying intellectual and physical space in order to imagine, create, pause, breathe, and manifest the future of art and the institution through our collective action. We choose LOVE and CARE as the tenants of our path forward.
Between 15:00 and 19:00 each day for the duration of SAW, audiences can visit gallery Doza and contribute to the collective artwork. The gallery will host accompanying public programs and events, ranging from sound baths of healing frequencies, lectures, presentations, meditation guidance, and more. Our public opening for SAW will take place at the culmination of the week and on the last day of SAW - October 17th from 6 until 9pm. Where all collective art pieces will go for sale.
The raised amount will go to The European Association for Cancer Research.
Also for direct donations please go to: www.eacr.org/donate
In parallel universe the project manifests The Materialised Spirit as Nature. This one is for you, honey! We know that together, we can reframe the value of art and art labor in the context of a new economy.
Join us at SAW!
- Aether Art Space
- Doza Gallery
- Untiled gallery