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Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures

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Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures
Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures
Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures
Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures
Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures
Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures
Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures
Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures
Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures
Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures

The Transnational Monuments show at Sofia’s +359 Gallery sees artist Cédric Van ParysCédric Van Parys reconsider the role of traditional cheshma drinking fountains, via a series of metal and stone artworks.

Van Parys has just completed a 10-month-long residency at the gallery, which occupies an adapted water tower. He says the exhibition is a way of questioning ‘the meaning of a monument as a historical consensus’, and understanding how it can be transformed from a celebration of nationalism into ‘an inclusive space and infrastructure for contemplation’.

Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures

Photography: Riccardo de Vecchi, courtesy Cédric Van Parys / Office CCXD

The Belgian artist drew inspiration from the Bulgarian-Turkish border, and the traditional water fountains, known as cheshma or çesme, which can be found along the roads leading up to it.

‘Apart from being functional, drinking water fountains have always been mystical places and as communal architectural works, they do not impose (political) power from above, but rather concentrate collective power from those who surround them,’ he explains.

Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures

Photography: Cédric Van Parys, courtesy Cédric Van Parys / Office CCXD

Van Parys spent months mapping and photographing these drinking fountains, ultimately concentrating on water’s life-giving and border-crossing properties. It’s reflected in a series of sculptural works that now hang inside the spaces of +359 Gallery, made from manually bent pipes and hanging rocks.

Transnational Monuments is on display  at +359 Gallery until 22 May 2022.

Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures

Photography: Riccardo de Vecchi, courtesy Cédric Van Parys / Office CCXD
Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures

Photography: Bozhana Dimitrova, courtesy Cédric Van Parys / Office CCXD
Cédric Van Parys fills a former water tower in Sofia with sculptures

Photography: Bozhana Dimitrova, courtesy Cédric Van Parys / Office CCXD

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