ЮНАК [juˈnʌk]

exhibited at

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019 - South London Gallery

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019 - Leeds Art Gallery

Юнак без рана не може - А brave fellow is bound to have wounds.

ЮНАК [juˈnʌk] is a word often used in the Bulgarian folklore to describe a brave and intrepid youth.

The work depicts a series of “unnecessary memories” from the director’s childhood. Reminiscences, not related to a significant event, unnecessarily stored in his mind. All shots in the film are abstract depictions of the director’s personal “unnecessary memories”.


Hristo Smirnenski
blok 70, entrance A, 
floor 9, apartment 23, Sofia, 1000

 exhibited at

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 - South London Gallery
 2018 Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art - Liverpool John Moores University  
The still life has traditionally been used to depict inanimate objects; often part of an artist’s surrounding or the environments they are living in. I saw the still life as a potential template for a new form of storytelling.

This work is part of a series that takes the rules of composition found in the style of the nature morte and uses them as a method for evoking emotion and narrative. By using computer-generated imagery I have generated a hyper-realistic depiction of a post-communist scene located in Sofia, Bulgaria.

In this still life, I have specifically focused on communicating a feeling of disgust. My intention is to make the viewer feel disgusted by observing the unusual interactions that occur between the objects in the composition. In order to achieve this feeling of abjection, I have experimented with manipulating the object's physical attributes out of the ordinary realm of understanding.