Ivan Moudov (1975, Sofia) graduated in 2002 from the National Academy of Art in Sofia. His artistic practice comprises photography, video, performance, and installations. In his work, which has a strong metaphoric charge, he questions the field of contemporary art within the systems of power as well as the sociopolitical and economic conditions; furthermore, by subverting the existing norms and rules he reveals the levers of their functioning.
He has presented his work at numerous solo and group exhibitions: Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Cabaret Voltaire (Zürich), Kunstverein Braunschweig (Braunschweig), Manifesta 4 (Frankfurt), the 52nd Venice Biennale, the 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Off-Biennale, Budapest and Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK (Vienna).
Romanian Trick Siz Gallery, 2012, ABS GROUP. Establishing the ABS Economy, 2012. Mixed media, 98 x 98 cm.
Romanian Trick – Museum of Contemporary Art , Belgrade in cooperation and City Art Gallery Ljubljana/MGML, 2016. Škart. Hand made text on a textile
video documentation from performance, split coins, certificate
Romanian Trick is performed by the artist with the aim of splitting 1 and 2 EUR coins into their corresponding parts. The trick is being revealed to anyone prepared to pay for the privilege at a negotiable rate, who in turn can 're-sell' the trick to someone else. The artist has been performing the Romanian Trick in order to make money used for the purchase of artworks and the creation of his own art collection. For example, The Romanian trick presented in KulturKontakt, Vienna on 17. 06. 2008 has raised the sum of …EUR for the purchase of Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz’s drawing “ЕБ ТВОЮ МАТЬ, РОССИЯ”, 1997.
1. Romanian Trick – Moderna Museet, 2008. Maria Lindberg, 60 m., 1994, Cord.
2. Romanian Trick – KulturKontakt, 2008. Alexander Brenner, Barbara Schurz. ЁБ ТВОЮ МАТЬ, РОССИЯ! [Fuck You Mother Russia], 1997. Drawing on paper.
3. Romanian Trick – Artericambi, 2008. Italo Zuffi. A Master’s Span [Roni Horn Rebecca], 2007. Ceramics, string.
4. Romanian Trick – Academie Shloss Solitude, 2008. Olaf Nicolai, Mirror – Cover [VOGUE], 2000. White letters on mirror, 2 pieces, each 30 x 21 cm.
5. Romanian Trick – Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2008. Christoph Keller. Visiting a Museum of Contemporary Art under Hypnosis, 2006. Video, 23 min.
6. Romanian Trick SMAK, 2010. Kristof Van Gestel. Sculptuur uit de reeks ‘Familie’, 2008. Wood, varnish, carpet, digital photos showing the history of where the sculpture was on ‘display’.
7. Romanian Trick Siz Gallery, 2012, ABS GROUP. Establishing the ABS Economy, 2012. Mixed media, 98 x 98 cm.
8.Romanian Trick – Museum of Contemporary Art , Belgrade in cooperation and City Art Gallery Ljubljana/MGML, 2016. Škart. Hand made text on a textile