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Yanko Tihov - 'Identities' solo exhibition until 12th October
Yanko Tihov (b. 1977) is a master print-maker, trained at the National Academy of the Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The artist’s body of work reflects his long standing interests in identity, belonging and social commentary.
He’s famous for his hand-gilded passport series, by which he humanises the globe, reminding us that every country exists not only in its geographical features but is made up of people, who have an often desperate need or simply a desire to travel.
His recent work, included in the show, looks at the shifting borders of Europe, at the disintegration of the British Empire, at the attempt to apply branding to humanity from a very young age, until death. In Branded Skulls in the Mexican tradition of a rich cultural celebration of ancestors on All Souls Day or ‘The Day of the Dead’, the skull of a person from Mexico is exactly the same as the skull of a person from the United States as the skull from a person from any other country in the world (all are represented in this large scale work).
No matter where we’re from, we share a common humanity and freedom to travel is a universal human right. We need artists now, more than ever, to refresh our vision from the state’s perpetual attempts to divide us from each other.