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Tate Modern goes inside Nedko Solakov’s studio in Bulgaria to learn where the talented artist gets his inspiration from.

He says the city of Sofia has helped him to get a better understanding of the kind of art that he wants to create and has allowed him to think outside the box when it came to making the most out of his creativity. He tells us what it was like being an artist growing up in the USSR. For most of his formative years, he was trapped inside the country. Whilst at art school he was recruited by the secret police to inform on his classmates and tell them if any of them had contacts outside of Bulgaria.

It’s something that bothered him greatly and he felt extremely guilty for helping the secret service. He addressed that period in his life in some of his artworks, which he shows us in this doc. As Soviet influence waned in the late 80s and eventually collapsed in the 90s, Nedko’s art became more radical and formed a part of the new era of Eastern European art.

Tate Modern|Nedko Solakov|Documentary

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