Dimitar Stankov

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Dimitar Stankov | special project for MELBA

Relatively early in his life Dimitar Stankov chose design as his vocation. Prompted by his mother – a fashion designer – he loved watching her work and draw sketches for her new models. An exemplary art student in highly respected national and international educational institutions, he received a BA in Metal Design from the National Art Academy, Sofia, followed by a BA and a MA diploma in Jewellery Design and Silversmithing from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. Dimitar’s pieces evoke associations with rare and stylish eccentric small sculptures. These are the outcome of a rigorous dedication, meticulous work and extensive research processes. An important element of his craft is the Bulgarian cultural heritage which he draws inspiration from, he makes beautiful and imaginative associations between folklore and contemporaneity. Dimitar’s objects are part of private and museum collections.

For the work featured in this exhibition, Dimitar was inspired by the sound of the Bulgarian Kaba bagpipe. His goal is to visualize the sound, which has a strong impact on the human mind and body and is capable of leaving lasting images in the mind. In this way, Dimitar creates three-dimensional objects that preserve personal sound memories of his homeland, family and traditional Bulgarian music and show the interaction between music and the human body. Despite their compact size, the objects exhibit a strong character.