According to the commercial terminology, Export-Import means the export of one commodity and the import of another. In the context of the present edition this term changes its meaning and denotes our desire to “bring”, virtually and actually, the exported contemporary Bulgarian art back to its native country. Virtually – through the catalogue that preserves the works that have left the borders of the country. Actually – through the exhibition that tries to restore the map of Bulgarian presence abroad.
The Export-Import project is an attempt at filling a “blank” spot in our knowledge about the things happening outside Bulgaria (and inside it also). And at provoking the public opinion towards reconsidering its position about these artists who for more than 10 years have been Bulgaria’s invariable face before the world. All presented authors are alive and in sound health. And they have not yet given up their desire to create art. Isn’t it better to leave behind the “myth of the return” instead of participating in its formation? And to give these artists what they deserve here and now. So that they would not feel as hotel guests in their own country.