Kamen Stoyanov

Art Is A Weapon

performance, video 13:35 min, 2017

 

In the performance ART IS A WEAPON Kamen Stoyanov promotes for the art and painting production instead of the production of weapons. In 2015 and 2016 the production of weapons in Bulgaria growed over 100 percent and weapons for more than 700 Millions Euros have been exported mostly in the countries in the middle east. "Arsenal" is the biggest weapon producer in Bulgaria. The factory is situated in the city of Kasanluk, which is also known as the main city in the rose valley in Bulgaria. Bulgaria produces over 20 percent of the rose oil in the world. Stoyanov proclaimed Artenal instead "Arsenal“. In the performance he insists that "Art is a good weapon“. First he painted an rose-target image, than he demonstrated how a ping pong ball gun made out of wood remains from his studio functions. At the end he invited the audience to set an end point at the painting shooting at it. The best shooter, as the artist announced at the beginning of the performance, toke the painting home.