Dzhingibi

Dzhingibi is an up-and-coming contemporary screen printing artist. His distinguishable style is defined by his unique point of view, and a combination of abstract but, at the same time, figurative works.

NoPoint Atelier is a shared screen printing and risograph studio that he has been developing for the last 5 years. His mission is to create art residency where artists from different fields can stay, exchange ideas and work together.

”It is not only what you draw but also who you are as a person. People want to see that you believe in what you do.”

My style is something like… Umm, maybe anti-style. It is abstract, but also quite figurative. You could say I have one foot in the abstract and the other in the figurative. If I had to sum up my art in one sentence, it would be “It almost looks like something, but just enough to convince you otherwise”. Confusing isn’t it? Well, that’s exactly what I created. I draw something that, at first glance, may seem very specific, but actually has nothing to do with the world around us. Everyone sees something differently and can interpret it differently.

“Inspiration comes out of places where I'd never look, they are unexpected, but that's precisely why I have to dig far and wide for them. It is a discovery process.”

Bio

My name is Miroslav Zhivkov, but you can call me Dzhingibi (if you can pronounce it). My grandfather used to call me that. In Turkish, jin means spirit, gibi is unstoppable, diabolical. He meant it as a symbol of someone who is always doing something. And, in a way, I also recognise myself in that name.

I am currently in the village of Balani, near Gabrovo, where I created the art residency "NoPoint Atelier" as a place for screen printing and exchange of ideas. I graduated in "Poster", which gave me some kind of a starting point, but it is not the reason to be where I am right now as an artist. Like everything else in life, things can just happen without planning. To be honest, I had a completely different idea. I wanted to start with lithography. My idea was to make an art residency out of nothing.

Years ago, I was couch surfing and my host was a photographer. At the time I was interested in photography, and he happened to have a black room. So, in addition to having a place to sleep, I could also develop films with him all evening. How cool is that?! And basically that’s how I got the idea that I can create a space in which people could accommodate for a couple of days and can also make art. I wasn't even familiar with the term "art residency", I just had the desire and determination to do it, and that’s how it went off.

I was in Germany at the time and shared the idea with a graphics professor of mine. He is actually from Bulgaria, even here from the neighbouring village, and he had a studio for lithography and letterpress. One day the professor told me that the German academy intended to throw away two lithographic presses because they were too old. He decided to save and transport them to Bulgaria and told me that I could have them. At that moment, I thought, wow, this idea is now becoming real. So I came back to Bulgaria and started looking for a suitable place for a residency in my area. Not long after, it turned out I couldn't take the machines, but frankly, I was glad that I didn't have to deal with those awfully heavy and archaic presses. And as I thought about it, old presses utilise very obsolete techniques with lithographic stones, treated with harmful chemicals. That would’ve rather hindered me from doing what I wanted. So I rethought the function of the atelier, and that’s how it ended up being a screen printing atelier.

Usually, my inspiration or the so-called “aha” moments come out of nowhere. Out of places where I’d never look, they are unexpected, but that’s precisely why I have to dig far and wide for them. It is a discovery process. It shows me that it makes sense to just draw, it makes sense to just make some quick sketches and collect them in a box. Maybe someday I’ll find another way to rediscover them. A lot depends on my current state and point of view. Such little things may not mean anything at first, but they are a great source of what I seek, and I feel like that defines me as an author.

Artworks

I always try to be honest with myself when creating. What I do has to make me happy in a genuine way. If not, what’s the point of doing it?

The Atelier

Inspiration is a pretty overarching topic for me. I would divide it into two separate concepts. First, there is a kind of inspiration that somehow affects you without even realising it – something inspires you and leaves an imprint on your aesthetic perception. Then there is that type of inspiration that spurs you to action. I feel like these things always work in sync. Sometimes one may be stronger and more predominant than the other. Other times it is the opposite. I’d say that I am much more affected by the kind of inspiration that propels me to action. I get inspired by the things I can do myself, by what I see as possible, and I feel like I could test and create quickly and easily.

Photo by Handplayed
Photo by Handplayed

I utilize silkscreen and risograph printing techniques, where a mesh is used to transfer ink (or dye) onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. One colour is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multi-coloured image.

Photo by Rosina Pencheva

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