Daniela Raytchev -ART OF UNSPEAKABLE
Exhibition and Safeline charity fundraiser by internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Daniela Raytchev took place from 20th May until 10th June 2021 in South Kensington’s Smith and Partner gallery.
Raytchev’s work has been supported by numerous British TV personalities and high profile individuals including Gail Porter, Barry Martin, Raymond Keene OBE and others, who attended the opening night of the show. The exhibition includes works from various stages of Raytchev’s career going back to 2014/15. Raytchev has been passionate about raising awareness about mental health since the start, and this year’s show had particular focus on the healing from sexual abuse and rape. Raytchev’s exploration into human psyche draws inspiration from her personal experience.
“The project is very personal to me, being a survivor myself. Being honest about the situation is the first step towards any change. Art can facilitate this conversation.”
Dismantling the truths about stranger danger, the project titled ’Are We Human or Are We Spam’ initially started during Raytchev’s artist residency in New York two years ago.
This was the first time some of the works were exhibited in the UK. The artworks are based around Raychev's conversations with survivors of sexual abuse, transcripts of the rape trial of feminist Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, and aspects of healing and recovery.
Last year, Raytchev was selected to become an ambassador for Safeline charity, to which she is donating 10% of the sales. (a specialised charity working to prevent sexual abuse and to support those affected in their recovery). Simultaneously with the exhibition, Raytchev and Safeline launched a #BreatheChallenge and released T-shirts with one of Daniela’s paintings on them. “Safeline is always looking for creative ways to fundraise and raise awareness about sexual violence and abuse.
“We are very pleased to have such a talented contemporary artist as Daniela Raytchev to be an ambassador for our charity and to collaborate with her on the ‘BREATHE’ t-shirts. We love the design which is based on one of her paintings. We both felt the message ‘Breathe' is very relevant for our charity as it’s important part of healing and recovery.” - N. Henderson, Safeline CEO
About Daniela Raytchev
London based multidisciplinary artist, mental health campaigner and alumna from Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design and London College of Fashion. Raytchev has participated in various group shows and science conferences around the world (UK, US, Russia) and collaborated with King’s College Neuroscience Department, B-Eat and NEDA (eating disorders) charities in the UK and the US respectively. In 2015 during Frieze Art Fair, she held a successful solo exhibition in London’s Notting Hill.
Raytchev has been mentioned in numerous national and international press such as the Times, News Week US, Dazed Digital, Huffington Post, Bullet Media. One of her most recent achievements was her art chess set ‘Addictions’ that has been exhibited at the World Chess Hall of Fame Museum in the US, along side renowned artists Yoko Ono, Barbara Kruger and Sophie Matisse. www.danielaraytchev.com
Smith and Partner Gallery - is a contemporary fine art supplier and gallery, specialising in selling limited-edition framed art prints. Our flagship store, located in the heart of South Kensington, London is home to our most popular collections and locale of our art fairs and exhibitions. We are dedicated to supporting the work of our emerging artists as well as preserving the works of blue-chip art for the purpose of home decor, gifts and celebrations as well as investment purposes. www.smithandpartner.co.uk
Safeline charity - Established in 1994, Safeline is a specialised charity working to prevent sexual abuse* and to support those affected in their recovery. This includes working with people whose mental health issues (manifesting for example as self-harming) suggest that they may be vulnerable to abuse. Safeline provides a comprehensive range of services for people affected by sexual abuse, including counselling, national Male survivor’s helpline, online support, independent sexual violence advisors, training and prevention projects. Safeline offers its services to people of all ages, regardless of gender, sexuality, or race, who are survivors of abuse. Face-to-face services are provided in Coventry and Warwickshire, telephone and online support and training are offered throughout England and Wales.
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