Lubri was born 1977 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He lives and works in Sofia.
His solo shows are: "Motorbike, marijuana, dum-dum", One Night Stand Gallery, Sofia (2018), “Eclectics”, Vaska Emanuilova Gallery, Sofia (2016), “SECOND NATURE”, Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv (2013), “Background: young artists, Backup”, Sariev Gallery, Plovdiv (2011), “Boys don‘t cry indeed”, Pistolet Gallery, Sofia (2007).
He has taken part in the following group exhibitions: “Landscapes and Lifestyles”, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, Sofia (2017); “Contemporary Bulgarian Photography”, Vivacom Art Hall, Sofia (2017); “Gender in Art”, curated by Delfina Jalownik, Monika Koziol, Maria Anna Potocka, MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow (2015); “All Tomorrow Exotic”, dual show with Voin de Voin, curated by Edith Jerabkova, Gallery of Czech Center, Sofia (2015); Sofia Queer Forum 2014 – Manifestations of the personal, curated by Stefka Tsaneva, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, the fridge & Social Center Xaspel, Sofia, “All I Can Is Art”, curated by Vera Mlechevska, Czech Center, Prague, Czech Republic (2013), “UNTITLED”, In cooperation with Ivan Moudov, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Ljubljana (2013), Festival City and Public Spaces, Project “Rituals of the Habitual”, curated by Vera Mlechevska, Plovdiv (2012), “The End and Beyond”, curated by Vera Mlechevska, Center for Contemporary Art – Plovdiv the Ancient Bath (2011), “Poor but sexy”, Sariev Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2011), “Persona”, curated by Vera Mlechevska, ICA gallery, Sofia (2010), “Photonic Moments”, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2007), Month of Photography, Vienna (2007).
His work has been included in the books: Future Images – A collection of the World’s Best Young Photographers, Mario Cresci and Radu Stern, Italy, 2010; The Bulgarian Nouvelle Vague, Sofia, 2012; published at FANTOM – Photographic Quarterly, issue 09, Milano, 2012; and covered by Edno Magazine, Vice Magazine, the newspaper 39 Grams and Fantom Magazine.
Lubri is represented by Sariev Contemporary since 2012.
If a senior citizen decides to pencil her eyebrows and put on the silk jabot after a 40-years stay in naphthalene and goes out on a very important occasion, if a teenager finds herself at 5 o’clock in the morning topless on the street or a pair of lonely eyes cut through the darkness – it is most likely Lubri to be there and to take away the moment with one snap. There are no professional tricks, just the focus of a cobra that is aiming only in one point – the one-tenth of a second moment of revelation. Why does he do it? It’s just a passion, Lubri likes to shoot people. And there is no need for someone to be cool to have the aura of the one and only in his close-ups. His stills resemble preys of faces, people, still instants of the experienced moments. Like Miroslav Tihi (the Silent) who has remained invisible for long to the rest of the world, he only exists to collect images – the objects of his desire. Lubri gathers moments which are bound to be lost for memory. These are moments which no one will remember simply because they are reality that will be replaced by another reality or a whole series of realities and even the single memory will erase exactly this. - Vera Mlechevska