99 Fears collects a series of drawings by Nedko Solakov cataloging a range of fears and insecurities. Solakov’s drawings depict general anxieties of modern life, complemented with humorous captions that bring the simple and pointed work to full life. In total 99 Fears is the sort of adult picture book that realizes in clear terms basic human emotion. A truly wonderful creation.
Solakov was born in Bulgaria and received his fine art degree from the Sofia Academy of Fine Arts in 1981. Since then he has exhibited throughout Asia and Europe, including several installations at the Venice Biennale. Art Historian Suzaan Boettger offers a critical essay on Solakov in 99 Fears, building an artistic and biographical context for the drawings.
99 Fears by Nedko Solakov, published by Phaidon Press, 2008, www.phaidon.com.
A selection of drawings from 99 Fears follows.