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Works

LOOSE

Large-scale installation, dimentions variable, 2016// LOOSE is a project exploring the culture of fear in the U.S. society. Specially designed for the exhibition space of A.I.R. Gallery it consists of a sculptural installation Tied, a photomural, series of photographs and found objects.

installation view
Tied (detail), UV print on styrene, ropes, wooden crate, pedestal
Tied (detail), UV print on styrene, ropes, wooden crate, pedestal
Tied, UV print on styrene, ropes, wooden crate, pedestal
Untitled
Installation view
Print on adhesive vinyl, fake snowballs, bucket
Tire, send, rope
Tied (installation view)
Installation view
coloring book, interactive component

It's Delovely

Site specific installation: photographic print on vinyl 125x118", photographic print on canvas, 24x17", 2015 In my latest body of work, I photograph my young daughter Vega’s adventure and rest. The images are enlarged and outputted as vinyl film or wallpaper. These large-scale skins are adhered to vernacular architecture in a way that brings the images into an active connection to a site. The work jumps from the intimate scale of home and learning to the public scope of industry and commerce.

It's Delovely
It's Delovely (detail)

New (Role) Models

Photo installation, 2015, dimensions variable// New (Role) Models is a photo installation depicting a child and her babysitter. A closer examination of the work reveals the androgynous babysitter in a domestic setting, juxtaposed with another image of the same person as a fashion model. In fact her name is Rain Dove. She lives in NYC and works as both
babysitter and a fashion model, mostly for male brands.

Installation view at the Ancient Bath (CCA), Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Detail from the installation at the Ancient Bath (CCA), Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Installation view at the Ancient Bath (CCA), Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Detail from the installation at the Ancient Bath (CCA), Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Play Date

Site-specific installation: photographic print on wallpaper, 16’ x 18.5’, 2015

Fair Play is site-specific photomural mapped onto a gallery wall and bench. It critiques the American obsession with safety and shows a makeshift playground built inside artist’s home. A group of kids are depicted playing with materials considered “dangerous”: mud, fire, raw wood, and rope.  The installation presents an absurd image of "free-play" at home. This work was shown at bäckerstrasse4 Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 2015.

Installation view at Bäckerstrasse4 Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 2015
Installation view at Bäckerstrasse4 Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 2015
Detail from the exhibition at Bäckerstrasse4 Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 2015
Detail from the exhibition at Bäckerstrasse4 Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 2015

Adventure Playground

Installation: photographic wallprint 1000x300 cm, wooden columns 200x10x10 cm, 2014// Adventure Playground depicts a scene of a family surviving a flood. The natural disaster referred to in the piece is real* but its use also serves as a metaphor for the current economic crisis in Bulgaria, and the unstable human condition globally.

Adventure Playground, installation at geh8 Gallery, Dresden, 2014
Adventure Playground, installation at geh8 Gallery, Dresden, 2014
Adventure Playground, installation at geh8 Gallery, Dresden, 2014

Flip-House Queens

Mixed media installation, 8'x9x9', 2013// Flip-House (Queens) was specially designed for the exhibition Queens International 2013, in collaboration with Mario Mohan. The house was also home of the project Smuggle Tactics by the Bulgarian Collaborative*. Flip-House(Queens) was constructed out of materials collected from the museum’s renovation site and thus became its extension reaching out into the neighborhood. The house was designed as a semi-mobile structure with removable parts that traveled outside of the museum.

Flip-House, Queens International 2013, Queens Museum
Detail/Smuggle Party project by Joro-Boro
Detail/Corona Park video by Tushev Areals
Flip-House, Queens International 2013, Queens Museum
Detail/documentation of the Pickling Workshop by Vlada Tomova
Flip-House, Queens International 2013, Queens Museum
Detail/Book Crossing project by Milena Deleva
Detail/Book Crossing project by Milena Deleva
Detail/Imaginary International Community Garden by Meglena Zapreva
Workshop/Imaginary International Community Garden by Meglena Zapreva
Literary Flash Mob/performance by Milena Deleva

Lexicon

HD Video, 6.12 min. metal puzzle box, 2012//  Lexicon is a video of the artist and her child putting together a puzzle and thus deconstructing a particular time and place of importance. 

The puzzle depicts the artist herself with a friend in front of a building - Haus Wittgenstein. The image references an event from 1997, very important in her life as it marked her first trip to the “West” (Vienna, Austria) where she  participated in an interdisciplinary workshop that deeply influenced her art-practice.

Cosmonaut 1001

Archival print on paper 100x70 cm 2011// The photograph Cosmonaut 1001 is an ironic celebration of internationalism. A white dove has landed on the head of an infant child in a space suit, its sewn-on badges suggesting affiliation with countries previously on opposite sides of a divide, Capitalist and Communist. The image feels borrowed from a TV commercial designed to convince us of a dream which anyone’s money can buy: the Cold War is over, globalization of space is a reality and even infants can fly.

Immigrants Occupy

Inkjet print on Moleskin book, tape, 2011// Immigrants Occupy is a project that pays tribute to OWS and, more specifically, to the Immigrants Occupy March that took place on December 18th, 2011 in NYC. Images of protesters standing on platforms and holding signs are directly printed on the Moleskin pages. Thus they become living monuments of the movement. There are two stories running along the top and the bottom of the book: The first describes my personal experience as an immigrant in the U.S.

Mausoleum Stop

Single-channel HD video, 2:05 min. loop, 2011// The video Mausoleum Stop addresses issues related to collective memory in Bulgaria, monumental architecture as an element of that memory, and public space. The viewers witness the erection of a large-scale building structure on Battenberg Square in Sofia at the empty location of the former mausoleum of Georgi Dimitrov.* The effect is achieved with the help of a digitally assembled giant scaffolding imprinted with the image of that controversial building in 1:1 scale.

Unlimited, Sofia, 2011, curator Irina Batkova
Unlimited, Sofia, 2011, curator Irina Batkova
Unlimited, Sofia, 2011, curator Irina Batkova
Unlimited, Sofia, 2011, curator Irina Batkova
Unlimited, Sofia, 2011, curator Irina Batkova
Unlimited, Sofia, 2011, curator Irina Batkova
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