‘VISUALLY SPEAKING’
Sofia, Bulgaria - August 2018



THE VISUALLY SPEAKING’ EXHIBITION TAKES A JOURNEY INTO THE BALKANS, EXPLORING LINEAGE, FOLKLORE, AND IDENTITY.

IT SHOWCASES A COLLECTION OF CLOTHES CREATED DURING AN ARTIST RESIDENCY IN SOFIA , THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE DESIGNER, A BULGARIAN-AMERICAN MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST, DESSISLAVA TERZIEVA. THE CLOTHING IS MADE UP OF MATERIALS SOURCED FROM SECOND HAND SHOPS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, IN ADDITION TO HANDED DOWN FABRICS AND EMBELLISHMENTS FROM THREE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN IN TERZIEVA’S FAMILY. THE ARTIST’S COLLAGE ART COULD, TOO, BE FOUND THROUGHOUT, LAYERING TALES OF BOTH GLOBAL AND PERSONAL THEMES - AN INTERWEAVING OF PAST AND PRESENT, COMING TOGETHER TO CREATE A VISION OF A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE.

THE COLLECTION WAS SHOWCASED IN A ONE NIGHT EXHIBITION IN SOFIA, BULGARIA. RATHER THAN USING MODELS, THE RECYCLABLES OF THE STUDIO WERE COLLECTED THROUGHOUT THE CREATION AND THEN STUFFED INTO PANTYHOSE TO CREATE SCULPTURAL ‘ARMS’ THAT GIVE LIFE TO THE CLOTHING AS WELL AS A GLIMPSE INTO THE ARTIST’S PROCESS. THESE ARMS SWAYED, HUGGED, AND EMBRACED ONE ANOTHER IN A TRADITIONAL FOLKLORE DANCE. ADDITIONALLY, MANNEQUINS WEARING THE COLLECTION WERE SPREAD THROUGHOUT IN SMALL INSTALLATIONS WHICH TOLD TALES OF DIASPORA, AND THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE FROM THE ARTISTS POINT OF VIEW.

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