Yana Dimitrova graduated from the School of Fine Arts Acd. Iliya Petrov in Sofia (BG) and received her BFA and MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia (US). Often based on research, Dimitrova’s work creates a deceptive psychological space, dealing with ideas of mass culture and desire. In her paintings, drawings and installations she investigates ideologies, morphing historical and nationalist ideas, exploring the physical and mental experience of transitory state. Her works often create a tension between the viewer, the process and the image. Her work has been exhibited internationally a.o. in: Berlin, Budelsdorff (DE), Bath, Manchester (UK), New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta (US) and Sofia (BG).
During her residency Dimitrova studied the history and architectural vision of the local neighbourhood, particularly the architectural and industrial symbols of progress, industrialisation and later globalisation and their following clash in 1992. Next to this Dimitrova invited community members to peer into the future and describe the people they see there. These interviews formed the basis for her portraits of a new (imaginary) people of the future. Dimitrova’s residency culminated in two presentations of Future People ‘how modernism killed itself’ in CEC (now SouthEast) and in the studio. The presentation consisted of an installation integrating paintings, large-scale wall drawings and text embroidery on fabric. For an interview by Tim Verlaan with Yana Dimitrova about the project click here.
Yana Dimitrova (BG, )