Curator: Maria Vassileva
Participants: Adelina Popnedeleva, Alla
Georgieva, Dimitrina Sevova, Elena Panaiotova, Irina Danilova
/USA/, Monika Romenska, Monica Fisher /Switzerland/, Nadejda
Oleg Liahova, Nadia Genova, Regula Michel /Switzerland/, Silvia
Lazarova, Tania Abadjieva.
Place of event: Central Mineral Baths
in Sofia city.
Date: March-April, 1999.
Preliminary history: In 1997, upon the
suggestion offered by Adelina Popnedeleva and Alla Georgieva,
womenÒs erotic exhibition "EratoÒs Version"
was performed, in one of the exhibition rooms at the picture
gallery, located at 6 "Shipka" Street (curators
Iara Boubnova and Maria Vassileva). Idea of the exhibition
was to present point of view of the "partner", her
emotions, sensations, striving and conceptions, as well as
her weak points. This was also the first attempt in our country,
such a theme to be "pronounced aloud" be means of
visual words. Subsequently, from the invited participants,
a group was differentiated with similar interests and conceptions
about the contemporary art and place of the woman artist in
it. As a result of this collaboration, the exhibition "Caprice"
was born in gallery "ATA", in 1998. After that meetings
among the authors continued. It was obvious that everyone
wished to work together with the others, to speak about different
themes and to place accents over them through a mutual collaboration.
This originated the idea of the next exhibition with initial
Idea: At the time of selection of the theme,
we looked for the key-word, which simultaneously to unify,
provoke and give to everyone a free field of expression. "Obsessions"
gives everyone a chance to peep into deep inner layers of
his own consciousness and at the same time to show /or not
to show/ the clue, which unifies different creative individualities
with similar convictions. Is obsession a symbol of freedom?
Creator could be liberated from everything except from himself.
Just the state of total "obsession" engenders creative
act. For artists state of obsession is equal to breathing.
And perhaps, obsession is one and the only "lack of freedom",
which creator, who anyhow strives for entire freedom, tolerates
in his life. From what do creative convictions depend on?
Does womanÒs sensitiveness, fortune, engagements, etc.
make them different? Could they be formulated and supervised?
The artist, as he creates his work, disengages himself from
obsession, but he has already sunk into the next obsessions,
This process is uninterrupted and as long as it exists, the
artist himself also exists and acts.
Logic: At the time of selection of
place, curator and artists guided by several things: a/ original
and various spaces of interior architecture at the Central
Mineral Bats and their peculiar influence during the reconstruction
period; b/ historical layers, which could be prove to be provocative
for some of the authors; c/ contemporary dialog about destination
and function of the bats and transforming it into an obsessive
place for the various strata of society; d/ idea about the
bats as a symbol of purifying and liberation in physical as
well as in emotional sense; e/ wish of the artists not to
be confined by dimensions of space.