“Four Rooms” is the “8th of March” Group new project, exhibited at ADS Gallery. The title refers to Virginia Woolf’s essay “A Room of One’s Own,” where she raises the question whether a woman can create works of Shakespeare’s rank. Virginia Woolf reflects on women’s independence in general and summarizes: “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she wants to write.”

The idea for a show is provoked by the gallery itself, consisting of four separate rooms. However the show reflects the Group’s countenance as well as its members’ attitude to the phenomenon of “feminism”. On the one hand there is an ironic hint to the “achieved” freedom of the contemporary woman-artist. On the other hand the viewer is directed to the diversity in modern perusal of feminism.

In her cycle “New Hedonism” Alla Georgieva makes an attempt at investigating the interrelations between the mother instinct and the pattern of behavior, imposed by the consumerist way of life. She raises the question: is there a contradiction between the egocentric dictates of modern society and the dictates of nature?

Adelina Popnedeleva exhibits picturesque portraits of animals, which are often used as comparative epithets for women: a hen, a cow, a bitch. Meanwhile a man from the screen is telling incessant jokes about women.

Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova presents the three-part cartoon “Ping-pong”, the characters in which are the four participants in the show. They cheerily scurry around to the sounds of familiar songs: an “impression” that, behind the happy façade, tells a lot about certain friendly and professional relationships.

This time the curator of the group Maria Vassileva manifests herself as a participant in the show. The sound installation represents this text, read in various ways: as a bed-time story, as a sex-phone, as the weather report etc. By means of various intonations the author wishes to illustrate the fact that feminism nowadays has many faces and cannot be interpreted one-sidedly or locked in one definition.

Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova, Ping-pong, 2003

Adelina Ponedeleva, Happy 8th of March!, 2004

Adelina Ponedeleva
No Comment, 2004
Video, loop


Alla Georgieva, New Hedonism, 2004

Maria Vassileva
A Text That Speaks, 2004
sound installation, 10’
(with the participation of Emanuela Shkodreva)


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