TERMINAL / Yana Lozeva

October 19 - November 03, 2019
SKLAD, Plovdiv, Exarh Yosif 16

Photographs by Yana Lozeva
Curator Veselina Nikolaeva
Text by Zornitsa Hristova

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A landscape seen in portraits. The lost island of Adata, Plovdiv, can barely be seen in the pictures – just as it is barely noticed by the city. The nature:culture ratio has been overturned; nature has become a small spot on the map, a blind spot. The place where people used to go on family picnics is now abandoned, surrounded by the city, run over by the bridgeway. It has lost the blooming optimism of the word “island”as a synonym of “oasis”, a safe ground in a sea of trouble. In another version of the present Adata would be an island where nature starts to rewrite the Robinson story, starting anew.

Adata, hell. To get here you have to step down, to descend. In our own version of the present the island has a light but pervasive post-apocaliptic aroma. The territories reclaimed by nature do not become automatically a virgin forest. Under all that verdure you can step on a discared bottle of household chemicals – or an animal bone. When you’re under the bridge, you are defenceless against anything that might be thrown from above. And though life may be bubbling all around you, you don’t feel peaceful, you don’t feel restored to the prehuman garden of beginnings; you feel fear. And guilt.

In Terminal, you will see the island through its impact on several human faces. We cannot know what it is in itself; whaat we have is the shadow it casts upon us. According to some schools of psychoanalysis, a “shadow” is the side of our consciousness that remains eternally invisible but also eternal in the power it has over us. The blind spot, the wounded place. How are we affected by a world where nature is a weak, prematurely defeated parent? Are we expecting retribution – or somehow hoping it will come our way?

Adata, hell, is a play about an edenic garden that will never be the same. Because we have been there.

From the end of July 2019 to the beginning of November the riverside areas in Plovdiv will be an epicenter for the realization of artistic interventions in the urban environment. The projects were selected on the basis of the proposals received from the artists who participated in the ADATA AiR programme in 2018. Their proposals were developed as a result of artistic residences in Plovdiv supported by Plovdiv 2019 Foundation in the first stage of the programme.

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The artist-in-residence programme ADATA AiR is focusing the urban landscape of the city of Plovdiv as part of the ECOC programme. ADATA AiR is a production of Plovdiv 2019 Foundation, realized in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria and the Polish Institute in Sofia.

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The artist-in-residence programme ADATA AiR is an official member of the Res Artis, Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies.

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