Born 1964, Antonovo, Bulgaria.
Lives and works in Berlin.
1. MATCHES, 2016.
Charred wood, fixative
Courtesy Collection Rene Block
2. Treasure is Everywhere, 2008–2010
Courtesy Collection Collection Mario von Kelterborn
Mariana Vassileva’s works employ a clear visual lan- guage. Whether photographs, sketches, sculptures or videos, they are informed by ideas of aesthetics and harmony—and yet when looked at more closely, each of them reveals a subtle underlying irony. Taking her inspiration from art history, she draws on images from collective memory, staging them in a place beyond space and time. They are dissolved from any definite context—yet precisely through this transformation process they convey a total and immediate actuality. She not only uses her cool objective gaze to inventively expose domestic stereotype, but also addresses and explores interpersonal relations and problems of communication.