Let's Dance/ Clothes for Collective Life

  • 1996
  • installation
  • eight white shirts (modified), plastic circular support construction, fishing cord
  • height approx. 210 cm, diameter 260 cm
  • EA 3 + 1AP
  • Art Collection Telekom
Let's Dance modifies a technique from the craft of cloths design. Eight white shirts are sewed with one sleeve serving two adjacent shirts, leaving no individual space for movement outside of the circle of the group. The composition references the traditional Bulgarian folklore dance "Horo".
 
"Like in many other countries there is also in Bulgaria a tradional folklore dance, in which the dancers intervene and act as one common dance body in a circle. The altered shirts tailored together in a connected circle are a perfect dress for this body and are at the same time reminiscent of a straitjacket used to calm people down while limiting their free movement. As such the communal garment can stand as a metapher for the dystopic reality of the socialist past and communist dictatorship in the country."
- from the website of Art Collection Telekom
 

Shirts teiloring: Atanaska Dimitrova

Special thanks to Kalina Dimitrova

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introduction to the work made for the exhibition "Keeping the balance. Works from the Art Collection Telekom" Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest / 04 Sep – 22 Nov 2020" courtecy Art Collection Telekom

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The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things… from the Art Collection Telekom, 14/12/2021 - 20/03/2022, The National Gallery / The Palace, Sofia; curated by Boryana Valchnaova and and Martina Yordanova

Keeping the Balance. Works from the Art Collection Telekom, Sep 4 — Nov 22, 2020, Ludwig Museum Budapest, curated by Rainald Schumacher and Nathalie Hoyos

Listen to Us – Artistic Intelligence (Works from Art Collection Telekom), Part of the programme of Plovdiv European Cultural Capitol 2019, SKLAD, Plovdiv, 2019; Curated by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher

Border by Memory, The Tunel Gallery, Balchik, 2015, curated by Pravdolyub Ivanov

Romanian-Bulgarian Union. A retrospective, 2014, Salonul de Projecte, Muzeul Național de Artă Contemporană (MNAC), Bucharest, 2014; curator: Vlad Nancă

Krassimir Terziev. Let's Dance, XXL Gallery, Sofia, 1996

Process Space Festival, Balchik, Bulgaria, 1996, curated by Dimitar Grozdanov