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Katherina radeva

  1. 1. Katherina Radeva<br />Amalgamations of personal experience and universal signs as symbols<br />
  2. 2. Katherina’s Background<br />Born in 1982, Bulgaria<br />Since 2000, Katherina has had four solo exhibitions<br />Her earlier work focused around drawings and screen paintings to portray her opinions and views on the world of society as well as portrayals of famous plays.<br />
  3. 3. The set design for ‘Smother Mother’ one of Katherina’s solo devised performance – notice how the set is enclosed and claustrophobic giving a sense of smothering<br />KatherinaRadeva’s own portrayal of the performance of King Lear<br />
  4. 4. Background to her Work:<br />Katherina uses the universal signs and symbols to make her performances accessible to the audience.<br />The experiences are memories which she solidifies into objects and images.<br />The performances are often rituals that contain old traditions and habits from her country’s past!<br />‘The basis of my performance pieces are still images that come to life. They create realities which come from afar-distant times, places, traditions and habits.’<br />
  5. 5. Fallen Fruit – Now you are here, Now you are gone<br />A solo performance based upon the building and destroying of barriers that are between people and barriers that have been imposed on us by others.<br />Loosely based on the fall of the Berlin Wall<br />A journey of childhood, love and freedom!<br />Katherina uses only a chair, a microphone and 200 small boxes<br />
  6. 6. Fallen Fruit – Now you are here, Now you are gone!<br />
  7. 7. Fallen Fruit – Now you are here, Now you are gone<br />Katherina’s whole ideology in many of her solo performances revolve around the idea of freedom<br />From a young age she wanted to break through her childhood barrier and leave Bulgaria for Western Civilisation<br />Bulgaria’s old traditions and the restriction within their politics had been the barriers imposed on her<br />This solo performance was all about freedom from the past and from her childhood!<br />
  8. 8. Native Birds<br />Examines what it feels like to be free<br />Uses elements of Bulgarian folklore, simple movements, text and video<br />Set in a small floor space filled with thousands of paper birds!<br />Based around the story of five Bulgarian doctors, wrongly imprisoned from 1999 – 2007, for allegedly infecting children with HIV<br />Also provides a insight into her personal journey of an Eastern European woman living in the West!<br />
  9. 9. Native Birds<br />
  10. 10. Native Birds<br />By using paper birds as a simplistic representation of the idea of freedom – the young girl flying the nest to explore a new world.<br />Her idea of freedom also gives recognition to moving from childhood to adulthood – freeing oneself from those barriers that had been imposed during childhood.<br />It’s ideologies are very similar to that of ‘Fallen Fruit’<br />‘Simple representation of an idea lends an importance to the symbolic and the metaphorical as a means with engaging with the now enabling me to act within the cultural present whilst remembering the past.’<br />
  11. 11. Settling Dirt<br />Bulgaria is very important to Katherina, as it is her home country<br />In her work she portrays the struggles that her country face, due to politics, restrictions and religion.<br />Katherina moved to Western Europe as she believed she was not fulfilling her desires, being held down by old laws in Bulgaria.<br />She portrays this need to break free in the performance ‘Settling Dirt’.<br />
  12. 12. Settling Dirt<br />A solo performance about abandonment, unfulfilled desire, discomfort and a loss of the past.<br />About a girl wrapped up in her idealistic representation of love, life and sex!<br />She is sitting on the edge of the bath eating an apple<br />A back projection of a house in Bulgaria that is slowly sinking, plays in the background<br />The house is a metaphor for the struggle of the body as it begins to decay and the beauty is lost.<br />
  13. 13. Settling Dust<br />
  14. 14. Bibliography<br />Books<br />‘The Performance Studies Reader’ by Henry Bial<br />‘Performance Art: From futurism to the Present’ by RoseLee Goldberg<br />Internet<br />http://www.katherinaradeva.co.uk/artist.html<br />

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