Maria Nalbantova

Installations | 2020 | Cleanse

photo by Peter Raijekov
2020 | Cleanse

video, tiles, stone, wood, synthetic fibers, water, soap, asphalt, gold leafs, acrylic, rubber gloves, mirror, test tube, mesh body sponge, metal basin
camera and photography: Peter Raijekov

BAZA Award is organizaed by: Sofia City Art Gallery in collaboration with Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia and Edmond Demirdjian Foundation, The Foundation for a Civil Society, New York and the Young Visual Artists Awards international network

The project won the BAZA 2020 Award for Contemporary Art and was presented in the exhibition of the nominees [28.07.–30.08.2020] at Sofia City Art Gallery, curated by Maria Vassileva.

"cleanse" (teaser)

concept, artworks and performance: Maria Nalbantova
camera and photography: Peter Raijekov
HD Video, 7"

press: - "Portal for culture, art and society" Interview by Rada Ezekieva
Capital / "20 questions" Interview by Svetoslav Todorov
ArtSofia by „въпреки.com” editoral team
Bulgarian National Radio, program "Time and a Half" Interview by Radoslav Chichev

“cleanse” is a complex installation, framed as a “cleaning” program, involving video and objects. It explores topics related to ethics and the hygiene of the human consciousness. The work is a fictional program in three phases, which can be followed in a seven-minute “demonstration” video in a sterile visual aesthetic. The steps include cleansing the feet, cleansing the hands, and cleansing the face, followed by soaping, brushing, washing, and wiping. The waste-water after washing changes its “structure” and becomes a certain substance that reveals the essence of the self-interest. All elements of the project are the result of continuous research and collection of documentary materials and personal experiences, which at one point form a specific visual language and narrative. The work is made of hybrid appliances consisting of organic and synthetic elements, that form cleaning devices. Those “devices” are used in the cleaning procedures, demonstrated in the video, exploring topics related to corruption, lack of dignity and abuse of power.