Maria Nalbantova

Installations | 2019 | Wallpaper roll "Romance"

photo by Rossina Pencheva
2019 | Wallpaper roll "Romance"

digital print, glue, canvas
26 pages, 22 х 22 сm, limited edition set of 90 books, handmade

Part of the exhibition "The Goods of the Time" [20.07.-02.08.2019] at Goethe-Institut Sofia, curated by Anastasya Skvortsova

Love novels are the bestselling genre of books. Annual sales of the pink literature in the United States amounts up to $ 1 million. In these books, the woman is portrayed as the weaker subject, who is the men’s object of desire. Sometimes she is almost raped, which is not perceived as humiliation but rather the embodiment of passion. The covers of these books represent a muscular male body that harbors the delicate beauty that becomes an icon of passioned love for dissatisfied women seeking supposedly ardent feelings. The work is presented as a set of wallpaper rolls mounted on a wall consisting of a pattern formed by a selection of found love novel covers, with removed texts, where the male and female figures are always in a similar position.