Albena Baeva works at the intersection of art, technology and social science. She is a visual artist, curator and producer....Read More
The sheep, the snake, the bitch and their pig / Albena Baeva
Albena Baeva’s exhibition critiques discussions on various online platforms. Closed in their bubbles, constructed solely out of similar views and sympathetic argumentation, and isolated from any contradictory words, the participants in these online discussions view the world through the distorted reflections on their walls. It is on these walls where the most frequently repeated opinions become a reality without further proof and where the loudest insults become the new norm for debate.
The basis for the works in the exhibition forms the banal daily sexism that is used in these discussions in order to reject, devalue and insult women. The vocabulary of this sexism often refers to animals such as pussy, cow, or pig. Baeva’s sculptures bring these words to life in the form of new hybrid creatures, chthonic goddesses, and beasts that come from the dawn of our being to remind us of the need to confront the problems of our times. They form a visual reference to the texts of American writer Donna Haraway. Baeva created these mythological beings using 3D models from online collections of open-source models such as Thingiverse and Sketchfab. These models were then recombined and recreated through 3D printing technologies.
In the exhibition, these hybrid goddesses face the interactive installation “The Civyls” (a play on Sibyl and “civility”). In it, a many-headed prophet spouts sexist comments found under articles about women’s rights. The mythology of the exhibition The sheep, the snake, the bitch, and their pig is further explored in a series of collages that include augmented reality and which comment on topical social problems in Belgrade, Sofia, Lozenets, and Phoenix.