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Feb, 2017

AUTOTRANSLATION | Yana Dimitrova & Annesofie Sandal

AUTOTRANSLATION | Yana Dimitrova & Annesofie Sandal

March 2 - 12, 2017

266 W 37th Street
New York, NY
(between 7th and 8th ave.)

Nearest Trains: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3

On view 24/7, through storefront window.
Please note: the gate will be down (i.e. the exhibit will not be viewable), on nights when the temperature falls below freezing. 

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 2, 6-9pm

Closing Reception & Performance: Saturday, March 11, 3-6pm
A performance by Amelie Gaulier-Brody followed by a reception

Open Hours: 
Friday, March 3rd, 12-6pm
Saturday, March 4th, 12-6pm
Sunday, March 5th, 12-6pm

Autotranslation happens when words, shapes, and meanings are exchanged between people, places, and cultures. It is a dialogue between two friends, two immigrant women, who while observing and traversing spaces, while collecting bits and pieces of information, develop and map a new kind of fictional place.

This presentation is a chronicle of Yana and Annesofie, their appropriation of spaces and their re-constructed memories.

Yana Dimitrova is interested in various social systems and the precise role of images and their production within those. Her work aims to construct a deceptive space where the hidden lack of participation, or the direct use of participation, create tension between the viewer, the process, and the image, while questioning the proposed values of everyday. Her most recent works consist of paintings, drawings, and embroidery employing various forms of actions: analyzing public space, surfing digital mapping tools, conducting questionnaires. She uses these techniques to identify how images can serve as a tool for the production of common space.

Annesofie Sandal works with modification of inexpensive and discarded materials in site specific installations and objects. She is interested in how cultural and social hierarchies are exposed through the handling of waste and adresses her own conflicts with cultural production through working with used cardboard only. This allows her to distort the aesthetics of status and value and indirectly talk about social class and hyper-consumerism. She looks to create work in which multiple sources of identity, culture, memory and emotion reminds us of being connected to history, society and each other.

Through their collaborative installtion integrating paintings and objects, the artsts offer a dialogue between their observations and spaces they both have traversed. Their works are adapted and developed into maps of fictional places that question what is real and what is imagined and how the value and meaning of objects and images change from one place to another. Yana and Annesofie wonder whether a temporary space can exist permanently and what might get lost in the translations of emotion and the recollections of the mind.


Yana Dimitrova


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