States of Flux evolves around four sites as its decentred stages: a hotel in the tourist resort Sunny Beach on the Black Sea; the rooftop premises of Swimming Pool in Sofia, with an empty pool; a hot spring in a mountain village near the city; and, far from the South of Europe, a self-service laundry in Frankfurt am Main. These semi-public places form the spine of an imaginary geography of flux.
The second part of the project takes place at Swimming Pool in Sofia a week later. Titled After the Splash, it is set post-factum – after the occurrence of an unavoidable, all encompassing, all revealing burst. Here, we are immersed in a world haunted by the unruly effects of repressed selves. A parallel reality emerges – partly dystopian, partly fueled by fanatical romanticism.
One day later, we set off on a walk through the forest to a hot spring near Zheleznitsa. The woods, the water, the friendly sharing of thoughts are sources of pleasure and relaxation. We are the sanguine. In these peaceful surroundings we initiate forms of community within a timeless (pre-) apocalyptic setting.
States of Flux is curated by Viktoria Draganova and Gergana Todorova and hosted by Swimming Pool, Sofia.
The exhibition series is generously supported by: Municipality of Sofia Program “Culture”, Iaspis, Ifa Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, OCA and Goethe-Institute Sofia.
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