Център за социална визия

Module 2: A Common Vision for the City

Prima Materia World
Interdisciplinary laboratory by Dessislava Terzieva

various locations around Sofia

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Prima Materia World is an interdisciplinary laboratory exploring textile possibilities through private research and public interventions. This project utilizes garments sourced from the immediate environment – such as clothing from flea markets, second-hand shops, and community donations – to engage the general public through a series of subtle spatial installations. The familiarity of the materials juxtaposed with their uncanny use seeks to elicit curiosity and discourse in those who stumble upon them. The audience’s reaction to this anonymous human touch is just as much part of the research as the intervention itself.

Prima Materia World will take place during the public program and will appear at several locations in the city. This project is implemented with the support of the Fidana Foundation, a non-profit organization facilitating contemporary art in public spaces using pre-existing infrastructure.


Dessislava Terzieva is a Bulgarian-American contemporary artist based between Detroit, Sofia, and Mexico City. She earned a BA in Political Science from Oakland University and an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2021. Prior to attending Cranbrook, Terzieva made a name for herself as a prominent figure in the Detroit art scene; exhibiting in off-site locations, curating independent art spaces, and executing interactive and immersive installations in the public sphere. She has exhibited in the United States and internationally, including: ART-O-RAMA in Marseille, France; KO-OP in Sofia, Bulgaria; College for Creative Studies Center Gallery in Detroit, Michigan; Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio; Aether Haha in The Hague, Netherlands; Huron Art Space in San Francisco, California; Mönchskirche in Salzwedel, Germany, Guck mal Günther, Kunst in Lenzburg, Switzerland, International Biennale of Santorini in Santorini, Greece; Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has been awarded a residency at Hestia (Serbia), Bed Stuy Art Residency (New York), Atelierhaus Hilmsen (Germany), and World of Co (Bulgaria).