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The Possible Institution

Maria Nalbantova
Institutional Leisure

Flashing gazes in the work bubble of the day. The buzz of assorted devices is interrupted – it’s time for a break. Time for work and time for leisure alternate rhythmically. Working time starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m., but can vary depending on the institution and official holidays. In June it’s mostly sunny. Call during working hours and don’t go during the lunch break. If you don’t find anyone, maybe the institution is sound asleep. The hands of the clock flash in the dark, showing lunchtime. Make yourselves comfortable on the lawn and take a break from arranging Tetris blocks and filling lines. Here you are immersed amidst the breath of the birds.


Maria Nalbantova (b.1990, Sofia, Bulgaria) is a visual artist who works in the field of contemporary art. She graduated with a Master’s degree from the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Department of Book and Printed Graphics in 2015. She specialized for one semester in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Universidad de Granada, Spain. Maria Nalbantova is the winner of the BAZA Award for Contemporar Art for 2020. Her solo shows include: DROUGHT, Intro Gallery, Sofia (2021); hybrid-pure, Sariev Gallery, Plovdiv (2020); Weather Forecast, curated by Daniela Radeva, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia (2018).