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Amazon Armor

Boryana Rossa, Sofia

Boryana Rossa is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who works in the fields of electronic arts, film, video, performance and photography. Her works are shown internationally at venues such as steirischer herbst, Graz; 1st Balkan Biennale, Thesaloniki; Kunstwerke and Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; The 1st and 2nd Moscow Biennial for Contemporary Art; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art (MUMOK) Vienna; Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw etc.


In 2004, together with artist Oleg Mavromatti, Rossa established UTRAFUTURO - an interdisciplinary group focused on the ethical and social impact of technology in contemporary world. Their works have been shown at the Biennial for Electronic Art, Perth (BEAP); Foundation for Art and Creative Technologies (FACT), Liverpool etc.


In 2012 Rossa finished her PhD on post-Cold War gender performances in film at Rensselaer, Troy, NY.


Her works have been included in collections such as the performing art archive re.act.feminism; Transitland Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009; Kontakt. Art Collection Erste Group/ERSTE Foundation and the Brooklyn Museum.


Boryana Rossa is director of Sofia Queer Forum.


She is also an assistant professor at Syracuse University's, NY department of Transmedia.


Since 2000 she is a member of SUPERNOVA film union – international formation for radical cinema.

Website: http://boryanarossa.com




Boryana Rossa

Photo: Boryana Rossa

Amazon Armor is a series of projects about bodies with variable anatomies. I present my new, different body since 2013 through autobiographical performances, photographs, drawings and objects. 


I have no breasts. Double mastectomy (removal of the two breasts) was a necessary medical intervention for me to prevent breast cancer. I decided to not make silicon reconstruction or try to hide this body change like many other women do. I make this decision a visible political appeal for acceptation of these changed bodies not only as possible but as beautiful too even without this praised attribute of femininity.


In the book that is published with the help of the Ruf Award fund, I have included some of these works but also texts by the renowned art historian Nadya Plungian, the artist Oleg Mavromatti and an interview with me by Lisa Vinebaum for the International performance art festival Rapid Pulse (Chicago, 2014), where I have made the performance Deconstruction of VALIE EXPORT's “Touch and Tap Cinema”, documentation of which is included as well.