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Yasena Popova, Sofia

Yasena Popova was born in 1981 in Svishtov, Bulgaria.
She graduated in Architecture from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia in 2006 and Art of Photography from New Bulgarian University in 2013. She lives and works in Sofia.

Personal exhibitions
2016 Locomotive (from the Urban Insects series), Photo-concept Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;
2014 Urban Insects, f/2.8 Photo Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;
2013 Faces of Immigrants, Gallery 205, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Selected group exhibitions
2016 Circulation(s), Centquatre-Paris, Paris, France;

International Gyeonggi Ansan Art Fair – AIAF, Ansan, South Korea; Winter Hits, Red House Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;

2014 The Collection. New Acquisitions 2012 – 2013, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria; Conceptual Photography Weeks, Synthesis Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria;
2013 Exhibition of the ten nominees for Bulgaria, organized by the ESSL Museum, Academia Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria.


Mobile: +359 887 462 907

Email: yaspopova@gmail.com

Website: https://www.behance.net/yassena13f8



Photo: Yasena Popova


(from the Urban Insects series)


In the Urban Insects series the author seeks the hidden meaning of the objects existing in our urban environment. She photographs them from an unusual point of view: asphalt perspective. The objects are vehicles photographed in car repair shops or on construction sites. In order to shoot the bigger ones, the author lifts them to the appropriate height using construction cranes. Viewed underneath, the machines resemble huge insects. The complex tangle of powertrains resemble the organs of a living creature.


The object that is exhibited is a diesel locomotive, series 52. These are locomotives with a diesel engine, produced by VEB Lokomotivbau und elektrotechnische Werke “Hans Beimler” – Henningsdorf, Berlin. They were imported in Bulgaria in 1965 and are the main type maneuver locomotives in BDZ.


The photograph was taken with the assistance of Bulgarian State Railways, Plovdiv. For the purpose the locomotive was lifted, using 4 synchronous jack-ups. Its weight is 120 tons.