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Trauma Mapping

Aksiniya Peicheva, Sofia

Aksiniya Peicheva was born in Kyustendil in 1990. She lives and works in Sofia. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the National Art Academy, Sofia. She completed the post-diploma program for young artists at ICA-Sofia (2017) Close Encounters – Visual Dialogues. School4artists.
Aksiniya Peicheva holds an MA (2015) and a BA (2013) in Mural Painting from the National Art Academy, Sofia.


LUCUS was her first solo exhibition, which she presented at the Vladimir Dimitrov – The Master Gallery in Kyustendil in 2017 and afterward in Karlsruhe, Germany at the beginning of 2018.


Among her group exhibitions are: School4artists, ICA-Sofia Gallery (2017); Water Tower Artfest, Sofia (2016); LUMIX Light Art Fest, Ancient Bath, Plovdiv (2016); DA Fest, Sofia (2015); Sense of the Universe, Re: Art and Science Research Foundation (2014).


Email: peichevaaksiniya@gmail.com


Aksiniya Peicheva
Photo: Radostin Sedevchev

Trauma Mapping
An exhibition by Aksiniya Peicheva

31.10 – 08.12.2018
Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia

Curator: Luchezar Boyadjiev


Trauma Mapping by Aksiniya Peicheva is an interdisciplinary project that aims to explore the subject of trauma; to look for visual traces, left by traumatic events – their projection on the body, the reaction of the organism towards it, the way the cells are being rearranged by what has happened. In each case, the product of this study is the creation of a so-called ‘visual map’. The objects of attention are stray animals that have experienced stressful situations, while living on the streets – from fairly harmless to more serious ones, such as shooting, which has a lasting impact on their lives and sometimes proves to be fatal. Using topography, computational geometry, and haematology, these ”maps” try to grasp the depth of what has happened. Sometimes the traumatic process is the result of deliberately caused harm, sometimes its etiology is vague, but the notion of continuing suffering and the visual traces that it leaves behind is still important.


The methodology of the project is transdisciplinary – it combines different research methods, which belong to both art and different scientific disciplines. The interconnection of these two major areas – art and science, ultimately results in the creation of an image – either a graphic or a sculpture that seeks to understand the internal logic and structure of what has happened. Or in other words – to create a trauma map. A map in which the substance of suffering becomes (a bit) more comprehensible.