Leda Vaneva (born in Sofia, Bulgaria) explores the processes of construction in the observable world, human perceptions and their limitations. Her pieces revolve around themes like materiality, agency/control, sustainability, the relationship of people with nature and digital technology.
Vaneva holds MA degrees in New Media (Aalto University, Helsinki) and Photography (National Academy of Art, Sofia).
Her work has been exhibited at a number of venues, such as the National gallery, the National Palace of Culture, the City gallery in Sofia, Contemporary Space in Varna, Lapinlahti Gallery and Kaapelitehdas in Helsinki, Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg/Vienna, Galerie Nord | Kunstverein Tiergarten in Berlin, as well as exhibition spaces in Barcelona, Eindhoven, Seoul.
Vaneva is also recipient of several awards, including the Essl Art Award (2013), George Papazov Award for contemporary video (2016), two nominations for the Baza Award (2014 and 2017).
Currently she lives and works in Helsinki.
Life Lines #2018
2019, lenticular print, 120 x 180 cm
Life Lines is a visual “diary” series. #2018 is the beginning and consists of all images, taken with a smartphone camera in 2018. The photos are dissolved in lines of the colors, which they contained.
I rarely check my old photos, yet I keep producing loads of new ones. Contours seem to lose significance. What do I even remember afterwards? The work is a demolition of the concrete, where context gets lost and only color remains. That makes the images universal, free from a specific situation, pure emotion. Or is it? Are the colors themselves enough of sensorial stimuli to generate an experience?
2018, PLA, 50 x 50 cm each
A series about movement and transition. Started as a drawing made up of thin black lines, Thin White Lines traces the transformation of ideas and forms through space. Repetition and randomization are the main tools used. The works explore the elements of formation, following nature’s ways to structuring matter.
An ongoing project.