Works : Performance and Intervention

On Focus: The Interior

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2015

BORYANA ROSSA

VIVA! Art Action! Performance Art Festival, Montreal

“On Focus: The Interior” is a homage to the “Interior Scroll” by Carolee Shneemann - perhaps one of my favorite feminist performance art pieces. However I belong to a different generation, therefore I can not just make a piece that celebrates earlier fellow feminists without adding something to it, or re-interpreting their work in a current context.


Deconstruction of Valie Export

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2013

BORYANA ROSSA

Solyanka State Art Gallery, Moscow

This work is a reenactment of the classic performance by VALIE EXPORT "Touch and Tap TV"1968. The artist constructed a small theater-like box with a curtain and put it on her chest. The people on the street  - men, women and children - were invited by another artist, to touch her in the box, behind the curtain.


Pervert Veggies

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2013

BORYANA ROSSA

Berlin, Germany; Woodstock, Byrdcliffe Residency, Woodstock, NY; SPARK Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse, NY

A portable photo studio, a relational project in which people are invited to pose with varieties of vegetables, fruits and other objects resembling genitalia. I have been inspired by amateur photographs featuring the same subject, which seems to be pretty popular. Even among my personal photos I have found one on which I have been holding two apples at the supposed place of testicles. pervert Veggies had happened so far in Berlin, Germany, Woodstock and Syracuse, NY.


Pussy Riot Tribute

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2011

BORYANA ROSSA, ANGELA WAHSKO and MARINA GALPERINA

Performed in Harlem, NYC

As the world waits for the verdict of the Pussy Riot trial this Friday, ANIMAL actively was on site at a tribute action in Harlem yesterday evening. With the slogans of “Burn, You Putrid Cocks of Corrupt Patriarchy!” and “They Stink! They Stink!,” artists Boryana Rossa and Angela Washko, as well as yours truly, roasted phallic sausage, donning now-iconic Pussy Riot colors and DIY gas mask-balaclava hybrids — to protect us from the stink, of course!


VITRUVIAN BODY

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2009

BORYANA ROSSA and OLEG MAVROMATTI

Performed at: re.act.feminism

at Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany

Vitruvian Body is a critical embodiment of the "ideal proportions" of the human body, defined as such by the Roman architect Vitruvius.


BLOOD CERTIFIED

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2009

BORYANA ROSSA and OLEG MAVROMATTI

Performed at: Performance in Crisis, Exit Art, NY

Description: We print $1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes using stencils and
our blood as ink and sell them to the audience for the price indicated on the note.


Peoples’ Servants

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2009

BORYANA ROSSA and OLEG MAVROMATTI

Performed at: Stedeljik Museum Bouwkeet, Amsterdam

Commissioned for : VASTAL Bouwkeet Take Over! Project by Adam Zaretsky for the Waag Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

We wear masks of the most influential ideologists of Neoliberalism and Social Darwinism: Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman.  The audience  spontaneous reaction is to begin throwing objects at us.


Memory Picture

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2008

ULTARFUTURO

Intervention in the garden in front of the monument "1300 Years of the Bulgarian State," Sofia, Bulgaria Desctription : This action was meant to bring attention to the fate of the socialist monuments  in Bulgaria. Some of them (like the Mausoleum of Georgi Dimitrov)  have been demolished, some not maintained well. The monument "1300 Years of the Bulgarian State" is the biggest in Sofia and the most neglected nationwide. It is to commemorate the entire Bulgarian history since the  establishment of the medieval state in 681 A.D.


CIVIL POSITION

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2007

BORYANA ROSSA and ULTRAFUTURO

Description: I am handcuffed on my knees for three hours on the crowded Eagle’s  Bridge in Sofia. Leaflets that appeal for active civil engagement  with the social reality, are spread around me.


BLOOD REVENGE 2

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2007

Performed at: "Seious Games," Exit Art, NY
Red House, Center for Culture and Debate, Sofia

Description: Blood Revenge 2 is a re-enactment of Rudolf Schwarzkogler's photo  series 2 Aktion and 3 Aktion, made in 1965 (wrongly referred as  performances by many). For about four decades, the myth that  Schwarzkogler died after cutting his penis off has been travelling  successfully around the globe.


Whole Body

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2007

BORYANA ROSSA

I stich my legs and hands to each other, metaphorically returning to a "whole" to a cell, which is not determined by anything that segregates our societies - gender, class, race, nationality, disability, ethnicity, sexuality etc.


ABOUT THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

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2006

BORYANA ROSSA & OLEG MAVROMATTI

Commissioned for: Rencontre internationale d'art

performance (RIAP), Quebec City

Description: We stitch fake rubber wounds to our bodies with a surgical thread.


BEFORE AND AFTER

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2006

BORYANA ROSSA and OLEG MAVROMATTI
Performed at: "Wild Girls," Exit Art, NY

We stitch our bodies to each other with a surgical thread and try to walk around the gallery.


SZ-ZS PERFORMANCE

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2005
BORYANA ROSSA, OLEG MAVROMATTI
documentation by ULTRAFUTURO
Performed at: Sofia City Art Gallery


The Last Valve

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2004

Performed at artist's apartment, Sofia

The Last Valve is a manifesto of a future free of gender distinctions.