PASSAGE by Ina Valentinova
Here is what the artist Ina Valentinova says about her art intervention PASSAGE: “I lower my head and pass quickly by, avoiding the repetitiveness of the concrete panels. I do not like the long gray walls, they interrupt my path, they cut it. The concrete bulk of Proslav’s train stop rips the space and makes me pass by it in a fast pace. Reflecting on this feeling of insecurity provoked me to turn this part of the train stop into a colorful space, to liven it up. Train stations do not always make you sad, the colors on the walls could make us think of the adventures that traveling holds, and the lines and images could tell us stories of faraway lands.”
Ina Valentinova was born in 1995, in the town of Ruse. She studied Fine Arts at the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen, Netherlands, as well as Graphics and Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Poland and Textiles at the National Academy of Arts, Sofia. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions, some of which took place in Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Poland, China and Bulgaria. Her first solo exhibition “Flying jellyfish and fragrant cakes” was presented in 2012 at the Arhis Gallery, Varna. She creates workshops in the field of textile art, street art, public art, painting and graphics. The main themes of her artwork are animism, the connection between people and nature and spirituality.
PASSAGE by Ina Valentinova is part of the art interventions, curаted by The Fridge and realized as part of “Sense of a City: Inclusive, Safe and Sustainable Plovdiv”, a project by the Bulgarian Fund for Women, implemented as a part of the program Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019.