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A Video Installation by Michaela Lakova

I still have a visual and acoustic memory of experiences that I can not explain.Sentences and languages I do not know have remained in my memory…etched like a magnetic tape… memories which I can not forget or erase.

“A Manuscript of Erasure” is an immersive video which explores themes of memory, absence and presence; what’s is forgotten and/or remembered oscillating between city landscapes and a desert located in the Middle East. The video depicts a larger question of how history operates and its complex apparatus of being erased and then reinvented again.
My interest in the subject of erasure was originally inspired by my desire to gain agency within the unspoken act of erasure; erasure of people, places and histories. The video is a symbolic attempt to navigate and understand those inscription processes.

Michaela Lakova

Michaela Lakova (BG/NL) is a visual artist and researcher currently based in Rotterdam.Subjects of interest are electronic errors, systems malfunction and the inevitable generation of data traces and its problematic resistance to deletion. She completed a Master program in Media Design and Communication at Piet Zwart Institute in 2014 and holds a BA (NATFA) in Stage and Screen Design.
Her works have been shown in international media art festivals and exhibitions such as: Medialab-Prado, Madrid, Spain; Art Meets Radical Openness (AMRO 2016) Linz, Austria; Radical Networks (2015), NYU, New York, USA; What Remains – Strategies of Saving and Deleting, esc medien kunst labor, Graz, Austria; Unlinked (2014), TENT Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands; ZK/U (2015), Berlin, Germany; Piksel Festival (2014), Bergen, Norway and Artists in Residency at Intercambiador ACART (2016), Madrid, Spain.

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“A Manuscript of Erasure” is part of Plan for Action # 3 project by The Fridge. Plan for Action consists of a series of exhibitions by different authors, who explore art as a completely free and therefore responsible act. The exhibitions do not have a common title, motto, statement or slogan, as usually required by most administratively or institutionally organized art events seeking to promote the contemporary art. The exhibitions do not have a curator. Instead they include an open platform for discussion between the author and the audience. The project aims to concentrate energy and efforts on observing the artistic scene that develops itself into an independent but coherent environment.

Supported by Gaudenz B. Ruf Award.

21 – 30 June 2017

The fridge, 6 -B “General Parensov”str., Sofia