Æther Haga

  • 05/03/2021 •

    Capitalizing on my Love for You by Sofia Dimova

    For this edition of Hoogtij, Sofia Dimova captured an impression of her solo exhibition,

    Capitalizing on my Love for You, which was on view at Æther Sofia in February.

    “We romanticize someone when we are bored”- the unwanted words of wisdom coming from the mouth of the young Dutch boy, who desperately wanted to become a man. If the Russian shot me tonight, I’d be no longer real. The two obese kids will eat me alive and I’ll be no longer real. Give me five minutes. Are you going to shed a tear… or maybe even two? The last time you cried was last summer. The gypsy with blue hair, I saw her in my dream. A self-prophecy to good fortune. Perhaps. Throwing up dollar bills. Look at this boy on the stage, selling himself for a dime of filthy fame. The Hungarian prostitute gracefully lifts up her leg, discretely preparing you for the price you will pay. I was puking for a day and a half. Back to the place where we both existed. Now, we are no longer real for one another. There is no certainty of what really happened. The provoked physical sensation will lead us to the past, twisted reality and decaying memories. The protagonists, who are consciously portrayed in the works, are captured in the time being of their existence in Dimova’s life. This experience will patch and revive the moments buried deep down in the core memory. From the use of torn fabrics to the depiction of (un)familiar faces, ‘Capitalizing on my Love for You’ is perpetuating the relationships with other individuals and one’s self, seeking truths and forgiveness.
    The soundtrack to ‘Capitalizing on my Love for You’ is made by Sekaìology (NL). It’s a collaboration between his original sounds and recordings of Sofia’s voice, in which she shares intimate thoughts and things that happened to her for the past two years. Sekaìlogy has taken full control in creating the sound, which correlates with Sofia’s vision. Sofia once said to herself “Goddamn it… you broke me, now I have to make a painting about you and sell it, so something good can come out of this misery.”

    Sofia Dimova (1996, BG) is a multidisciplinary artist. She graduated from Academie Minerva (Groningen, NL) in 2019 with BA in Fine Arts. With different materials and mediums (such as textiles, found objects, photography and transfer techniques) she builds layers of socio-political issues and themes on personal politics. A visual complexity, which includes observations, direct metaphors, subliminal messages and references from pop culture and the streets. Sofia currently lives in Bulgaria.

    Sekaìology (Martijn de Geele, 1994, NL) is a producer, musician and visual artist. Creating soundscapes allows him to explore themes of emotional states and their sensitive relationship with sound. He frequently entertains the theme of “calming states” in an otherwise busy life. Currently he is a student at Academie Minerva (Groningen, NL), pursuing a Masters degree in Art and Design (MadTECH).


About Æther Haga

ÆTHER HAGA is a sibling space from ÆTHER SOFIA in Bulgaria and is initiated and curated by artists Marie Civikov and Voin de Voin. Occasionally it will present a selection of artists and will unfold proposals of what intersects along the east/west trajectory based on the already started dialogues at the eastern point. Within this the project strives to make a more physical bond between the continental linear directions, its psycho-geographic potentiality and a bridge less faible, built upon sharing, discussion and exchange. Æther Haga will be programming irregular and shares its digital platform with Æther Sofia. Follow their Facebook page to stay updated.

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