an exhibition of Pusha Petrov

Borderline artspace - Iași, Romania August 27, 2020

Pusha Petrov, (des)coase, 2019, digital print on William Turner paper 310g

Pusha Petrov, is noted as a photographer, but her approach is not strictly limited to the image. It produces and creates works that far exceed the physical gesture of the shutter release.

Her personal exhibition at Borderline Art Space in Iași will be a brief overview of her intense activity that has characterized the last years and includes a new creation. Her research follows a path from object to individual and is revealed through photographic series, as the artist herself states and reveals a hidden identity that hides behind what we perceive in a first gaze.

Being part of a community of Bulgarians from Banat itself, the artist's attention is focused on the idea of belonging and the identity issue is approached in its broad sense, highlighting an attraction made for cultural singularities. As the artist, herself states, I quote “I am interested in observing both the details and gestures of daily life and the attitudes that continue to mark and preserve the uniqueness of each one. Behind the accumulations and diversity of manufactured and carefully collected objects, the individual is simultaneously absent and present, a paradox of our modernity.”

(des)coase ((un)stich), 2019

Pusha Petrov managed to be accepted on the intimacy of African hairdressing salons in Paris and questioned their multiple social and community functions as testimony of collective affirmation. Hair is of utmost importance for Africans because it allows to be accepted by others. To arrive at their final shape the mats and braids are attached with threads that are removed afterwards. For these threads who appear in this series she asked ‘other artists to choose a color and to intervene each in its turn. The artist left them as it is, as a personal analytic input.


Currently the artist lives and works in Paris and Timisoara and was one of the revelations, I would say major of the Biennial Art Encounters Life: user’s manual in 2017 in which I had the opportunity to be one of the co-curators. Since then she has participated in the Daegu Photography Biennale (2018) in South Korea, The Brick, La Brique, Brick at the Kunsthalle Mulhouse (2019) and recently at the Causal Loop, at the Curated_by Festival at the Charim Gallery Vienna (2019).