Earlier this semester, Boryana Rossa, assistant professor in the Department of Transmedia, had the retropsective "Augmented Realism” at Sofia Arsenal - Museum of Contemporary Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. The retrospective included work from 1996 to the present.
Using the autobiographical approach as a medium for self-presentation and self-expression, Rossa explored issues related to gender identity, sexuality and social themes such as alienation, marginality and emigration. By including her body, personal and family stories in the artistic process, she cast doubt on the notion of "personal"–"conventional"– transforming autobiographism into an exemplar.
Rossa is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who works in the fields of electronic arts, film, video, performance and photography. She recently curated this year's Sofia Queer Forum, an annual international event addressing sexuality in intersection with social and medical issues presented through art, performances, screenings and public discussions. She also had public talks as a guest artist/professor on performative and guerilla art practices online and on contemporary post-internet film practices at the Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures and Politics, Belgrade, Serbia, at IPAK Center, and she made a live performance reflecting gender constructions created by images from political and social protests in collaboration with the students in the school. Learn more about her work at boryanarossa.com.