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Without Words (2020-2021)

Artist: 
Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova
Herbarium Collection - Collection - Without Words - Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova
Herbarium Collection - Collection - Without Words - Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova

I feel insecure with the words - they sound ambiguous to me. I prefer images. For years I have been collecting images with sentences important to me in video stories. I wrote the sentences from 10 of these videos on a piece of paper.
The first filling of the sheet was just writing. The second - it was fun. The words clung to each other, wrote other, new sentences, and in some places created new meanings. When the third layer of text was written, the "teases" became a dispute. In the next, fourth, the dispute intensified, the game got rougher, turned into a "battle". With each subsequent filling of the sheet, the battle became fiercer. The sentences lost their meaning and pushed their words into every bright spot. The glowing holes diminished. The words gave up their meaning and pushed their letters into every gap. The sentences first lost the battle, then the words, and finally the letters. They smudged into a common gray-black spot. I had decided not to cheat, but I couldn't stand it and started to change the pencil with a softer one for each top layer of the text. So at the time of writing, some words seemed to hold up. These instant enlightenments helped me resist the "battle for meaning."

40x20x10, pencil on a sheet of paper 33x25 cm

The recorded texts are to and from the videos:

Conversation (2005)
Involuntarily recorded conversation between artists
(2 ', mini DV to DVD, color)

Sofia Lions (2006)
(7’25 ’’, mini DV to DVD, color, sound)

Position GALLERIST (2006)
(5'55 '', mini DV to DVD, color, sound)

Globally and in the long run, the situation is positive
a series of short videos shot in the period 2007/08 on the streets of Sofia
(mini DV to DVD, color, sound)
Reason 1 (State Machine), 4 '38' '
Motif 2 (Small typewriter), 4 ’25’ ’
Motif 3 (Horo), 3 ’36’ ’
Reason 4, 2’00 ’’
Angle 1, 2’17 ’’
Angle 2, 4’07 ’’
Angle 3, 1’04 ’’

Eco stories (2011)
(mini DV to DVD, color, sound)
Medusa's Raft, 9'30 ''
Eco History I, 19’22 ’’
Eco History II, 23’45 ’’

WEIGHT (2013)
(6 ', mini DV to DVD, color, sound)

How are you? (2014)
(13’25 ’’, mini DV to DVD, color, sound)

Fictional story (2014 - 2015)
(13’17 ’’, mini DV to DVD, color, sound)

Ctr Z (2015 - 2016)
(14’30 ’’, mini DV to DVD, color, sound)

Holes (summer) (2016 - 2017)
(8'43 '', mini DV to DVD, color, sound)