Mariana Vassileva

Born in Antonovo, Bulgaria in 1964. Lives and works in Berlin.

All of Vassileva's works are relevant to us. In Aristotle's "Poetics", the idea that art should be concerned with the human cause, what the ancient Romans called "mea reas agitur", is skillfully observed by the artist. We often see artistic, seemingly gravity-reducing tricks in his work, such as the tower of school chairs in "Denkpause" (2016). Even the title offers a glimpse of Shakespeare's "Hamlet", in which he tries to make his friend aware of the fact of "miracles and blessings" (Gottfried Benn), beyond a rational argument: "There is more in heaven and earth, Horatio, than your book learning can imagine."