17/05/2022 - 17/07/2022

Vernissage on 17 May (Tuesday), from 6:00 p. m. to 8:00 p. m., Panorama Hall

“Awakening Between the Lines” combines literature and fine art. Following a creative writing course with British authors Dr Will Buckingham and Dr Hannah Stevens of Wind&Bones, the WomenSurvivors (#женитеSurvivors) created 30 flash fiction micro-stories. The final stories in English were edited by Will Buckingham and Hannah Stevens, and in Bulgarian by Nadezhda Radulova and Silvia Ivanova, with proofreading by Iva Koleva.

23 Bulgarian artists were invited to visualise these stories, and their works are included in the exhibition. Viewers have the opportunity to “read between the lines”, to experience the emotional impact of these artworks, both literary and visual, and the unique sensibilities of their creators.

Awakening: Waking Up, Recovering, Remembering. Remembering who you are. Choosing to awaken. Awakening the person within you. Choosing for yourself. Emprove Foundation’s mission is to help women in toxic relationships, to debunk myths around a topic that is still taboo, and to foster a deeper public awareness of domestic abuse. In its mission to reach as many people as possible, the foundation chooses art, because art helps, inspires and revives.

WomenSurvivors is the first Bulgarian community of its kind, created by women who have managed to free themselves from emotional or physical abuse, for women who have embarked on change and a new life.

The “Awakening Between the Lines” initiative is part of #ArtAwakens, an inspiring series of art projects by the Emprove Foundation that aims to touch and change those deep layers of consciousness through creativity as only art can. The partnership between the National Gallery and the Emprove Foundation begins in 2020 with the screening of the film project Early Awakening on the facade of Square 500.

Adriana “Addminimal” Gerasimova, Alexandra Nikolova “Al Nik”, Angela Pencheva, Antonia Mechkueva, Asya Koleva, Borislava “BORISLAVAMADEIT” Karadzhova, Ventsislav Yosifov “Jermain”, Gergana Stancheva, Dejana Stareva, Diana Dimitrova , Elena Panayotova, Elina Buchukova, Eslitsa Popova, Kalina Muhova, Kapka Kaneva, Kiril Zlatkov, Lyudmil Iliev, Milena Tsochkova, Mila Tabakova, Michaela Karadzhova, Nadezhda Ilieva, Filip Tsarov “Trasher”, Yulian Tabakov.