Georgieva presents a new multi-channel video installation at ANDOR including performative 'to-camera' character studies, karaoke, and videos inspired by the structures of showbiz, advertising and female global superstardom. Behind the screens at the rear of the gallery an impromptu sculptural installation offers a potential backdrop for live performance. Incorporating combinations of textiles and sculptural casts, it mimics the low-fi assemblages and film sets created by the artist in her studio. The exhibition shifts, in much the same way as Georgieva's exploratory and revelatory video works, between rehearsal and live-event, revealing moments that capture the promise of empowerment, constructed and filtered through multifarious layers of digital appropriation and mainstream manipulation. In these forms of artistic production, in both their critique and entertainment value, we are fed back loops of nostalgia, desire and aspiration; exposing new characters to the fallacies and myths of originality.
Gery Georgieva (born Varna, Bulgaria, 1986) studies at Royal Academy Schools, London. Georgieva previously presented performances as part of AFTER/HOURS/DROP/BOX curated by artist John Lawrence for ANDOR, touring to Modern Art Oxford and Spike Island, 2012/13/14. Georgieva's previous solo exhibitions include Solo Romantika, at Res. Deptford, London, 2015; Last Chance for a Slow Dance, Bold Tendencies Straw Theatre, Peckham, London, 2011. Recent exhibitions include: Balkan Idol, Frieze Film commissioned by Random Acts Channel 4, Frieze Art Fair, 2015; Outdoor II Continental Love, WARM, São Paulo, co-curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini, 2015; Techno Trance (Paradise Is Now), curated by Johan Norling, Luda Gallery, St Petersburg, 2015; Open Source, Gillett Square, Dalston, London, 2015; Premiums Interim Projects, Royal Academy of Arts, 2015.