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Dimitrina Sevova (Zürich)
Unbeschreiblich weiblich*

Dimitrina Sevova’s project "Unbeschreiblich weiblich", consisting of video, archive, objects and text, is dedicated to the reflection on how women and other characters in the alternative local scene in Sofia, Bulgaria, deal with pop culture. The focus of Sevova’s considerations and reflections is the role of music, a traditionally male coded territory. The positions of several generations are superposed and questioned as to their ideal and stylistic values, and their respective differences and common grounds. How has music changed desires and identities as they were moving from non-Western to gradually more Western? How are (gender) roles distributed stereotypically, and how can alternative practices and music break them up, and create difference and utopias? "Unbeschreiblich weiblich" is based on recent video interviews with activists of the alternative music and art scene shortly after the lifting of the Iron Curtain, as well as from the current scene, and on contemporary documents and videos of the early 1990s, which simultaneously constitute a time travel of the artist in her own past.

Any resemblence to actual persons is in no way fictitious. Each protagonist is playing one of their own roles, with the exception of excerpts from feature films and music clips. The movie does not claim to present a complete picture of a scene, but rather offers fragments and leads. The movie, produced by code flow, follows a trip to Sofia in February 2007, and meetings with many friends lost & found.

* The title is borrowed from Nina Hagen's 1978 music track Unbeschreiblich weiblich.

Dimitrina Sevova
Self-portrait in her studio.
Sofia, 1991


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