Grani

In this body of work I investigate the relation of the ancient rituals of the so called ‘’wild man’’ or ‘’Kukeri’’ in the Bulgarian culture. Kukeri are man dressed up in scary costumes made out of animal skin, fur, bird wings, feathers, horns, small mirrors, bells etc. They illustrate different moments of transition between the world of living and death. Kukeri unite culture and nature, civilized and wild, man and animal. Brutal scenes associated with death are combined with gentle dancing movements and music that merges in spectacular show in the cold winter days to chase away the bad spirits and death and to welcome the regeneration of nature with the coming spring. This combination of man and animal, brutal and fragile maintain a link with the afterlife. Inspired and researching the possibility of this topic I have transferred my notion in my art pieces.