I had the opportunity to visit the capital of Bulgaria for a few days in early May to experience the 2011 Sofia Paper Art Biennial, where I am exhibiting a paper sculpture at the Sofia National Gallery for Foreign Art. If you are an attentive reader of my blog, you may already know that there were some transportation confusions, but let’s not dwell on the past. The sculpture and the exhibition finally had its vernissage this Saturday, May 21, and sources say that The National Gallery had a staggering 6000 visitors on that day alone!
I did not get to see my sculpture installed unfortunately, but I saw some of the other exhibitions in connection with the Biennial (see slideshow below).
Daniela Todorova and Todor Todorov, the organizers of the event, were great guides and taught me that Bulgaria is famous for three things: Golden Treasures, Rose Oil and Yoghurt. In fact, the bacteria that transforms milk into yoghurt is named “Lactobacillus Bulgaricus“, which reminds me of an encounter with a local taxi-driver who claimed to work for the Bulgarian secret service and who thought it would me impress me enough to marry him. Chaperoning might be a thing of the past, but it felt very comforting to have my mother there with me.