Sep 18 - Dec 4, 2015
curated by Leah Taylor
Biliana Velkova's interdisciplinary practice has been shaped by her investigations into the manifestations of cultural othering. Fake plastic trees purposes Velkova’s observations on the branding and commodification of nature. She glamourizes, exploits and complicates this notion of the natural world, directly referencing the tourist tropes found throughout the Saskatchewan prairies and Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Velkova lived under the Communist regime, immigrating to Canada in 1990 with her family, at the age of fifteen. A lack of access to consumer products during her formative years fuelled Velkova to interrogate issues of capitalism, branding, appropriation and feminization. Her memories of communism have deeply impacted the way in which she perceives the ‘West,’ shaping how she locates herself as a Bulgarian Canadian. With fake plastic trees Velkova critically examines social and political issues, yet her images are romanitc, convivial, and often humorous.