Boryana Rossa & Oleg Mavromatti: "The Vitruvian Body" (2009). Video: Anne Quirynen; Photograph: Jan Stradtmann
Boryana Rossa
Vitruvian Body

Boryana Rossa (*1972, Bulgaria) is an interdisciplinary artist who works in the fields of performance and visual arts. In 2004, Rossa and the Russian artist Oleg Mavromatti established Ultrafuturo, an international group of artists engaging with issues of technology and science and their social, political and ethical implications. Together with activist/philosopher Stanimir Panayotov, she has been the co-director of the Sofia Queer Forum since 2012. Rossa is associate professor for video art at Syracuse University.

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Performance by Boryana Rossa (BG) and Oleg Mavromatti (RUS)

This performance is a reflection to the famous Vitruvian Man – an attempt of the ancient architect Vitruvius to understand the relationship between the "ideal" human proportions and the universal harmony and according to some "the relationship between the material and the spiritual." The performance is a metaphorical action that roots from other works I made and reflects the eternal human desire to create "the ideal" body. Historically body perfection is a controvercial concept, which development can be currently observed in biotechnology. Perfection requirements are painful to bodies that "fail to fit."

Video Documentation

Document media
Performance, 31:25 min

Issue date

To be seen in
re.act.feminism - performance art of the 1960s and 70s today, Conference and Live Performances, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 24.1.2009 / 8pm