Untitled is an autobiographical piece, which communicates a desire to re-invent the idea of home, both as a tangible experience situated in the physicality of geography and as a dislocated presence/absence that inhabits the realm of the imaginary. Two parallel worlds (one of fast-paced, media-saturated dynamism and the other of seemingly reassuring permanence and simplicity) are represented through the two interweaving portraits of the artist and her grandmother. Shifting between modes of dissonance and synchronicity, their relationship grows to transcend the reductive binaries of culture, tradition, and individualism and affirms a deep spiritual connection of both cultural transmission and transformation.
Lazarina Todorova was born on September 18, 1977 in the town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Upon earning a full merit-based scholarship she left Bulgaria to attend Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. There she exhibited academic proficiency in Integrating three disciplines (dance, theater production and video) as part of her self-designed major. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in May of 2000. Currently she is pursuing a multi-disciplinary Master’s degree in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Todorova’s video and installation work aspires to articulate the complexity and ubiquitous relevance of issues of migration, mobility, assimilation, cultural identification and alienation, the re-discovery of “roots” and origins, the longing for belonging, the hybridity of the self. Her recent creative endeavors reflect a deeply personal engagement with the themes of transnational experience and displacement. re-member (completed in December, 2000) reveals vignettes of fragmented memories of childhood and historical association against the backdrop of a semi-organic, almost surreal landscape. Instance of Return (April, 2001) is an experimental documentary that traces an intimate journey of homecoming while offering a closer look at the political and socio-economic realities in Bulgaria, a country caught in a transition between a communist regime legacy and an uncertain future with hopes for democratization, globalization, and European integration.