After a bachelor’s degree in Porcelain and Glass (2010) and a master’s degree in Photography (2012) at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Leda Vaneva graduated New Media (2018) at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland.


She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Bulgaria, Finland, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, South Korea. Some of her solo exhibitions include Thin White Lines, Lapinlahti Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (2018), Center Shift, Vaska Emanuilova Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria (2015); The More, The More, The Fridge, Sofia (2014), and among her group appearances are Finale, Structure Gallery, Sofia (2019), Shifting Layers,Sofia City Art Gallery, (2017), Project Lantern Park, LUX festival, Helsinki, Finland (2016), Anonymous Drawings, selection Berlin and Eindhoven (2013).


Nominated twice for BAZA Award for Contemporary Art (2014 and 2017). She has won the following awards: George Papazov Video Art Award (2016), Essl Art Award CEE (2013), Young Writers Contest for Societe Generale Expressbank (2010).




The video Complementarityand the photographic series Blackoutsare, at first glance, two completely separate works.


Complementaritypoints to the idea of the duality inherent in the world and the inability of certain pairs of qualities of objects to be seen simultaneously (principle of quantum mechanics). This implies an uncertainty about the perception of physical reality.


Blackouts, on the other hand, is a collection of accidentally captured and later discovered footage of the author's phone, depicting proximity through the lack of clear lines. The photographs are completely independent phenomena beyond control.


This is also the point of contact between the two works – letting go of control over the situation and accepting a certain degree of chaos (or higher order), in which there is even undoubted beauty.