The “Globally and on a Long-term Basis the Situation is Positive” Project comprises a series of short videos shot in 2007/08 on the streets of Sofia, as well as a series of digital prints on canvas („motifs”) featuring static images from the said videos.
As a result of its EU accession on January 1, 2007, Bulgaria was granted a full member status. Hence the opportunity to participate in all these „special”, „regional”, „innovative”, „cross-border”, „multicultural” projects aimed at the implementation of “EU norms” and also allowing us to take advantage of a „wide range of opportunities” offered by the EU.
Our capital, already a „European” one, experienced a construction boom in its efforts to meet „progress indicators”. Buildings of glass and concrete were erected in neglected small city parks and children’s playgrounds, filling the spaces between apartment buildings.
Even our short, narrow, pot-holed street with hardly any pavement was not missed out in the rush to fill empty spaces between apartment buildings, prompted by the desire to make it more “European-like”. There came entrepreneurial investors, bringing equipment and people of all sorts. Intensive construction work started. Construction equipment roared in the neighborhood. Concrete and iron replaced the green grass. In the midst of thunder, mud and clouds of dust enthusiastic people and machines do their daily bit to build our European future.
Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova