200% Pure Language

A performance with Katya Damyanova, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2009


200% Pure Language is a performance I am doing on the 24th of may (the Bulgarian National Holiday of Education) in an area behind the Bulgarian National Library.
It consists of me gluing together the pages of a Bulgarian dictionary of foreign words while Katya interviews people passing by. She asks them questions about the purity of bulgarian language. Clothed in a hazardous materials suit I render the dictionary unusable without physically harming or destroying it.


It is an act of mockery at the paranoia of purism, for we as communicative agents use language to describe our world. A view of language as a static entity therefore renders it useless for it`s purpose.



installation view: BAZA Award Exhibition, Sofia City Art Gallery, 2010

installation view: BAZA Award Exhibition, Sofia City Art Gallery, 2010