In the Urban Insects series Yasena Popova seeks the hidden meaning of the objects existing in our urban environment. She photographs them from an unusual point of view: asphalt perspective. The objects are vehicles photographed in car repair shops and on construction sites. In order to shoot the bigger ones, the author lifts them to the appropriate height and for this purpose she uses construction cranes. When viewed from below, the machines resemble huge insects. The complex tangle of powertrains looks like the organs of a living creature.
Yasena Popova was born in Svishtov, Bulgaria, in 1981. She graduated in Architecture from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, in 2006 and Art of Photography from New Bulgarian University in 2013. She has been part of the Master class taught by Ivaylo Stoyanov since 2013. She was nominated for the Essl Art Award (2011). In 2015 she won the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for contemporary art and for the participation in International Gyeonggi Ansan Art Fair, South Korea. Her photographs are property of the collections of the Sofia City Art Gallery and private collections. She works and lives in Sofia.