BaGMIVI : Bridging the Gap between Museums and Individuals with Visual Impairments

Rakursi Art Gallery is a partner in the international project  BaGMIVI : Bridging the Gap between Museums and Individuals with Visual Impairments.

The project is based on the changed understanding of museums as places not only for collecting, preserving and exhibiting artworks, but as an audience-oriented spaces with broader educational and social role (Hooper-Greenhill, 2007). From this point of view, of great interest to museums becomes accessibility for disabled people.

Visually impaired people face numerous obstacles in their access to museums, so more and more museums and galleries operate to facilitate and attract them to their spaces and collections.

In this project gallery "Rakursi" cooperates with the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Faculty "Special Education" and the Bulgarian Association of Visually Impaired Children, as well as with other European universities, institutions and museums that are part of the project BaGMIVI from the program "Erasmus +" of the EU.

On the 19th of April 2016 Rakursi Art Gallery held the first exhibition “Touch the Treasure” for visually impaired students from the school of children with visual impairment “Louis Braille” in Sofia. It is a tactile exhibition of objects – selected replicas of Thracian ancient treasures. The show is adapted to the educational program and the interests of the students. At the exhibition the children can touch and examine the ritons, vases and plates and acquire information about the exhibited objects – their function, history, origin, etc. by the gallery staff.

The exhibition ends with an interactive game of locating of the different treasures on a map.

The second exhibition organized by Rakursi Art Gallery for visually impaired children took place on the 7th of June. The focus of the show was on the different movements of 20th century art. It presents sculptures created in various styles - expressionism, cubism, abstract art etc. and the gallery's art historians and artists got the students aquainted with the characteristics of the era and the particularities of the styles.

Part of the exhibition is the interactive project of Mariangela Anastasova, in which the vi students will create a painting that reflects how they feel about themselves, using different materials, fabrics and aromas.

Mariangela Anastassova made 2 artworks especially for that project:

  • HUG

They both use texture in abstract way.

Self-portrait is how Mariangela represents her inner self using different textures in a particular composition.

Hug is an interactive piece where Mariangela uses different textures in an oval, embracing composition, which leaves an empty space for the participants in the performance to place their own self-portrait. In this oval space offered to each of the participants, they were invited to represent their inner self, using symbolic textures reflecting qualities of their perception of themselves: delicate, smooth, rough, prickly, organized, ordered, rhythmic or chaotic, confused…


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