DA FEST 9 | 24 - 28 October 2023, Sofia


Curatorial Statement:

"Antibiosis: The Art of Struggle and Survival" is the theme of the 9th edition of DA Fest. Through the idea of antibiotic interaction we look at the deep and often intense relationship between forces in the natural world through the prism of contemporary art. Just as micro-organisms battle for supremacy in their microscopic realms, the artists in the festival programme delve into the subtleties of conflict, contrast and competition in human experience and the environment.

Antibiosis, a biological phenomenon in which one organism produces substances that inhibit the growth of another, serves as a guiding metaphor. Through a variety of digital artworks, we invite you to consider the parallels between the struggles for existence of the microbial world and the multifaceted challenges facing humanity.

As you navigate the festival program, consider how the concept of antibiosis transcends its biological roots and finds resonance in the human condition. We invite you to consider the ways in which individuals and societies struggle with opposing forces, adapt to challenges, and ultimately find pathways to resilience and growth.

"Antibiosis: The Art of Struggle and Survival" is a testament to the power of art to illuminate the hidden struggles and triumphs of existence, reminding us that the dance of conflict and collaboration is a universal and timeless phenomenon.