Lake Louise Scene

In 2011, Velkova participated in a Banff artist residency titled The Soiree Retreat – A bit of a Chekhovian situation, led by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. The Soiree Retreat unpacked Situationist ideologies, focusing on performance and spectacles imbued with romanticism, melodrama and irony. During her participation in the Banff residency, she produced the two photographic works, Landscape with a Horse at Bow River, and Lake Louise Scene. The Disneyfied character Velkova portrays in the photographs transcends any particular identity, and similar to the Situationists’ ideologies, her images blur the line of ‘having’ versus ‘appearing to have.’