Barcelona, Spain
Dessislava, 34
Visual Artist
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a bit about Dessislava

What do you do and why do you do it?

I work as an Art Director of Ocaña Barcelona. Telling stories using difference shapes and languages. I'm used to travel whenever I can because there I find the inspiration which I bring to Barcelona so I can create. I'm a visual artist and lover of culture. The sea side gives me energy and freshness, I really need water, like a vital element. I'm also used to traveling from darkness to light, climbing and going down - journeys make my internal world rich with images, sensations and feelings.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

In my opinion working is a positive activity. The important thing is to dream big and have a vital objective. If you are going through your track in a honest way each job that can bring you there is respectable. I detest the lazy people.

Were you born and raised in Barcelona? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Barcelona?

I was born in 1985 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Grew up in a family of cinema maker and TV producer. Came to Barcelona after a lot of experience in TV and one finished bachelor. Here I started my second bachelor, Fine Arts in UB. My free spirit brought me here. Bulgaria is a difficult country to live in. The transition between the communism and a salvage capitalism made a deep injury in the mentality of the bulgarians and their way to live.

What’s your current hood in Barcelona and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in Raval. Love this neighbourhood, It is really inspiring. It is a place you can hate or love. Sometimes both feelings in the same moment. I like the movement there, all they young creative people. I don´t like the dirtiness and the drunk people at 9 at the morning.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I like jazz, contemporary experimental music, Nick Cave, classical music. Everything depends on my mood. As well after watching a good movie love to listen the soundtracks. Detest a bad music, "reguetón" for example or commercial disco music you can hear in Bershka / it is kind of expression, I never enter there/ .

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Chavela Vargas, Los Panchos, María Dolores Pradera...

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

I've been working in television for 7 years and now a days I have no television at home. And I don´t watch TV. Left all this feelings to Warhol and his Factory.

Name some spots in Barcelona that are good for a Tinder date.

I don't have a Tinder account. I´m one of the last romantics. The love, the passion for me starts from the eyes, smells, not from the display.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

No one.

Who’s your hero and where in Barcelona would you take them out for a serious hang?

Ups, so difficult to can only name one. May be Nick Cave. If I could hang with him only would like to get lost.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I'm a shopping greyhound. Can smell all those interesting pieces from miles away. Markets, vintage shops, all over the world.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I make all the things I love to do.

Where do you go in Barcelona for a casual night out?

In Ocaña.

Where would you go in Barcelona to celebrate some freaking good news?

To a good restaurant. Can be Xemei to Colombo´s twins.

What’s your choice of transportation in Barcelona and why?

Walking, bicycle and subway. I´m scared of driving having a driving licence. One day would love to have a personal driver.

What are the Barcelona spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Walking by the streets of Ciutat Vella. The beach area of Badalona. Ocaña. Mercat de les flors / Montjuic. Xemei Restaurant.

What are the Barcelona spots tourists should run from screaming?

Flamenco on the Ramblas. All the open air table of Ramblas and their paellas. Rickshaw Tours. Museo de la Cera.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Barcelona. How do you spend it?

On the hedonistic way: drinking champagne with friends at the no busy beach and laughing and swimming a lot.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I really enjoy travelling. Can't choose only one place. But one of the places I really love is Hong Kong.

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