Current Exhibition

  • ICA-Sofia Gallery
    34, Vasil Levski Blvd Sofia, Bulgaria, CO 1504
    Exhibition at the ICA-Gallery
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    Marina Genova / Çağrı Saray

    Sep 15, 2021 - Nov 17, 2021
    Opening: Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, 6 pm
    Curator(s): Krassimir Terziev

Recent Exhibitions

Manifesta 14 Prishtina 2022

Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia is pleased to be a partner in the Manifesta 14 Western Balkans Project: Co-Producing Common Space and Shaping Formations of Solidarity in the Western Balkans and beyond, co-funded by the European Union.

As part of the evolving, multidimensional, across borders activities within the whole project, the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia will be organizing events both in Sofia and in Prishtina. Loosely described as “visual talks”, these will encompass theoretical, visual and critical “voices”, off and on-line contributions, panel discussions and exhibition displays by a multitude of contributors from the region and beyond.

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Vector

ICA-Sofia: Motives, Analyses, Critique

Vector. ICA-Sofia: Motives, Analyses, Critique is an online platform presenting the history, specifics and contemporary state of that part of Bulgarian contemporary art with which the Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia is connected. An interactive multimedia interface combines key texts, videos, publications that contributed to the development of the scene of contemporary art in Bulgaria and its relations on the global art map.

We see this digital platform as a bridge between the past and the present of the visual arts in Bulgaria; between the visibility of the scene in the world and the visibility of the art world here; between audiences and content creators; between different personal positions and the unifying context; between topics and media.

For the 25 years of existence of ICA-Sofia we have realized that there are solid accumulations of content published in and outside Bulgaria, built with the hope that the scene image gets improvement. It is time for this scattered content and reflection, which in principle (and not only as specific names) connects "here and there", some audiences with other producers and products, to "return" and start functioning in an intertextual narrative, with all its multi-layered themes, keywords, media, synchronous intuitions, chronological sequences and anachronistic connections.


Educational Programme Close Encounters. Part 2

Awards

  • BAZA 2021

    BAZA 2021

    The BAZA 2021 award winner is Marta Djourina

     

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  • BAZA 2020

    BAZA 2020

    The BAZA award winner for 2020 is Maria Nalbantova.

    Nominated artists: Boryana Petkova, Kalas Liebfried (Калоян Любомиров), Maria Nalbantova, Natalia Jordanova, Yavor Kostadinov.

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  • Art Writers Award for 2018

    Art Writers Award for 2018

    For the sixth time this year the Essential Reading for Art Writers Award, an initiative of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia, was presented.

    The 2018 award is presented to Stefka Tsaneva.

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  • BAZA 2019

    BAZA 2019

    The BAZA award winner for 2019 is Valko Chobanov.

    Nominated artists: Aleksander Aleksandrov, Maria Nalbantova, Milena Georgieva, Nevena Ekimova, Radostin Sedevchev, Sevda Semer, Valko Chobanov, Veneta Androva.

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Award for critics

The Essential Reading for Art Writers Award

The Essential Reading for Art Writers Award is an initiative of the Institute of Contemporary Art-Sofia. This annual award is conceived as a tool of encouragement for those who actively write about contemporary art; for those who through their activities push the development of critical thinking; for those upholding the sense of responsibility and ethics in the public debate thus contributing to the formation of art audiences, to the expansion of the understanding of art, to the reinforcement of its stand and position in the life of society. Within the art scene this award is meant to raise the symbolic status of writing on contemporary art. The material expression of the award is a book, which aims to emphasize the fact that access to professional literature on contemporary art is still a problem in Bulgaria.



For the sixth time this year the Essential Reading for Art Writers Award, an initiative of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia, was presented.

The 2018 award is presented to Stefka Tsaneva.


For the fifth time this year the Essential Reading for Art Writers Award, an initiative of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia, was presented. Former recipients of the award are Boryana Rossa (2007), Daniela Radeva (2008), the author of the internet blog 'Nothing Personal' (2009) and the editorial team (Petya Alexandrova, Nina Venova, Lyudmila Dimova) of LIK Magazine (2010).


The 2012 award is presented to Vladiya Mihaylova – art critic, theoretician and contemporary art curator.


For the fourth time this year the Essential Reading for Art Writers Award, an initiative of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia, was presented. Former recipients of the award are Boryana Rossa (2007), Daniela Radeva (2008), and the author of the internet blog 'Nothing Personal' (2009).

The 2010 award is presented to the Editorial Team (Petya Alexandrova, Nina Venova, Lyudmila Dimova) of LIK, the monthly publication for literature, art and culture of the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency in Sofia.


For 2009 the award is the book “Institutional Critique and After” (papers from the SoCCAS Symposia in 2005; Paperback Edition, JRP/Ringier 2006; Authors: Andrea Fraser, Isabelle Graw, Jens Hoffmann, Renee Green, Hans Haacke, Monica Bonvicini, Mike Kelley, John Searle, The Yes Men and John C. Welchman, Editor) and it is awarded to the author (or authors) of the Internet blog “Nothing Personal”.


The winner for 2008 is Daniela Radeva.


The winner for 2007 is Boryana Dragoeva-Rossa.

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