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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.


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

  • ICA-Sofia Gallery
    34, Vasil Levski Blvd Sofia, Bulgaria, CO 1504

    Models of collaborative, transcultural and transdisciplinary forms of curating

    Hans D. Christ and Iris Dressler

    Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019
    Opening: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • ICA-Sofia Gallery
    34, Vasil Levski Blvd Sofia, Bulgaria, CO 1504

    Presentation of ruangrupa, collective-curator of documenta 15

    Reza Afisina and Iswanto Hartono

    Nov 8, 2019
    Opening: 6 pm
  • ICA-Sofia Gallery
    34, Vasil Levski Blvd Sofia, Bulgaria, CO 1504

    Memoir, memory, life, nature, freedom

    Merve Elveren

    Oct 9, 2019
    Opening: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • ICA-Sofia Gallery
    34, Vasil Levski Blvd Sofia, Bulgaria, CO 1504

    THE LIVING TOGETHER AND ITS ENTAGLEMENTS

    Marina Fokidis

    Oct 5, 2019
    Opening: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
  • 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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  • ICA-Sofia Gallery
    34, Vasil Levski Blvd Sofia, Bulgaria, CO 1504

    Manifesta 14 Prishtina 2022

    ICA-Sofia


    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.


    The range of topics and concerns:

    - Metaphysics of the communist past vs. the critiques of transition;

    - Dynamics of the “eternal” and the “urgent”;

    - The grandeur of the fake vs. the misery of the real;

    - Citizens vs. people / the sovereign vs. the electorate;

    - Community action and organization vs. institutional framework and action;   

    - The dreams and the hopes of marginal communities within the historical narratives of the Balkans.

    The International Foundation Manifesta, the initiator of Europe’s only nomadic cultural biennial and initiator of the Manifesta 14 Western Balkans Project, is collaborating with the City of Prishtina, Kosovo to develop Manifesta 14 Prishtina which will open its doors from the 22nd of July to the 30th of October 2022.

    Organised for the occasion of the biennial, the International Foundation Manifesta has set up the Manifesta 14 Western Balkans Project which aims to enlarge the outreach and duration of the European Nomadic Biennial by developing a cross-regional collaborative platform including a vast array of cultural and civic activities across the region. An integral objective of the project is to open up the Western Balkan to create a project that breaks the confines of isolated cultural infrastructures and networks.

    Linking architecture, urban planning, human rights, arts and culture, the Manifesta 14 Western Balkans Project proposes a plethora of diverse activities in 2021 and 2022 ranging from in-depth cultural research, expert talks and conferences to exhibitions and events across the region.

    The partner network of the Manifesta Western Balkans Project promotes a politics of care between different communities in the Western Balkans and aims to stimulate broader cross-border network structures, where knowledge production and local expertise can thrive.

    The activities in the development process will be the result of close collaborations between the International Foundation Manifesta, The Netherlands and nine partners from the Western Balkans: Post-Conflict Research Center Sarajevo (PCRC); RRITU (Termokiss) Prishtina; Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) Skopje; Quendra Harabel Tirana; APSS Institute Podgorica; NGO Aktiv Kosovo; Meydan D.O.O. (Hestia) Belgrade; Kosovo Architecture Foundation (KAF); Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Sofia; European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) Berlin.

    The Manifesta 14 Western Balkans Project has been awarded a Creative Europe Western Balkans grant by the European Union.

    Manifesta Biennial 

    ICA-Sofia

     

    More information on the project and activities will follow.

    See: 

    https://coopwb.cultureinexternalrelations.eu/project/manifesta-14-prishtina/?fbclid=IwAR0naLUxFmyWoOHsCUOwfzVlZYrCxXYTkomPLMzEVUUazJ6F4bq-rODhJEc

    https://manifesta14.org/manifesta-14-western-balkan-project/

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