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

25 years and 5 themes later
. ICA–Sofia Retrospective

Sep 29, 2020 Nov 29, 2020
Opening: Tuesday, September 29, 5 - 8 PM
Dan Perjovchi, part of his exhibition "International Artist", 2012, ICA-Sofia Gallery courtesy the artist

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The Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia is honouring its 25th anniversary with an exhibition presenting old and new works, as well as works made especially by its members Ivan Moudov, Kalin Serapionov, Kiril Prashkov, Krassimir Terziev, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Mariela Gemisheva, Nedko Solakov, Pravdoliub Ivanov, and Stefan Nikolaev.


ICA – Sofia is one of the longest existing and active non-governmental organizations engaged with visual arts in Bulgaria. Its history is closely linked to the development of our art-scene in the last decades, its self-education, opening up and positioning in the world, with some of its most visible manifestations in both the local and the international context. The institute was founded informally in 1993 after the first in many years group “national” participation curated by Luchezar Boyadjiev in the 3rd Istanbul Biennial “The Production of Cultural Differences”, 1992. The association of art critics/curators and artists was registered in 1995.


During the years it has often been noted that in comparison to the many similar, self-organized groups after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the specific of ICA – Sofia is in keeping the balance between the individual creative interests and the sustaining group atmosphere of trust.


The anniversary project titled “25 years and 5 themes later” underwent numerous changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it reconfirmed the definition given 20 years ago by the famous Russian curator Victor Misiano: “The confidential community – is a direct reaction to the mad dynamics of social transformations. Its efficiency in such a situation lies in that this is the only type of a social institute, in which time is not determined by external circumstances: it is determined by the participants themselves.”


Twenty five years is a long enough history for a small association which is surviving almost entirely on self-financing; which has been through various dynamics and periods of optimism and disappointment; which has reformulated its goals and strategies in order to redefine the reasons for its existence while staying true to the basic principles followed in this exhibition as well. Among these are the democratization of the form and language of visual art; building up the relationship between art and public space, which is feeding the self-actualization of artistic languages; the necessary renewal of the theoretical and practical basis of professional education; the absolute belief in the meaning and power of the individual creative act as well as the understanding that contemporary art is the cultural heritage of the future.

This project is realized with the support of the Program “Culture” of the Sofia Municipality.


Media

Audio guide to the exhibition

production: Martina Yordanova, Kalin Serapionov

Artists / Works

MUSIZ

Ivan Moudov

MUSIZ

Fragments (box #3)

Ivan Moudov

Fragments (box #3)


Unrendered

Kalin Serapionov


Unrendered


In Addition

Kalin Serapionov


In Addition

Democracy…

Kiril Prashkov


Democracy…

Sky

Kiril Prashkov

Sky

Untitled (Moon Paradise)

Krassimir Terziev

Untitled (Moon Paradise)

Library Paranoia

Krassimir Terziev

Library Paranoia

Astrologic

Luchezar Boyadjiev


Astrologic


Change of Guard

Luchezar Boyadjiev


Change of Guard


Hello, Girls!

Mariela Gemisheva


Hello, Girls!


Illusions

Nedko Solakov


Illusions


Doodles 2

Nedko Solakov


Doodles 2

Double Ornament

Pravdoliub Ivanov

Double Ornament

Monument to Monument

Stefan Nikolaev

Monument to Monument

Collateral Programme

InSitu-Institute

Aksiniya Peycheva, Sophia Grancharova, Maria Nalbantova, Martin Penev, and Radostin Sedevchev

Nov 3, 2020 - Nov 29, 2020

The project InSitu-Institute transforms the space of the Institute for Contemporary Art - Sofia into an interaction field for communication between the artists: Aksiniya Peycheva, Sophia Grancharova, Maria Nalbantova, Martin Penev, and Radostin Sedevchev.

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Statements by former members of ICA-Sofia

The last 25 Years: video archives


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