Visual representations of the Balkans

Visual representations of the Balkans and the Balkanness in the contemporary Bulgarian Public Space

For the theoreticians applicants:

The project should be targeted at providing answers to such questions as: “What images, strategies and emblems are representing the “Balkanness” and the “Balkans” in the Bulgarian public space?”; Is there a visual stereotype for the representation of the Balkans?”; “How do the Balkan and the Bulgarian representations correlate?”, “How do the visual representations of the Balkans and the visual representations of other non-Bulgarian countries, nations, cultures, cultural spaces correlate (the American, the European, the exotic, etc.)?”; “To what extent is the image of the Balkans a monolithic one and to what extent it is disintegrating in the images of the various Balkan countries? Are there visual stereotypes for each one of them?”; “How do the visual, verbal, musical and other stereotypes correlate to each other?”; “Is there a recognizable “Balkan” visual stereotype?”; etc.

For the artists applicants:
The visual artists who are applying for this program should be able to submit and realize a project that is in direct relation to the thematic orientation and is presenting an original input into the work of the Visual Seminar. A mandatory characteristic of the applicants’ projects is the balance between the individual profiles of the vision and its objective link to narratives, reality features and spaces of the Sofia urban environment and its constantly changing interface. Another line for evaluating the applicants’ project is the balance between the analytical and the inventive visuality. The search for and the demonstration of possible parallels with the visual environment of other large cities in the country or in the Balkan region will be encouraged. The realized project (which must have a clear vision accompanied with a working schedule) should be marked by a powerful and original impact on the contemporary urban visual environment. There are no strictly determined media or material for the realization of the visual and the theoretical projects.


  • ICA-Gallery

    134, Vasil Levski Blvd. (entrance from Ekzarh Yosif St.) Sofia 1504, Bulgaria

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    Apolonia resort, Chernomorets 8142

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