The Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia presents

“Video Europe for all” – a display of diversity in public space

Opening - 23. 04. 2018, Monday, 17:00 - 00:00
image: Aneta Mona-Chsa & Lucia Tkachova, Try again. Fail again. Fail better. video, 2011, 7 min. 57 sec.

The project “Video Europe for all” benefits art in the Sofia underpass. It presents a series of projections of video art works of leading artists who were born and/or live in various European countries. In the underpass in front of the “Tsarevets” building on Eagle’s Bridge in Sofia, in a specially arranged space surprises and challenges, beauty and thought, politics and romantics are awaiting you; a different and controversial Europe is there to be seen – rich in stories, cultures, individuals, opinions…

As a result of school4artists programme of activities, the article "In Defence of the Poor Image" by Hito Steyerl, which was part of our curiculum was translated in Bulgarian and published in Kultura newspaper, 27, 14.07.2017.

The article can be read here:

A final report and a review on the exhibition "Close Encounters" was published in Kultura newspaper, 43, December 15, 2017 (Култура - Брой 43 (2923), 15 декември 2017).

Here is a link to the article:

And here to the PDF of the entire issue:

Public presentation by Julieta Aranda in the frames of "Close Encounters" School4artists

5 November at 17:00–19:00

The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate - Sofia

15. Lyuben Karavelov Str., 1142 Sofia, Bulgaria



On October 17th the participants of school4artists visited the solo show by one of the school participants - Radostin Sedevchev, who made a guided tour for the group, followed by discussion on his approach and method of work.

On June 24th Krassimir Terziev gave a presentation on his work, approaches, media and practice.

On Oct 1st and 2nd the participants of school4artists met with Anna Jermolaewa at the ICA-Gallery, discussing their current projects and their portfolios in intense one to one sessions

On November 17th and 18th the participants of school4artists met with Miran Mohar at the ICA-Gallery, discussing their exhibition projects and their portfolios in intense one to one sessions.

ICA-Sofia presents

NSK State in Time. Public Presentation by Miran Mohar

18 November at 17:00–19:00
The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate - Sofia
15. Lyuben Karavelov Str., 1142 Sofia, Bulgaria

Miran Mohair is an integral part of one of the most renowned East European artistic groups - IRWIN, for which politics, in particular the concept of the state, is one of the main themes.
The group was founded in 1983 and is part of the art conglomerate "Neue Slowenische Kunst (New Slovenian Art)". It also includes the experimental theater "Scipion Nasice Sisters" and the famous "Laibach" music band, as well as Slovenian and international philosophers, designers, architects.
IRWIN Group consists of 5 artists - Andrei Savsky, Borut Vogelnik, Dusan Mandic, Miran Mohar and Roman Uraniek, but one author. At the heart of this author's work are several principles, the first of which is collectivism - the common artistic body that reflects modern public attitudes and "melts" the outdated pretense of the individual author. On the question what was the definition of the form of the group, the artists responded that it is exactly five people fitting in a car and easily traveling around for the realization of their projects.
The other principle is formulated as the concept of the "retro-avant-garde", paradoxically confronting the tradition and innovative experiments intertwined in the history of the XX century. According to IRWIN and according to Slavoj Zhizek's definition, "hyper-identification" with history can only allow art, to derive from it the endless benefits without "sticking" to ideologies.
In 2002, IRWIN published "East Art Map. (Re) Construction of the History of Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe from 1945 to 2000 "- a research and reference folio containing texts written by the invited representatives of different countries and a map of the interrelationships between individuals and the events in this art. "East Art Map" as an art project was presented within the framework of the Night of the Museums and Galleries of the Open Arts Foundation and curator Yara Boubnova in Plovdiv in 2011. . Miran Mohar then visited Bulgaria for the first time, but not Sofia.
In this year's 57 Venice Biennale, IRWIN presented one of the most interesting pavilions - the supranational "NSK State", which is realized through the temporary "NSK Embassies" and NSK Guards "During various artistic projects, and through the issuing of prestigious passports in the world arts environments. Many of the holders of such passports, including refugees and illegal immigrants in Europe, participated in the NSK State People's Congress in 2013. This futuristic project began in 1993 with the break-up of Yugoslavia in response to the return of ideas of the national state and the many issues related to the notions of territories, history, ethnicity, culture.
In 2010, with the active participation of IRWIN in Ljubljana, an International Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) was created.
Miran Mohar as representative of IRWIN and Ambassador of "NSK State in Time" comes to Sofia at the invitation of the School4artists Educational Project of the Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia for individual meetings with his participants and for the presentation of the practices and strategies of IRWIN.

The exhibition presents new works by Aksiniya Peicheva, Denica Milusheva, Ina Valentinova, Martin Penev, Miglena Yoncheva-Nikolova, Radoslav Ninov, Radostin Sedevchev, Sophia Grancharova and Stefan Ivanov. It is the final stage of the project for continuous education for young artists initiated by the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia in the beginning of 2017. In a way this exhibition is engaging with the notion of “young artist” in Bulgaria today. In spite of the fact that the artists are members of the same generation, each one of them has own artistic principles, strategies and personal preferences that they work with and use in order to integrate themselves within the global contemporary art scene of today.

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