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Nia  Pushkarova

E-mail : niapush@yahoo.com

https://www.facebook.com/nia.pushkarova

Director of NGO-IME:
http://watertowerartfest.com/
http://manifest.watertowerartfest.com/
https://www.facebook.com/watertowerartfest
Member of the Board of Directors of Bulgarian Festival Association http://www.bfa.bg/ from 2012
EFFE award of European Festival Label year 2015-16
EDUCATION:
1991-1995 МА, BA in Fine arts, Reading University, UK, http://www.reading.ac.uk/
1985-1989 Trojan Collage of Arts, specialising ceramics
QUALIFICATIONS:
BA Honors in Fine Arts
ICCM, Salzburg, Austria – art management diploma
Teaching qualification in Fine Arts and Ceramics
English Teaching Qualification from ”Britanica”, Sofia
AWARDS AND GRANTS:
Kodak Award 1995, UK

EXHIBITIONS AND PARTICIPATIONS:

Profile

 

Visual artist (painting, video installation, photography, art lecturing, performance). Chairwoman of NGO-IME since 2004. Founder, curator and organiser of Water Tower Art Fest (EFFE award of European Festival Label year 2015-16) http://watertowerartfest.com/ 2006-2019. Member of the Board of Directors of Bulgarian Festival Association since 2015.

 

Awards, Exhibitions, Publications, Lectures, Workshops, Projects, Residencies etc.

 

2020 – Participation at Partout performance festival Basel, Switzerland organized by Panch

2020 – Organizer of WTAR #4 artist residency C(r)eative mode

2019 – Participating at IMAF multimedia performance festival Novi Sad, Serbia

2019 — Organizing Water tower art residency #3

2019 – Solo exhibition at Gallery Serdika –“Summer”2019, photo and pastel portrait drawings

2019 – Participation at Week of contemporary arts in Plovdiv 2019 -installation

2019 – Participation at “White Rabbit fest” Sofia – performance

2019 – Organizing AIM meetings Plovdiv 2019 part of EU Capital of Culture program

2019 – Participation at Biennale Internazionale Donna Trieste, Italy

2019 – Participation in group ER collective performance “In search of G-spot” at Sofia Underground

2019 – Artists at Residency at Ne-Na arts space, Chiang Mai, Thailand

2019 – Performance participation at Low Fat Art Fest, Bangkok, Thailand

2018 – Solo show “Art with working hours” dedicated to women raised in socialism at Gallery Geshov, Sofia

2018 – A juror of 21st International show at “Woman made gallery”, Chicago

2018 – Curator of Water tower art residency – Social development through creative practice

2017 – Participation at Bulgarian Pavilion “Distant Relatives” at Nakanojo Biennale 2017, Japan – video performance, curation

2017 – Organizing Water tower art residency 2017 – participation with performance – “Predisposition limited by circumstance” at old train Depot Poduene

2017 – Participation at “Art Now Live tour” 2017 – Athens and Venice- performance “Bulgarian Pavilion” at Venice biennale

2016 – Participation at EFFE Festival academy, Atelier for young festival managers, Chiang Mai

2016 – Participation at PARABIOSIS 3, “Communication and co-existence”, Chongqing, China

2016 – Participation at Mexico, Coahuila “RAYA EN EL AGUA” photo installation

2016 –  ECVP vol 5 – Crisis & Utopia – participation at video project

2016 – Participating at Art Walk Kimolos, Greece

2016 – Wroclaw – Aim meeting participation exhibition

2016 – “Cool is the rule- reinvent oneself” – Schillerpalais, Berlin, Germany, collaborative project with Cathrine Constanse Gjelsnes/Norway

2015 – Solo exhibition at Gallery Arosita, Sofia

2015 – Participation at Nakanojo Biennale, Japan

2015 – Mallorca, Spain exhibition at Casal de Cultura Can Gelabert of Binissalem, photo and paintings “13:15 Laxenberg”

2015 – Participation at Setup Art Fair, Bologna – “Arte Contemporanea” presented by gallery Rieti

2014 – Participation at Lichtenberg Studios Berlin artist residency

2013 – October – organizer and artist participant at show in London UK, Bulgarian cultural center and Standpoint gallery – “The Bulgarians are coming” WTAF in UK

2013 – Participation at Façade fest Plovdiv https://www.facebook.com/events/1411907552356886/

2013 – Participation at Larroque art fest, http://emacl.wordpress.com/tag/larroque-arts-festival/

France – video installation: “The expulsion of Adam and Eve”

2013 – April “Trans local meeting” Palma de Mallorca, Spain – presentation of activities at Miro Foundation and exhibition at Casal de Cultura Can Gelabert of Binissalem

2013 – Workshop and presentation of activities and art work at Ostrava school of Art, Czech Republic

2013 – March – “Hospital for lovers” – installation – participation at Gallery Raiko Alexiev, Sofia, curator Dimitur Grozdanov

2013 – Participation at Haifa, Israel – festival “Lower Haifa, Upper Haifa” with video installation

2012 – Participation at Belgrade art fair as artist and organizer of Water tower art fest

2012 – August “Feminine expression” – group exhibition at SAMCA Museum of Contemporary art Sofia – oil paintings and video installation

2012 – August – Participation at plain air Tryavna – “Art Symposium Forma” with exhibition at gallery “Fund -13 century Bulgaria”

2011 – Participation with video installation at Drap Art Barcelona FAD, and presenting the Water tower art fest as a curator

2011 – May, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Incart festival of contemporary art – participation with video installation “Door”

2011 – March, April, City Gallery Lovech and Vidin exhibition “Man and Woman” – paintings together with Cristian Rieloff

2011- February, Supermarket art fair 2011 – participation with Cristian Rieloff in the installation “The Application”, and presenting Water tower art fest

2010 – Gallery IME, Sofia– exhibition “Man and Woman” – paintings together with Cristian Rieloff

2010 – April – “Art locomotion” – exhibition participation at Museum of Boris Hristov, Sofia, oil paintings

2010 – March – Artist residency at “Art in motion” residency, Coomba, Australia, supported by National Fund of Culture – mobility fund

2010 – February – attending “Supermarket 2010 meetings” – Stockholm, Sweden, granted a travel grant from “Step Beyond”, presenting Water tower project

2010- January – ID: I “Friends”– Exhibit in Stockholm – participation with video installation

2009 – Solo exhibition – oil paintings and drawings at Restaurant “The Clock” – Sofia

2009 – 1st Istanbul meeting, part of the Istanbul Biennale 2009 – presenting artistic initiatives

2009 – “Nomad village” Pavlikeni – participation with photo–developing life performance

2008- “Urban Guardian Angels”- Water tower, street fest– video installations and a citizen initiative with Municipality of Lozenetz Sofia – organizer from behalf of NGO IME

2007- “Nia: Feral”- Life Performance at Reading University, UK –- video and life performance

2007 – “Melting the ice” – performance – project in Haparanda, Sweden,“Step Beyond” mobility grant.

2007 – Project “Clean” Poduene, a citizen initiative and partners: “Private clinic Kantchelov”; artmospheric.org, “Kino “Haide” group, grant of Municipality of Sofia to NGO –IME

2006 – “Longing for love” – exhibition by Nia Pushkarova and Yan Pushkarov- oil paintings, photography and music, part of a project “Base Dating”, with partners “Astro – prism” from Newcastle, UK, Pro–Helvetia grant.

2005- August- Participation at ICCM, Salzburg, Austria – Culture management course & degree

2005- July – Participation at Prague International Contemporary Art Biennale-IBCC with photo project “Pentimento”, with curator Vessela Radoeva

2004 – Participation at “ABC” –cultural management course project- Borovetz – exhibition SGHG-Sofia December 2004

2003 – Poland “Galeria Wschodnia”, Lodz, “Pentimento”- photo installation

2003 – Solo show at “Beyond the Alley on the Attic” Project- “Pentimento” – photography and oil paintings, sponsored by- Billboard print and HP Sofia

2002 – Solo-exhibition, London, UK, “Gallery Sophia”, oil paintings and photography.

2001-  Solo exhibition- oil paintings at Sheraton Hotel, Sofia.

1999 – One woman show at the “XXL” Gallery, Sofia, Photographs and oil paintings.

1999 – 23 April – Vision, slide projection, photo-billboards (2x3m) and projection of computer generated images

1998 – Vision (VJ) – slide projection at the concert of “Band of Mad Women”, Sofia.

1997 – participation at art-plainer Trojan, Life-Art performance.

1997 – Photo – exhibition at Jazz Club” St. George”, Sofia dedicated after Student protests February’97.

1997 – Debut exhibition “New Names” site specific installation, Museum of Modern Art, Sofia

1995 – Degree show, Reading University, UK- video and photo installation.

1994 – Non-degree show at Reading University, UK, oil paintings.

1994 – “Art in Reading” – installation with slides and paintings

1988 – “10x10x10”, Exhibition organised by Art in Action, Sofia University.