The space that connects us

Goethe-Institut Bulgaria continues its programme 1+1: Art Scene Germany

Marta Djourina, Instalation

With its latest project, The Space Between Us, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria is turning one of its innovative initiatives into a tradition. In 2018 the institute's art gallery in Sofia launched the 1+1: Art Scene Germany programme, which aims to simultaneously present the latest that the German contemporary art scene has to offer and shine a light on the Bulgarian artists living in Germany.

In the forum's first edition, Bulgarian Vikenti Komitski introduced to the Bulgarian audience the German artist of Mexican descent Francisco Montoya Cazarez. Following the success of 2018, Goethe-Institut decided to make it an annual tradition to invite one Bulgarian artist to present a joint exhibition (as author or curator) with an artist from Germany within the framework of the programme.

On 5 March, as part of 1+1: Art Scene Germany, Goethe-Institut will unveil the project The Space Between Us, which is a collaboration between Bulgarian Marta Djourina and German Lisa Peters. The show of the two artists living and working in Berlin will be on display until the end of the month at the institute's gallery.

While Marta Djourina experiments with analogue photography, Lisa Peters specialises in video and sound art. Each of them has her own approach and esthetical sensibility; they are intrigued by different themes and problems. It is those differences between them that are the starting point for the current exhibition, in which they explore “the space between us” and the intersections of their artistic practices.

Shared themes, albeit expressed in unique ways in the two artists' works, are departure, movement and absence. Alongside pieces created over the past few years, the artists are presenting two of their latest ones.

Lisa Peters (born in 1989 in Leonberg) lives and works in Berlin. She studied art and media studies at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK Braunschweig) and the Berlin University of the Arts (Universitat der Kunste Berlin), in the class of Christiane Mobus and Ina Weber. In 2012-2013 she specialised in the Parsons School for Design. Since 2016, she has been a master-class student (Meisterschuler) of Ina Weber. In 2017 she received a Berlin University of the Arts award for student excellence, and in 2012 she won the Ursula Hanke-Forster Foundation's award.

Marta Djourina (born in 1991 in Sofia) has studied in three Berlin universities since 2009. She started her higher-education path at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where she read art history; then moved on to art science and technology at the Technical University of Berlin (Technische Universitat Berlin); and since 2012 she has been studying fine arts under the professors Pia Fries, Gregory Cumins and Christine Streuli at the Berlin University of the Arts. Marta Djourina has received numerous international awards for photography. Her works have been shown in Greece, Scotland, Austria and Norway.

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