• Images from Ground Zero

      Images from Ground Zero

      After September 11: Images from Ground Zero documents the devastation and reconstruction of the World Trade Center in the aftermath of 11 September 2001. This extraordinary archive of pictures is the only existing photographic record of the attacks. Fenced off and classified as a crime scene, the area was closed to all photographers, and only scant information was available about the activities in the guarded enclosure that became known as the “forbidden city”. What happened at Ground Zero in the months after 9/11 remained a closely guarded secret, yet one photographer documented everything.

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    • Recipe for unusual exhibition

      Recipe for unusual exhibition

      You want to do an unusual exhibition? Goethe Institute in Sofia has an easy recipe for you: take a Bulgarian artist living in Berlin and a German artist living in Sofia, let them create installations and video art together and voila. With the Win/Lose exhibition, Goethe Institut continues its 1+1: Art Scene Germany series, in which Bulgarian artists residing in Germany curate a show that introduces the Bulgarian audience to lesser known authors from the local market.

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    • Boryana Petkova: Drawing makes the impossible possible

      Boryana Petkova: Drawing makes the impossible possible

      There are states of the body and spirit which are timeless, like pain, fear, love, sorrow, hope. Though often classified as banal, they are part of us and will continue to be part of us in the future. No matter how much we robotise and anesthetise ourselves, no matter how people will look tomorrow, these states remain unchanged. And they will always be contemporary, says artist Boryana Petkova in an interview.

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    • Craving nothing

      Craving nothing

      Boryana Petkova and Michail Michailov are two artists whose paths often cross not only because of their similar fates as expat artists (they live in Paris and Vienna, respectively), but because of a shared interest in the way an artwork functions and develops as well. The body of work of both artists is characterised by an in-depth yet minimalistic approach.

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    •  World's first bikini museum to open in Germany

      World's first bikini museum to open in Germany

      The bikinis of Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson and countless other celebrities are getting a new home in a south-western German town calling itself "capital of swimwear." In Bad Rappenau, nestled between the cities of Frankfurt and Stuttgart, is the world's first bikini museum, by its own account, set to open on Sunday, 5 July  - no less than the international day of the bikini.

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    • Artist Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova: I race with the light

      Artist Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova: I race with the light

      I see the “craftwork” (drawing, whittling) as a twitch - something that soothes me, something that I do mechanically. I've never stopped doing things with my hands; it's a necessity to me, says Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova in an interview to Maria Vassileva.

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    • What's on the kitchen table

      What's on the kitchen table

      On the Kitchen Table is a series of twenty-one photographs, each selected from an average of one hundred, taken over several weeks. From February to May 2020, every day Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova takes hundreds of shots in an attempt to reproduce images that appeared for a second in different states on the same surface. Slow and laborious procedure, in honour of one of the most unpretentious genres in art, still life.

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    • The world never stopped turning

      The world never stopped turning

      The gallery of Goethe Institut in Sofia is opening its doors to visitors once again with a new exhibition. The World Never Stopped Turning is a project informed by the pandemic, but one that focuses on the dangers of forgetting about crucial social and political topics rather than on the dangers of the virus.

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