• 7 Moments of Sofia Popyordanova

    28 March 2019

    text Violeta Ivanova

    She loves the mountain, bread with honey and a white cat with different eyes. Since she was a kid, she's been in the right environment - she grew up with the illustrators Mila Yaneva and Andrea Popyordanova (the latter is her sister). "Maybe I've always followed somehow subconsciously her taste, interests, ideas, and directions so at some point I found myself on the same path as her." Thus, Sofia first enrolled in an art high school where she was "very colorful and then very gray" while studying the purity and grace with which later she was twice accepted at the National Art Academy.
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  • 6 moments of Luben Domozetsky

    21 March 2019

    If you find yourself in the mountains with him, don't worry if bended over a flower or a beetle he tells you, "I'm staying here, you go ahead, I'll catch up with you somewhere." This is Lyuben's natural environment while working on his scientific illustrations, each of which takes hours of exploration, shooting and searching. This focus on detail is also found in his profession - he is a curator at the Sofia City Art Gallery and art historian, enchanted by the old art. You will often see his name in an article, a catalog or a congress, and the Society of Scientific Illustrators (to which he is a member) has exhibited his fine and detailed drawings in three exhibitions. Well, tighten your backpack - Lyuben leads us on a tour for his important moments.
  • 9 Moments of Martin Atanasov

    14 March 2019

    text Violeta Ivanova

    Nature is a companion whom he can talk to for a long time, and he loves to turn its particles into herbariums - like those you can currently get from Twisted Mannequin. Otherwise he is inspired by the city as a clear mirror of today's society, he reads a lot of poetry, which is "the purest form of literature," and it is important for him to take pictures because they are a visual language, "and we live in a visual age."
  • 8 moments of Nadezhda Georgieva

    7 March 2019

    Not long ago has she begun to ride a bicycle and a car and she is proud, but these are "small steps ahead of the big thing." The big one just got a little bigger, as Sito Studio - Nadezhda's screen-printing studio with three other people, who has been pulling t-shirts and prints for years and training groups, moved a few meters across the map to a new address. Now we stop for a chat with Nadezhda - and having a look at her own work.
  • 12 moments of Marta Djourina

    28 February 2019

    There is something in the North that she finds simply fascinating - mabe that's why when she went to Berlin in 2009 to study, she never really comes back to Bulgaria.
  • 8 Moments of Pola Popova

    21 February 2019

    text Violeta Ivanova

    She's into interior design, and has recently developed a plant obsession that draws her to cacti and aloes, while she's chosen the nickname The Fig Girl. It's no coincidence. Her family has a house in Sozopol, where Pola loves to take night walks, climb trees to pick fruit, or just sit on a branch and draw.
  • 8 Moments of Kaliya Kalacheva

    14 February 2019

    text Violeta Ivanova

    She calls herself an architect by soul and a painter by profession "but since I became a mother, I don't remember what I am anymore". Although she misses the carelessness of her childhood, she also really likes the deadlines that she faces today because they're like an engine for her creativity.
  • 9 Moments of Alexandra Mladenova

    7 February 2019

    text Violeta Ivanova

    She either sleeps too much or too little and she always eats too much spaghetti. What's never too much for her, though, are trips - whether just a stroll around the city, a trek in the mountain or a journey to a faraway place like the Columbian jungle.
  • 8 Moments of Monika Yaneva

    31 January 2019

    text Violeta Ivanova

    She easily gets obsessed with new hobbies, then leaves them and takes up something else. Currently she's into embroidery, looking after plants and creating handmade jewellery. Travelling and food, however, have always been her number ones. Food is also her favourite thing to draw.
  • Interesting times in Venice

    31 January 2019

    This year - for the first time since 2008 - Bulgaria will have a pavilion on the Venice beiennale, this most important scene for contemporary art. The curatorial project is by Vera Mlechevska, with whom we meet to talk about what work will artists Rada Boukova and Lazar Lyutakov show - and how they're commenting on The Way We Live.
  • 8 Moments of Ralitsa Stratieva

    24 January 2019

    text Violeta Ivanova

    She likes movies with a strange idea or an ususual way of filming (The Room for example always makes her smile). Words are also her forte - she loves writing down all her drifting thoughts or interesting things she hears on the street.
  • 7 Moments of Marinela Galeva

    17 January 2019

    text Violeta Ivanova

    She loves the sincerity of animals, her first sip of coffee in the morning and her bike with a basket, and when she rides it, she loves doing quick stops to draw the view in her sketchbook.
  • One year in Plovdiv

    17 January 2019

    In 2019, Plovdiv is European Capital of Culture: a generous host who invites us with a 12-month program to engage, change, entertain, astonish us. It's worth checking out the events at plovdiv2019.eu to find out what'd be interesting for youin the four platforms with events. Before that, we talk to the artistic director of the foundation Plovdiv 2019 about the program - how it's selected, what it's focused on, how has it changed, and what's going to happen to it in a year.
  • 8 Moments of Andon Bakarov

    10 January 2019

    text Violeta Ivanova

    "It comes from honey, which is the inherited skincolor in my family," says Andon about his surname, but he signs his graffiti and drawings with another name - Rib0k.
  • 7 Moments of Denitsa Boyadzhieva

    13 December 2018

    text Violeta Ivanova

    "I have no art education and I love painting," is how Denitza describes the self-taught talent with which she works aside from teaching English.
  • 7 moments of Nora Ampova

    6 December 2018

    In her paintings, a dandy kangaroo smokes a cigarette, and a zucchini poses like a swan. But don't assume Nora is always joking - she holds a master's degree in painting, she's studied in England and she has a few solo exhibitions in her biography. Her last one, Cosmos, was in Sofia earlier this year, and before that Hide and seek was in Lesvos, Greece, all around the migrant crises.
  • 8 Moments of Elitsa Nikolova

    29 November 2018

    text Violeta Ivanova

    She trained horseback riding for a long time before she got an allergic reaction and had to quit forever. "Nothing is by chance", she says, "That's how I concentrated more on drawing and here I am now."
  • Objects of discussion: Venelin Shurelov

    29 November 2018

    He's an artist of interactive installations, a scenographer with Askeer and Ikar awards, a teacher of digital arts in the National Arts Academy and a curator of DA fest. Right now, Credo Bonum gallery is showing his work that has been from here to tens of other shows and festivals - and while the exhibition is coming together, we sit with him for a long talk about his work, walking, and how important humour is.
  • 7 Moments of Ventsislav Dzhokov

    22 November 2018

    text Violeta Ivanova

    "I felt something great was happening, as if a portal opened and the music flowed through it, and  our only job and privilege was to get it out in the open." Thus Ventsi remembers the beginning of Imagine - a jazz / soul / funk / reggae / trip-hop band in which he is on the guitar, while the other three play bass, cajon and sing.
  • 9 Moments of Harita Asumani

    15 November 2018

    text Violeta Ivanova

    "I succumb to manipulations in the form of chocolate, flowers, R'n'B and compliments." Well, now that you know her weaknesses, let's concentrate on her superpowers. Harita draws these remarkable portraits just for fun - otherwise she's a stage and costume designer with experience in the National Theater and many different projects. Some of them introduced her to the Nulla production studio who now invite her to do a solo exhibition at their new offica/bar space.