A Bulgarian Pavilion in Bulgaria
As a platform for contemporary art in Bulgaria, Art Today Association Plovdiv supports the initiative www.bulgarianpavilion.org". During it´s stay in Venice Art Today Assosciation Plovdiv presents www. bulgarianpavilion.org" - a project initiated by by Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva and Dessislava Dimova.
The project aims at a critical reconsideration of the existing institutional system of presenting art nationally and internationally. The Bulgarian Pavilion proposes to create, in Sofia, the Bulgarian Pavilion for the next Venice Biennale in 2013. It will seek to reflect the evolution of the relationship between art and power in the context of post-Communist Bulgaria. Conceived of as a long-term initiative that will develop in installments over the next two years, The Bulgarian Pavilion is a shared platform that comprises series of discussions, public art activities, presentations and screenings.
Its ultimate aim is to propose an alternative interpretation of a national pavilion. The Bulgarian Pavilion will be located at the intersection of two seemingly unconnected sites: the Venice Biennale and the empty space in Sofia that was formerly the site of the Mausoleum of the Bulgarian Communist leader Georgi Dimitrov. Embedded in the performance of artist collective R.E.P. from Kiev, the story of the Bulgarian (non)presence at the Venice Biennial will be narrated by a traditional folk singer to the audience of Atlantis 11.