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“Troubled Ground” is Antonia Gurkovska’s first solo exhibition in Plovdiv. It is a temporary installation that will be build in the main space of the Centre for Contemporary Art “Bania Starinna”. It would take up the entire floor area, aiming to leave the space intact and ‘empty’, while repeating it at the same time.
The project “Troubled Ground” is related to the history and the current much debated state of ownership of “Bania Starinna”. It derives from Antonia’s past projects/installations like Void and Compensation (2013), Container(2012) and The Skin I Live In(2013). It is made, thought of and executed the way Gurkovska approaches painting, with large scale gestures, specific choices and precision, yet open to chance. It technically resembles the indexical repetitive action similar to the way the dots in the paintings are applied: all together contributing to forming a large square grid painting whose surface would flip content. Its context is closely tied to the contemporary painting discourse, which often challenges what a painting represents and what it contains. As in this case - it is a troubled ground, a container that points to itself.

Attention: No high heel shoes, heavy and sharp objects are allowed to the exhibition.

Antonia Gurkovska (b.1984) received her BFA in 2008 from the National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2009 she won the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship which supported her way to the Art Institute of Chicago from where she graduated in 2011 with a MFA degree in Painting and Drawing. Since then she has participated in numerous exhibitions in USA and Europe.Most notable - Union League of Chicago (2011); Irritable Abstraction Julius Caesar, Chicago (2011); Index at Kavi Gupta Gallery(2012); Changing States of Matter, Brand New Gallery, Milan (2012); The Question of Their Content at Zolla Lieberman Gallery (2012); The Skin I live In, Kavi Gupta, Berlin (2013); Armory Show NY (2012-2013); Art Miami|Basel (2013).During 2011-2012 she taught Painting classes and Contemporary Art seminars at the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Academy of Art in Sofia. Since 2012 she is represented by Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago. Antonia Gurkovska currently works in Sofia, Bulgaria and Chicago, USA.

Courtesy the Artist|gurkovska.com and KAVI GUPTA Gallery

official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7nRau81FHso

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Art Today Association

invite you on the opening
of the exhibition


Opening of the exhibition
on Wednesday, 20th of November 2013, 7 pm
at HilgerBROTKunsthalle
in the frame of VIENNA ART WEEK 2013

Participating Artists:
Dan Acostioaei, Yesim Agaoglu, Ilgen Arzik, Michael Aschauer, Mher Azatyan, Catrin Bolt, Gabriele Edlbauer, Markus Hahn, Michael Hieslmair / Michael Zinganel, Karl Karner / Linda Samaraweerová, Konstantine Kitiashvili / Group Bouillon, Katharina Lackner, Paran Pour, Alexandru Raevschi, Christoph Schwarz,
Vasili Subbotin, Veronika Tzekova, Gamlet Zinkovsky

BLACK SEA CALLING is an artist-in-residence exchange programme between
Austria and 9 countries of the Black Sea region. All in all 19 artists were hosted in
2012/2013 in Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova,
Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine.
The exhibition presents these artists with works reflecting
the different cultural contexts of the countries involved.

Location: HilgerBROTKunsthalle
Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna, Austria

Duration: November 21, 2013 - February 15, 2014
Opening Hours: Wed–Sat 12 noon–6 pm

BLACK SEA CALLING is a project by
< rotor > center for contemporary art Graz

In cooperation with:
International Cultural Policy department at the Federal Ministry
for European and International Affairs

AIR Krems, Art Today Association Plovdiv, Atelierhaus Salzamt Linz,
Centre for Contemporary Art Chisinau, Centre for Visual Introspection Bucharest,
Cultural City Network Graz, CSM/ Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art Kyiv,
GeoAIR Tbilisi, Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle Exnergasse
Vienna, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen Innsbruck, NOMAD & CAMP Istanbul,
Suburb Cultural Center Yerevan, United Artists Club (BRK) Baku

BLACK SEA CALLING was awarded with Bank Austria Art Prize 2011
in the category International.


ataArt Today Association
Center for Contemporary Art - Plovdiv
The Ancient Bath

Week of Contemporary Art 2013

"Disturbances in the Structure"

4 September – 6 October 2013
Center for Contemporary Art – Plovdiv, The Ancient Bath

Kerstin Flake, Replaces 14, 2012, C-print

Nicolai Angelov (BG/DE), Yohannes Artinyan (BG), Vasilena Gankovska (BG/A), Stefan Fischer (DE), Kerstin Flake (DE), Oliver Kossack (DE), Ahmet Öğüt (TR), Isa Rosenberger (A), Tilo Schulz (DE), Jun Yang (CN/A)

Curated by Ilina Koralova

The exhibition presents artists whose works are concerned with structures. In concrete terms, "structures" are understood as the configuration and interrelation of different elements which, taken together, form a whole, in one of the following ways:
– the composition of form, material, composition, light, in a work of art
– the basic and component parts of an architectonic ensemble (in an exhibition room or urban space) or
– on a larger scale, the relationships between the individual and the institutions of a society.

The artists who have been invited to participate question the stability of this union and examine its internal relationships, either by pulling them apart or by suggesting unexpected ways of regarding them.
The participants approach the various aspects of the proposed concept using various artistic media – photography, installation, painting and video. Some of the basic questions raised in their artistic analysis are: the restructuring of contemporary societies and the breakdown of traditional relationships this entails, but also the simultaneous emergence of new social constellations involving formerly unrelated groups of individuals; the opening up of political, economic and cultural systems and the development of resistance and disassociation from outside influence that goes hand in hand with this.
A further characteristic of the selected works is the way in which they closely observe phenomena that are often described as "peripheral" and as such remain widely ignored, although they are important for the functioning or better understanding of a context. In the works of art, "insignificant" elements like this take on a central role, enabling the viewer to adopt a new perspective towards well-known phenomena. The main element forging a link between the artists and influencing their artistic approach is the fact that they are themselves conscious of being part of a (artistic, social, economic) system. The works of art develop "from within" - that is to say, the artists examine the individual components and aspects of the objects they have created, experimenting with them and using them in new ways, thus making a comment on phenomena that go far beyond the actual work of art and the boundaries of the exhibition space. In this way, they express their own social and artistic position within the environment and the society in which they live and work.
During the development of the project, an important role is played by the surroundings in which the exhibition takes place. The old Turkish Hamam (steam bath), a building from the 16th century, is in itself an element originating from a historical social system that has disappeared and become reintegrated within a new context. It successfully fulfils its new function as an exhibition space; at the same time, the specific architecture represents a challenge for today's "user". In this way, the exhibition space may be seen as a further structure – open to intervention, but at the same time restrictive. In keeping with the project idea, the artists are invited to analyse and interpret the exhibition space, incorporating it into their artistic contribution should the situation arise.

“Week of Contemporary Art” is a project by Art Today Association in partnership with Minicipality of Plovdiv and Goethe-Institut Bulgaria.

The exhibition has been supported by: ifa Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V., Gaudenz B. Ruf Award For New Bulgarian Art, Austrian Embassy Sofia.

Media partners: BNT, BNT2, Radio Katra FM, Darik Radio, Darik News.


Tue - Sun
10.30 – 18.00
Entrance fee: 1 lv. / 0.50 lv. for students and pensioners/
Thursday -Entrance free

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ataArtist-in-residence program of Art Today Association (Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv www.arttoday.org and < rotor > association for contemporary art, Graz, Austria http://rotor.mur.at
Short description of the project: Art Today Association (Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv and < rotor > association for contemporary art, Graz, Austria have launched joint artist-in-residence program for 2006. One Bulgarian and one Austrian artist will take part in it. They will reside one month respectively in Graz, Austria and Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The program aims at activating the relation between artists and artistic community, creating new contacts and opportunity for future projects.
Art Today Association (Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv) gathers applications for the Bulgarian participant in the program, who will reside for a month in Graz, Austria. Artists from every field, without restriction of the media can apply. It is not compulsory that a project should be realized during the stay. At the end of the residency the artist will make a presentation of his/her work and the projects he/she has realized.The Bulgarian resident is invited to stay in Graz between 27th of February and 31st of March 2006. An apartment, located in the very center of the town, will be at his/her disposal. Covered are the travelling costs (train tickets or cheap plane), also 25 Euro is the daily allowance to maximum of 700 Euro for the whole stay.

Please apply with:
* CV
* portfolio with copies (no originals), DVDs or CD-Roms
The documents should be sent by post, deadline 8.02.2006.

Art Today Association
Center for contemporary art - Plovdiv
36 Konstantin Stoilov Str.
Plovdiv 4000
for more information:
tel. +359 32 638868
email: arttoday(at-symbol)arttoday.org

The result of the selection will be announced between 10 – 15 February on the site of Center for contemporary art - Plovdiv www.arttoday.org

Past Events:

 Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv, Ancient Bath presents: The last, seventh edition of the Literary Serial
19th November (Saturday), at 18.00.
Two literary installations will be presented: „Non accoustical“, author Maria Radulova and „Narrowing of the road“ a reading room for the poetical cycle „osht“, author Veselina Sarieva. The literary installations will stay at the Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv until 26th November 2005.

The event is organized with the support of the Swiss cultural program in Bulgaria and in cooperation with Art Today Association.


ata Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv, Ancient Bath
22 November 2005 (Tuesday), 18.00
Presentation of the activity of the Center for contemporary art Skopje by video and photo documentation. Nikola Pisarev i Anita Ivkovik will present the activity of the Center for contemporary art Skopje (and its CIX Gallery) during the period 1998-2005. During 1998-2003 the CIX gallery was one of the most productive art spaces in Macedonia. The presentation is part of the archive of the Center for contemporary art Skopje. It will show contemporary art by Macedonian artists and realized projects in the Center.

fakeOctober 2005, Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv, First edition of the International Project for Low and High Technics in Contemporary Art. Under the topic: “Critique of Pure Image – Between Fake and Quotation”, curated by Dimitrina Sevova. The project is composed of three parts: an international exhibition, a theoretical meeting and an international workshop.
Site of the project: fake.arttoday.org

 Opening: 7 October 2005, 18:30h Center for Contemporary Art - Ancient Baths, Plovdiv
19:00h Performance “Second Hand” by Sexismus Productions, Zurich
20:00h Party with DJ Pauline Boudry; 22:00h Cinema Projection: Surprise movie
Exhibition: 8 October-8 November 2005, Ancient Baths, plus: billboard at the corner of 6-i septemvri/main street, installations in the main hall of the central train station
8 October 2005, 18:00h Performance “Who shot immanence?” by Monochrom, Vienna
10 October 2005, 18:00h Performance “I’ve Seen My Body Electric” by Nina Stuhldreher, Vienna
Theoretical Symposium: 8-10 October 2005, Ancient Baths
Openair Screening: 9 October 2005, 21:30h, main street in front of municipality building

Participants in the exhibition:
0100101110101101.ORG, Florian Agalli and Eri Daka (LK47), Ursula Biemann, Pauline Boudry/Brigitta Kuster/Renate Lorenz, The Centre of Attention, Vera Chytilová and her fans, David Crawford, Alexandra Croitoru, Guy-Ernest Debord and his fans, Maria Draghici, Etoy, Nadia Genova, Rumen Jekov, Oliver Kielmayer, Athanasia Kyriakakos, Rudi Maier, Karin Michalski, Emil Miraztchiev, Monochrom & Georg Paul Thomann (Johannes Grenzfurthner & Günther Friesinger), Oliver Musovik, Vlad Nanca, Dorel Naste, Nebudu group (Borjana Ventzislavova, Mladen Penev, Miroslav Nicic), Veselina Sarieva, Sexismus Productions (Gaby Baldinger, Sabina Baumann, Lilian Räber), selection from the Shedhalle archive, Mirjam Wirz, The Yes Men, Artur Zmijewski, Tim Zulauf
Participants in the Theoretical Symposium:
Pauline Boudry/Brigitta Kuster/Renate Lorenz, Alice Cantaluppi, David Crawford, Maria Draghici, Etoy.ZAI and Etoy.HAEFLIGER, Indymedia Sofi a, Oliver Kielmayer, LK47 (Florian Agalli, Eri Daka), Rudi Maier, Monochrom (Johannes Grenzfurthner & Günther Friesinger), Karin Michalski, A Room Of One’s Own (Nina Stuhldreher & Kristina Haider), Dr. Klaus Schönberger, Sexismus Productions (Sabina Baumann, Gaby Baldinger, Lilian Räber), Nina Stuhldreher, Mirjam Wirz, Vencislav Zankov, Peter Zorn, Tim Zulauf
Openair Screening with films by:
Pauline Boudry, David Crawford, Daniel Lo Iacono, code flow; from a selection by Emil Miraztchiev: Yavor Gardev, Plamen Solomonski, Kamen Stoyanov; from a selection by Athanasia Kyriakakos: Lina Theodorou, Ioanna Myrka, Chi-Jang Yin, Morgan Showalter

Detailed program of the project
Support of the project

ataOn 30.09.2005 Center for Contemporary Art - Plovdiv will participate in the Night of the museums ang galleries with a selected program of video projections and a concert of the IDM beasts Res/Mloski from Jisatsuken. The program in the Ancient Bath in Plovdiv will start at 18:30 and will end at unknown time.

ataArt Today Association organizes for 11th time Week of contemporary art. The edition in 2005 will present exhibition „FREEZE“, an idea of Art Today Association.

fThe exhibition will take place from 8th September until 28th September in the Center for Contemporary Art – Plovdiv. Opening on 8th September 2005 at 18.30.
The organizers of „FREEZE“ have invited 17 participants who will present their versions on the absolute idea of conservation as stability, constancy, immobility, reticence, degradation. The exhibition includes objects, installations, video and photography. Some of the authors will use ice-boxes and will turn them into a frame of their artworks, will transform them changing or confirming their meaning and function.

List of participants: Ivan Moudov, Emil Mirazchiev, Yohannes Artinian, Sevdalina Kochevska, Nadia Genova, Roumen Zhekov, Veselina Sarieva, Ivan Toshkov, Natasha Kyupova, David Heywood, Icko Maznev, Michel, Maria Dzhelebova, Nadezhda Lyahova, Dimitar Grozdanov, Dimitar Mitovski, Zhivka Valevicharska
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ataArt Today association presents
in the Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv
21.07.2005 at 18.00
8-th bienalle for contemporary art - Istanbul , represented by Emil Mirazchiev.

ataArt Today association presents
in the Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv
12.07.2005 at 18.00
51-st bienalle for contemporary art - Venice, represented by Veselina Sarieva and Sevdalina Kochevska.

ataArt Today association presents
in the Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv
23.06.2005 at 18.00
Rene Beekman – 2 presentations
The first presentation will focus on the role of video and digital technologies in theatre. The second presentation will discuss the technical development of two projects he was recently involved in; the theatre piece "Gospodin Ibrahim ili Tzvetyata Na Korana" at the National Theatre in Sofia and a software emulator of the 6 Channel Colorizer/Mixer that David Jones build in the early 1970's at the Experimental Television Center in the USA.


ataArt Today association presents
in the Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv
15.06 – 15.07.2005
„EGN“ - a project of Alexandar Yuzev, with the special participation of ethno group BULGARA
Opening on 15.06.2005 at 18.00 in the Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv, Ancient Bath


atagoetheArt Today association presents
in the Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv
Positions of the contemporary photography
Thomas Florschutz
"Fragments of the I" 7.06. - 14.06.2005
Opening on 7.06.2005 at 18.00 in the Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv, Ancient Bath
The exhibition is realized with the support of Goethe Institut Sofia, IFA, Center for meetings of province Saxonia-Anhalt, Plovdiv Municipality


ataArt Today association
Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv, Ancient Bath
13.06.2005 at 15.00
Presentation of the festival „The Bulgarian Europe“ with an organizer „European spaces 21“ association, Rousse. The second edition of the festival „The Bulgarian Europe“ will take place in Rousse from 12th to 15th October. On the presentation in Plovdiv you will have the opportunity to learn more about the festival's aims and program as well as how you and your media can participate in it.

ataArt Today association presents
in the Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv
“BAREFOOT TANGO” - dance solo performance of Ana Karakasheva
Music by Astor Piacola and Pano Mnuilidis
„SHE“ - dance improvisation of Ana Karakasheva and Ana Miteva
Music by Pano Manuilidis
13th June at 21.00
Admission fee – 2 lv

cdArt Today Association presents in the Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv, Ancient Bath the project „Art Positive 2005“ with the title „CD – way of usage“. Author of the concept is Yohannes Artinian (artpositive.arttoday.org).
Opening on 4th April (Monday) at 18.00, with a life sound by res & mloski (jisatsuken.cult.bg). The exhibition will continue until 15th May. Artists who live and work in Plovdiv will present their artworks. The project is realised with the support of the Swiss cultural program in Bulgaria, Municipality of Plovdiv and „Star nails“ company.

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Live set by Res/Mloski at the opening of Art Positive 2005 (154 Mb, 256kbs, 1:24:33 hms, mp3)

ataArt Today Association announces the results from the jury of the projects for participation in „Art Positive 2005“ exhibitions. The project of Veselina Sarieva and Georgi Lazarov “Make data disk / CD burn” wins the association's support for implementation. 31 authors presented 39 projects that will exposed in the Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv from 04.04.2005. Information about the concept of Art Positive can be found on artpositive.arttoday.org

ataArt Today Association presents in the Center for contemporary art – Plovdiv, Ancient Bath, 01.03 – 28.03.2005
the project “Labyrinth”, authors Hristo Yordanov and Angelina Galanska (Angie)

labyrinthFor “reality shows” fans, for those confided in the audio-visual products, for the satiated by familiar views, for the bored of “the white cube”, for those who has forgotten themselves, for the rationally confused, for those who can be hardly provoked, for the inter-active, for the brave in March. The Labyrinth creates surroundings where the visual and sound effects provoke confusion, cause many associations, set new relations and choices – where to go, how to act. Real spatial metaphor of life where everyone fails surprised, to a great extent unprepared and alone. The project is realized with the financial support of Pro Helvetia and “Face for art and culture” foundation - Sofia.


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