Zara Alexandrova

       

Zara was born 1980 in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.Her artistic practice is grounded in aesthetics of existence in a commercial society. She is interested on social critical themes like gender identity, fashion trends, political and social relations and ecology. Employing images and narratives that are embedded in the collective, cultural imagination she creates new conditions for interpretation. The conflicts and taboos in the society are representing with ironic and sarcasm. Her works are implemented in different Medias and techniques such as paintings, photographs, objects or site specific installations.

Education:

1993 – 1998       Secondary Art School for Applied Arts “Dimiter Dobrovich”, Sliven

1998 – 2002       National Academy of Arts – Sofia, Bulgaria

                           Graduated as Bachelor in Fine Arts at Prof B.Bojadjiev studio

2002 – 2004       National Academy of Arts- Sofia, Bulgaria

                           Graduated as Master in Fine Arts at Prof B.Bojadjiev studio

Solo exhibitions:

2013          „Things i can´t live without“, Hans Reh, Vienna, Austria

2010          “Forbidden”, Sariev Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2004          “Documents”, Sofia City Art Gallery- Meeting Point, Bulgaria

Group exhibitions:

2013   

 „Bulgarian Artists in Vienna. Contemporary Practices at the Beginning of the 21st Century”, Sofia City Art Gallery,  Bulgaria

 „Zooart“, Cuneo, Italy

 „Nomination Walter Koschatzky Preis“ Hofstallungen/MUMOK, Vienna, Austria

 „Spring Cultural Salons 2013”, Pomorie, Bulgaria

„Hospital for lovers“,„Raiko Alexiev” Gallery, Sofia, Bulgarian

 „Magnet / Antimagnet”, ICA Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2012         

Zapaden Park Art Festival in public space, Sofia, Bulgaria

„Who left/ What behind?”, Pleven, Bulgaria, Ankara, Turkey

Artists in Residence, Judenburg, Austria

Festival „Otets Paisiy Street –TEXT”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

„Global village” an exhibition IRL will be held on 3 locations in 3 European countries; namely Projekt 072 in Alkmaar the Netherlands, Chateau de Sully in Burgundy France and in Kulturhuset Broenden nearby Copenhagen Denmark

2011         

„Contemporary Istanbul”, Sariev Gallery, Istanbul Congress Center / Exhibition Area (IKM) and Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center / Rumeli Hall (K), Turkey

„Re-production”, Curators: Alla Georgieva, Nadezhda Dzhakova, Contemporary Art Museum, Sofia

„Transgressions”, Curator: Vera Mlechevska, Gallery Credo Bonum, Sofia, Bulgaria

„The Big Bang”, Gallery Credo Bonum, Sofia, Bulgaria

„Warehoused Art”, Sariev Gallery and Sklada, Sofia, Bulgaria

„Section 13”, Rajko Aleksiev Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2010          

Recycling Art Workshop „Trash-Chance-Idea“, Hartberg, Austria

„Qui Vive?" Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Exhibition “Liberty/Freedom” Russian

„Jennyfair“, Vienna, Austria

Awards:

2009        Second Award, „Gesellschafter ART.AWARD”, Aktion Mensch und ART.FAIR 21,EXPO XXI, Koln,    Germany 

2007        Award for Young Artist, Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for New Bulgarian Art, Sofia City Art Gallery, Bulgaria

2003        Award, Young Authors and Critics competition, „St. Ciril and St. Methodius“ International Foundation, Shipka 6 Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2002        Commendation, SIAB 5th Student International Biennial for Art, Skopje, Macedonia

Publications:

2013      Bulgarian Artists in Vienna. Contemporary Practices at the Beginning of the 21st Century,   catalogue pages 60-65

Walter Koschatzky Kunst-Preis 2013, page 54, catalogue

2012      Global village 2012, page 45, catalogue

2009      Art .Fair 21- Messe für aktuelle Kunst, Expo 21, Köln, page 169, catalogue

              From yesterday to tomorrow. Monuments of Sofia, page 21, catalogue

2008      Aktuelle Szene Bulgarien, page 60-61, catalogue

              A-A-X All about Him, page 104, catalogue

              Nord Art, page 12, catalogue

2007      National Competition for Young Artists and Critics, International Foundation St. Cyril and Methodius, page 74,    catalogue

              Shortlist, Gaudeny B. Ruf Award 2007, page 22-25, catalogue

2006      Plastic/Conceptual, Contemporary Bulgarian painting, page 12-13, catalogue

2005      Bulgarian artist union, page 3, number 9

2002      SIAB, 5. Student international art biennale, page 12, catalogue

              The house/the chaos, page 4, catalogue

              Painting / Educational and creative aspects, page 270, circulation 1000X