The winner of the contest of the Ministry of Culture for Bulgarian participation in the 58th edition of the International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale is the installation “How We Live” with curator Vera Mlechevska and authors Radka Bukova and Lazar Lyutakov. This was announced today at a press conference at the National Art Gallery, and yesterday the site of the Ministry of Culture published information on the jury and the competition.

There are 24 projects in the contest of the Ministry of Culture, and 3 of them have remained in the final. One of the main features of the “How do we live” installation is the adherence to the specifics of the exhibition space in Venice.

At the press conference, Vera Mlechevska said the project was in dialogue with what Venice was. She explained that a title can not explain the whole project, which deals not only with the question of how we live, but also with how we lived before. She says work is very conceptual and is related to the specific space and its capabilities. Mlechevska added that the installation is not only for Bulgaria but has a wider context.

At the press conference, the artist and professor at the National Academy of Arts, Stanislav Pamukchiev, called for all 24 projects to be published on the Ministry of Culture website to see how different authors understand contemporary art, but a ministry official replied that the issue of copyright is complex and difficult to accomplish.

All projects will be available on 23 January from 11.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 16.00 at Sredetz Gallery on 17, Alexander Stamboliyski Blvd.

Thus, Bulgaria will be present at the Venice Biennale for the first time since 2011, when national participation of the country became a scandal due to the vague procedure of choosing the participants in it. Then on the site of the event appeared information that Bulgaria will be represented by artists Pavel Koichev, Gredi Assa, Huben Cherkelov and curator George Lucas, without it being clear how, when, by whom and by what procedure this curator was chosen.

The selection of the winning project includes Prof. Galina Lardeva, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts – Plovdiv, Dr. Maria Vassileva, Art Dean, Prof. Dr. Orlin Dvoranov, lecturer at St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Prof. Chavdar Popov, lecturer at the National Academy of Arts, Dr. Kiril Vasilev, culturalologist, lecturer at St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University and Lora Atanasova, Chief an expert at the Cultural Heritage, Museums and Fine Arts Directorate at the Ministry st of culture.

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