ATA - Art Today Association Plovdiv, Bulgaria: "A Bulgarian Pavilion in Bulgaria"
As a partner of the ATLANTIS-network, Art Today Association, Plovdiv, invited "The Bulgarian Pavilion" project to be presented in Venice.
A platform for contemporary art in Bulgaria, Art Today Association Plovdiv supports the initiative www.bulgarianpavilion.org. During its stay in Venice, Art Today Association Plovdiv presented www.bulgarianpavilion.org, a project initiated by Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva and Dessislava Dimova.
The aim of the project is a critical reconsideration of the existing institutional system of presenting art nationally and internationally. "The Bulgarian Pavilion" proposes to create the Bulgarian Pavilion in Sofia 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 be developed in instalments over the next two years, "The Bulgarian Pavilion" is a shared platform that comprises series of discussions, public art activites, persentations 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 the artist collective R.E.P. from Kiev, the story of the Bulgarian (non-)presence at the Venice Biennale will be narrated by a traditional folk singer to the audience of ATLANTIS 11.