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'The art work opens up in its own way the Being of beings. This opening up, i.e., this deconcealing, i.e., the truth of beings, happens in the work. In the art work, the truth of what is has set itself to work. Art is truth setting itself to work.' Martin Heidegger

 

As an art theorist my research interests are in the fields of ancient and postmodern philosophy, contemporary visual arts and culture: ritual, embodiment and the epistemological force of art; pedagogical methodologies and strategies in arts and culture education.

I studied history, art history, arts and culture in Sofia (BG), Rome (IT), Copenhagen (DK)  and Leiden (NL), and worked on different projects in the fields of visual arts and art education. My MA from Leiden University (NL) led me to explore the importance of contemporary art practice for the socio-political processes in present-day western society. My research investigates arts as a space of transformation, and addresses topics, such as embodiment, constitution of subjectivity, identity and agency. 

 

 

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A talk I gave about the Amsterdam-based artist duo DAY Collective's project Tete-a-Tete at Herengracht 401 in Amsterdam in October 2021.

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You can find some of my projects and publications below

(click on the images for more info). 

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During my studies in Bulgaria, Italy, Denmark and the Netherlands I have been engaged with academic discourses that address urgent issues of the current society, such as globalisation and intercultural relations; bioethics and technological development, and the consequences for culture and society. I focus on topics, such as constitution of subjectivity and post-humanist perspectives on identity and agency, while continuing my research on the importance contemporary artistic practices have on cultural and socio-political processes.

My MA thesis from Leiden University offers a perspective on contemporary visual arts as a space of transformation, which is also my current academic research.

I offer an investigation of contemporary art through the viewpoint of Plato’s notion of χώρα (chôra), which opens up a different perspective towards art and helps to better understand its role in society in the context of our technologically invested life. By proposing a different entry into the western world’s binary logic of rationality, and by putting forward an ontological vision, art as χώρα enables the space for a transformation—an experience and consequently a consideration of novel modes of existence of the political body of present-day western society.

PUBLICATIONS 

Embodying Art: Exploring New Spaces of Experiencing the World with DAY Collective

(Unbore Collective, Dec. 2021)

Who Am I? The Self through the viewpoint of Yoga and the Arts (Elephant Journal/Omflow, Dec. 2020)   

     

It Won’t Be Long Now, Comrades!

(Framer Framed Magazine, Oct. 2017)

‘The Space of Chora. A perspective on Contemporary Art’ (Leiden Repository, July 2017)

‘Byzantine Tradition in Modern Art: Ivan Milev’

(Liternet, Feb. 2016)

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EDUCATION

Master’s degree in Arts and Culture

 

Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands (2016 -2017)

The Art of Contemporary World and World Art Studies; Art, Science and Ethics; Art theory; Philosophy of Culture.

Thesis title: The Space of Χώρα – A Perspective on Contemporary Art.

 

Master’s degree in Art History

 

NBU, Sofia, Bulgaria (2011-2014)

History, theory and critique of arts.

Thesis title: Byzantine tradition in Modern Art: Ivan Milev.

 

Erasmus programme in Art History

 

Copenhagen University, Denmark (2013)

Visual anthropology; Art history;

Research topic: Ritual patterns in art from antiquity until current times.

 

Specialisation in History and Culture

 

University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Rome, Italy (2009-2011)

Specialisation in History, Philosophy, Art history.

 

Bachelor's degree in History and Teacher of History

 

Sofia University ‘St. Climent Ohridski’, Sofia, Bulgaria (2005-2009)

Political and social history; Archival science; Archaeology; Ethnology.

Specialisation in ancient history.

Pedagogical qualification: History teacher.

 

Read my FULL CV here