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Migrations of Fear

Ilina Koralova, Leipzig and Boris Kostadinov, Vienna

Ilina Koralova is an art historian and works as a freelance curator and project manager. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. On behalf of ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations), she worked as a project manager for the German Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia 2015. In 2012 and 2013 she held the position of project coordinator and programme curator for the transnational project Europe (to the power of) n, a series of exhibitions organised by the Goethe Institute London. Koralova has worked as a lecturer at the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Leipzig since 2007 and since 2017 at the Academy of Arts in Leipzig. She was a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig between 2002 and 2012. She has organised many international contemporary art exhibitions.


Boris Kostadinov lives and works between Vienna, Berlin and Sofia. His curatorial projects explore the relationship between art and political, geopolitical realities, economics, social processes and theories, art as an activist gesture or political platform. He curated projects for: Ernst Hilger Gallery, Bäckerstrasse4 Gallery, IG Bildende Kunst (Vienna), Kunstraum LS43 (Berlin), ICI, Radiator Gallery, Leo Kuelbs Collection, (New York), Manifesta 11 (Zurich), Forum Stadtpark (Graz), National Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery (Sofia) and others.




Email: b_kostadinov@yahoo.com




Ilina Koralova and Boris Kostadinov
Photo: Clara Wildberger

Migrations of Fear is a multidisciplinary project, cooperation between artists and art institutions in Leipzig (Germany) – Future of Europe Society for Contemporary Art/Kunstverein Leipzig, Graz (Austria) – Forum Stadtpark, Plovdiv (Bulgaria) – Art Today Association for Contemporary Art, and Slovenj Gradec (Slovenia) – Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti (KGLU).


The project is a reaction to the actual political and social reality in Europe. It evolves around the real, phantom, individual or common fears in general, which have recently surfaced especially in relation to the refugee wave of the last two years. Those fears, and above all the ways the contemporary society could find in order to defeat them, are the spheres, which the exhibitions’ series in the four cooperating countries intends to explore.

The project and its participants aspire to contribute to the process of overcoming hatred, prejudices and intolerance, which, more than terrorism, constitute the actual threat for the contemporary European society. Despite the difficulties and the enormous challenges, the convergence and interaction of different cultures, philosophy of life and views on the world must be seen as a unique chance for better understanding and mutual enrichment, and, hopefully, as a chance to overcome some of our fears.


Artists: Azra Aksamija, Nika Autor, Lana Cmajcanin, Petja Dimitrova, Plamen Dejanoff, Emil Mirazchiev, Daniela Kostova, Alban Muja, Oliver Ressler, Ute Richter, Kamen Stoyanov, Borjana Ventzislavova, Clara Wildberger, a.o.


Curated by: Ilina Koralova and Boris Kostadinov

Supported by: Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for New Bulgarian Art