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Breathing Space (feat. HR-Stamenov and his work Ambiguous Activities)

Bora Petkova

Bora Petkova was born in 1979 in Varna, Bulgaria.


In 2004 she graduated with MFA in Sculpture from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria.


Petkova has been awarded with prizes for emerging artist from St. Cyril and St. Methodius  International Foundation (2005), M-Tel Award (2007) and the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award (2008). In 2008 she took part in the Young Artists Biennial, Bucharest, Romania. Until 2009 works in Bulgaria and realizes spatial process based installations for specific environment: Credo Bonum Gallery, Rayko Alexiev Gallery, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia and Georgi Velchev Art Museum, Varna, Bulgaria. In 2010 receives the UniCredit Full Grant for AIR program in Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy and participates at the 2nd International Antakya Biennial,  Turkey. The same year starts to work with/in public space. In 2011 receives a research grant from Goethe-Institut, Bulgaria for her work at Lichtenberg Studios AIR program in Berlin, Germany in collaboration with HR-Stamenov. In 2012 exhibits in institutional and museum spaces: National Museum of Literature P.K.Yavorov House Museum, Sofia Arsenal - Museum for Contemporary Art, Sofia Art Gallery, Goethe-Institut, UniCredit Studio, Sofia, Bulgaria; Center for Contemporary Art "The Ancient Bath", History Museum, Plovdiv, Bulgaria and works with/in public space.



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Email: borapetkova@gmail.com


HR - Stamenov - Short Bio in English



Bora Petkova, HR - Stamenov;
Photo: Ivan Grigorov

Breathing Space is a temporary artistic intervention in the permanent exhibition of P.K.Yavorov House Museum in Sofia. The project explores the relationship between the life and work of P.K.Yavorov and the features of the museum with site-specific video and audio installations.


In the context of the life and work of P.K.Yavorov, Breathing Space treats the idea of ​​Death as a short pause, separating but also making the leap between two eternities: the notion of eternity in the poetry of P.K.Yavorov and the eternity of his poetry.

The project is designed with respect to the museum activities, the significance of the building as a culture monument and to the authenticity of the permanent exhibition.


P.K.Yavorov House Museum inherited the fortune and the dramatic denouement of the poet's life and work. In Breathing Space the building and the museum are seen as a screen where these events are projected and still resonate. Even the traces of time and the transformations that the building had suffered over the years turn into exhibits. Despite their appearance or detection long after the poet's death they obtain the sense of symbolic "artifacts" when attributed to his life.

In the frame of this artistic investigation was found evidence for the two way influence between the life and work of P.K.Yavorov and the museum.

http://nlmuseum.alle.bg/breathing space