Kamen Stoyanov, Vienna/Sofia
Kamen Stoyanov was born in 1977 in Rousse, Bulgaria.
He studied Visual Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 2000 to 2005.
Currently he lives and works in Vienna and Sofia.
Over the past few years, his videos, installations, photographic works and performances have been shown, among others, in the following exhibitions: Common History and Its Private Stories, Sofia Art Gallery (2012), 17th Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2010), Aichi Triennial, Nagoya, Japan (2010), August in Art Biennial, Varna Art Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria (2010), MANIFESTA 7, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Trentino, Italy (2008).
Some of the solo exhibitions he did in the past few years are: Inda Gallery, Budapest (2013), Impossible Stories, Jesuiten Foyer, Vienna (2013), Out There, 1646, Den Haag, Netherlands (2011), Bringing Cultura, Ex-garaza, Maribor, Slovenia (2010) Plaster Me, Lokal_30, Warsaw (2010), Looking for an Art Piece, Kunstverein Salzburg (2009), Chinese Rap and other Stories, Inda Gallery, Budapest (2009), At Arm’s Length, MUMOK, Vienna (2008), Forget It, We Cannot Afford This, Studio Galeria, Budapest (2008).
He was awarded, among others, with the following prizes: MAK Schindler Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program in Los Angeles (2012), The Sovereign European Art Prize (2011), Otto Mauer Prize (2011), Alexander Resnikov Award (2010), Kunstpreis Europas Zukunft, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, 2008, MUMOK Prize for the Zone1 at the VIENNAFAIR (2007).
Phone: +43 699 811 779 71
Photo: Kamen Stoyanov
Light installation (Chr. Columbus Blvd.) and a two hours air action in the sky above Sofia
The light installation in the abandoned fields near Sofia airport and the two hours air action realized in May 2013 by Kamen Stoyanov for “Near, Closer, Together – Exercises for a Common Ground” is a response to the current political climate in Bulgaria.
In his work, Stoyanov criticizes the hegemonic cultural narratives manifested in the urban space and politics. His curiosity about the transition or passage between what is art and what not shapes the means and gestures he chooses to create in order to destabilize the associations and concepts of coherent cultural orders.
The Future Idea expresses his wish for a move beyond, for an expansion of the horizon and a search for a direction. According to the artist, it is a sign of hope and absurdity at the same time.