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Places and Structures

Vasilena Gankovska, Sofia/Vienna

Vasilena Gankovska was born in 1978 in Troyan.

After her graduation from the National Art Academy Sofia in 2001 she continued her art studies in the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Currently lives and works in Vienna and Sofia.


The urban space, the architectural structures and their interrelations are part of Gankovska’s visual research. By using different media like painting, drawing or the typical for the street art stencils, the artist represents structures, places and objects related to the everyday life, the leisure industry or the representative architecture and its symbols.


Selected projects:

2013Cash, Cans & Candy a street art project, Hilger Next, Vienna

2013Disturbances in the Structure, Center for Contemporary Art-Ancient Bath Plovdiv

2013Fragile Piece of Art, artistic interventions and performances, Sofia, Paris, Vienna (2008 – 2013)

2012Vasilena Gankovska feat. PERFEKT WORLD, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna

2012The Keyhole of Mr. Wittgenstein, Bulgarian Cultural Center Haus Wittgenstein, Vienna

2012Changing Perceptions, EBRD, London

2008Urban Melodramas, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia


Email: vasilena.gankovska@gmail.com

Website: www.vasilenagankovska.wordpress.com



Vasilena Gankovska

Video still from Reading la Repubblica,

V. Gankovska & S. Kosel

Camera: Sandra Kosel

Places and Structures

2013, collage, plexiglas boxes


Vasilena Gankovska explores the paradoxes of the urban environment. Nowadays, there are hardly existing regulatory mechanisms and transparency. Cities look like an accumulation of many different structures, whose elements unpredictably interweave to produce new ones. The artist thematizes the iconic status of Chifte Banya (The Ancient Bath) - a monument from a bygone era, which has a completely new function. The building is literally and metaphorically standing at the crossroads of two socio-political systems.


Ilina Koralova


The project is part of the exhibition “Disturbances in the Structure”

4 September – 6 October 2013
Center for Contemporary Art –The Ancient Bath, Plovdiv


Curated by Ilina Koralova


Organized by: Art Today Association Center for Contemporary Art Plovdiv