Curatorial Team

Iara Boubnova (Curator)

Curator and art critic from Sofia, was born in Moscow, Russia, where she graduated the Department of Art History and Theory of Moscow State University and worked as a Junior Editor at the “Soviet Artist” Publishing House. Since 1985, she works at the National Gallery for Foreign Art in Sofiaas a Curator of the Department of East European Art. Between 2003 and 2006 she was the Project Leader of the Visual Seminar multidisciplinary project dedicated to the urban environment of neo-capitalism.

Since 2009, Iara Boubnova directs the program of ICA-Sofia Gallery, that among other events involves group and individual shows, lecture program, presentations, the BAZA Award for Young Bulgarian Artist and the «Essential Reading for Writers about Contemporary Art» award for criticism.

Among her last curatorial projects are: “From Ideology to Economy. Bulgarian Contemporary Art 20 Years Later,” State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, Moscow; “Techniques”, inaugural show of the ICA Gallery, Sofia; “Common History and its Personal Stories”, MUSA (Museum auf Abruf), Vienna; Nedko Solakov, Sofia Municipal Gallery, Sofia; «Liquid Frontiers» as a part of «Europe XXL» in Lille, France (2009).

She had curated “History in Present Tense” as part of “‘FOOTNOTES on Geopolitics, Market and Amnesia” - the 2nd Moscow Biennial – both 2007; «Joy” at Casino Luxembourg and “Dialectics of Hope”, the 1st Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art in 2005; Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt am Main in 2002 – all as co-cutrator; "Talk with the Man on the Street" part of the 4th Biennial in Cetinje, Montenegro; “Double-Bind”(co-curator) in 2003, "Locally Interested" in 1999 – both in Sofia and “Ars ex Nacionem. Made in BG“ in 1997 and “In Search of the Self-Reflection” in 1994 – both in Plovdiv.

She curated and organized Bulgarian National Participations at the 48th Biennale di Venezia (1999); the 3rd Biennial in Cetinje, Montenegro (1997); the 4th St. Petersburg Biennial (1996); the 4th Istanbul Biennial (1995); and the 22nd Sao Paulo Biennial (1994).

Iara Boubnova is President of the Bulgarian Section of AICA (International Association of Art Critics), a Board Member of the International Foundation Manifesta, a Member of ECP (European Cultural Parliament), of CIMAM (International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art) and IKT (International association of curators of contemporary art). Since 2008 she is a Memeber of the Artistic Advisory Committee of MOCA China, Hong Kong.

Since 1995 Iara Boubnova is the founding Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia.

Sotirios Bahtsetzis (Curator)

Sotirios Bahtsetzis is a curator, critic and educator based in Athens and Berlin. In 2005 he was awarded a PhD in Art History from the Institute of History of Art of the Technical University of Berlin.
He is an adjunct professor in history of art at the Department of Architecture of the University Patras (since 2006), the Department of Architecture at the University of Thessaly (since 2007) and the Seminar on Studies of European Culture at the Hellenic Open University (since 2009).
In 2009 he was a Fulbright Art Scholar at the Columbia University in New York. Between 2005 and 2006 he was a visiting researcher at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Between 2002 and 2004 he was a visiting professor in History of Culture and Visual Culture in the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design at the London Metropolitan University.

He has curated among others: the 2010 inaugural exhibition of the new founded Kunsthalle Athena in Athens, "Paint-id" (2009), an exhibition on contemporay painting in Greece at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, "Women Only" (2008), the first exhibition on post-feminism in Greece at the Cultural Foundation Margaris, "Open Plan 2007," the first international curatorial project of the Athens Art fair and the exhibition "An Outing" (2006), the first major exhibition on contemporary young Greek art at the Beltsion Collection.
He is a member of the IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art) and AICA (International Art Critics Association).