About Me

about

picture by Rene Beekman

Contact me at:

email: albena.baeva@gmail.com
tel: +359886861102
address:
ul. Elisaveta Bagryana 14, office 4
1111 Sofia
Bulgaria

 

Albena Baeva works at the intersection of art, technology and social science. In her interactive installations for urban spaces and galleries, she uses ML and AI, physical computing, creative coding, and DIY practices.

Albena has two MAs; in Restoration and Digital Arts from the National Academy of Art in Sofia. She received an Everything is Just Fine commission from the Bulgarian Fund for Women (2019), won the international Essl Art Award for contemporary art (2011) and the VIG Special Invitation (2011).

Albena is a co-founder of Runabout project, a platform for new performance instruments, the studio for interactive design Reaktiv and gallery Gallery.

Her work was shown in museums for contemporary art including Essl (Austria, 2011), EMMA (Finland, 2013), MCV Vojvodina (Serbia, 2015 and 2019), galleries and festivals for video and performance in Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Switzerland, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and the USA.

Selected Exhibitions and Performances

2020

In-contact, dance performance, choreographer Agnija Seiko, lighthouse Nida, N-zeme festival (LTU)

Life After: The Garden of Artificial Delights, online exhibition, Gallery Gallery (BG)

Quarantäne 13, online group exhibiton, Quarantäne Artist Collective (DE)

Everything’s Right, group show, gallery Doza, Sofia (BG) 

2019

Dangerous Creatures Living in The Deep, gallery Gallery, Sofia (BG)

Perception of Contemporaneity – Universal Sea, c. by  Kojić (SRB) and  Loeser (DE), central exhibition for the festival Danube Dialogues, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina (SRB)

Electric Dreams, exhibition, gallery +359, Sofia (BG) 

Pavement Fragments, site specific installation, part of BFW project Sense of a city: Inclusive, Safe and Sustainable Plovdiv,  Proslav and Trakia neighbourhoods, Plovdiv (BG)

The Sheep, The Snake, The Bitch and Their Pig, solo exhibition, Contemporary space, Varna (BG)

2018

Beyond Words, Mardin Bienali, German Headquaters, Mardin (TR)

2017

Shifting Layers, group exhibition, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia (BG)

The Sheep, The Snake, The Bitch and Their Pig, solo exhibition, Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia (BG)

Elysium, group exhibition, Noville, Berlin (DE)

Shopping and Fucking by Mark Ravenhill, directed by Mariy Rosen, video and interaction for theatre play, Mr. Bricolage (BG)

2016

                         Landscapes and Nudes, exhibition, Project space of ASU Art Museum, AZ (US)

                         Friendly Little Creatures, curatorial project for group exhibition, Sofia (BG)

                         Dior In Moscow, video for dance-theatre performance, Klaipeda (LT)

                         Peace To You, video for theatre performance, Sofia (BG)

2015

                       E.U.E.R.P.I, audio-visual performance, Our Lady Church, Copenhagen (DK)

Yordan Parushev Competition, group exhibition at Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Paris (FR)

The Baazar, presentation of Identity Move Residency Project, Prague (CZE)

WonderLab, group exhibition, Museum for Contemporary Art Voivodina, Novi Sad (SRB)

Only The Two of Us, documental exhibition, Suspacious space, Sofia (BG)

Being Post-Digital, group exhibition, Society of Artists Gallery, Plovdiv (BG)

2014

Archaeologies, solo exhibition, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia (BG)

Living in Post-socialism, video art from Bulgaria, gallery Meno Parkas, Kaunas (LT)

Nominee Exhibition BAZA Award for Contemporary Art, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia (BG)

What If, solo exhibition, Contemporary Space Gallery, Varna (BG)

Sudden Streets, performance, Runabout project, Sofia, Varna, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo (BG)

2013

MiReLa, interactive installation for public space, with studio Reaktiv, city centre, Sofia (BG)

The Eyes of Others, interactive video for a theatrical performance, Ivan Vazov National Theatre, Sofia (BG)

Azamen, interactive dance performance, Runabout project, Dimanche Rouge Festival, EMMA, Espoo (FI)

2012

ARTeFACT, interactive video for a dance performance, Derida Dance, Sofia, Varna, Lymasol, Budapest, Chur (BG/CY/HUN/CHE/SVN)

The DNA of Words II, sound performance, Runabout project, Kornfeld Gallery, Berlin (DE)

Young Art from CEE, VIG Special Invitation exhibition, Ringturm, Vienna (AUT)

Hello World, group exhibition, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia (BG)

2011

Essl Art Award CEE: Winners exhibition, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg (AUT)

Baza Art Award: Nominees’ Exhibition, Sofia City Gallery, Sofia (BG)

Transform, international group exhibition, Foreign Art Gallery, Sofia (BG)

2010

Bergeron Experiment, audio-visual performance, Runabout project, Digital Art Festival, Sofia (BG)

Universal meeting, site specific interactive installation for public space, city centre, Sofia (BG)

Imagine, short video, 3H+K Gallery, Pori (FI)

Up:Down, interactive installation, co-work with P. Boyukova,  Nights of the museums Plovdiv (BG)

 

 Prizes

2019

Everything is Fine, award by Bulgarian Fund for Women

2011

Essl Art Award CEE

Vienna Insurance Group Special Invitation

 

Residencies

2020                         Mutek Ai Art Lab, Monreal

2016                          CES ArtsLink Residency, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

2014                          Identity.Move! Project, artistic residency in Athens

2012                          Derida Dance Center Residency, Sofia

2011                           Orientational workshop at STEIM, Amsterdam

 

Education

2008-2010

MA programme Digital Arts, thesis project “FallControl“, National Academy of Arts, Sofia

March-May 2007

Academy of Fine Arts, Macerata, Italy, programme Erasmus

2003-2008

MA programme Restoration, thesis project “Restoration of fresco fragment”, National Academy of Arts, Sofia