Lecturer in: 2008
Iara Boubnova, 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 1984, she lives in Sofia, Bulgaria and works at the National Gallery for Foreign Art as 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.
Among her other important curatorial projects are “Eurasia. Cross-overs in Art” at MART, Italy - 2008; “Long Time No See”, the inaugural exhibition of Museum auf Abruf, Vienna; “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, Yugoslavia (1997); the 4th St. Petersburg Biennial (1996); the 4th Istanbul Biennial (1995); and the 22nd Sao Paulo Biennial (1994).
Iara Boubnova is President of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) Bulgaria, a Board Member of the International Foundation Manifesta, a Member 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).
Iara Boubnova is the founding Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia.