The workshop will focus on discussing different models of collaborations and their varying implications for the status of the “work of art”. We will examine texts that could serve as effective basis for theorizing collective (art)work today and will address the dangers and the responses to the politisation of artistic collaboration in the European context, with the case study of Circus of Truth project at Bozar, Brussels, 2019.
Dessislava Dimova is an art historian and curator based in Brussels and Sofia. She holds an MA in Art History from the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia and in Philosophy from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex, London. She is completing her PhD on the influence of the discourses on the “global” and “local” on the Eastern European art scenes post 1989, in the Academy of Sciences, Sofia. She is currently conducting research on Bulgarian modern and contemporary art for the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and is participating in the Confrontations: Sessions in East European Art History Research Project, UCL, London (2019-2020). Between 2017 and 2019 she curated the collaborative project Circus of Truth at Bozar, Brussels. Her other projects include the conversation series Politics without Poetics, NICC, Brussels (2014-2015); Objects moving minds in space, Focus Bulgaria, viennacontemporary (2015) and the walking lectures The Wrong Side of History, Zapaden Park Festival, Sofia (2014). Dessislava Dimova was co-curator of The Tree of Life. A Genealogy of Contemporary Bulgarian Art, One Night Stand Gallery, Sofia (2018), The Dark Side of the Night, 10th anniversary program of the Museum Nights in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2014) and Thank You for Your Understanding – 2. International Antakya Biennial, Turkey (2010).