Focus Institutions

The Possible Institution

Miryana Todorova
Between Gestures and Actions

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“Between Gestures and Actions” is a project meant to investigate the way we think of desire and freedom. Or rather, the way we can use desire to experience freedom differently.

Multiple gestures and actions moving from painting to architecture, from performance to public space will be conducted along with many readings and conversations both in English and Bulgarian.

How can we foster more direct links between body and architecture and strengthen the forces within ourselves?

How ready are we to embody what we want to achieve when struggling for more power endlessly?

How can we disrupt the everyday and make people break patterns without prejudice?

How much permission are we giving ourselves and how can unleash our feelings even if lingering in awkward moments?

How can we make collective actions more possible?

Maybe we need to build our own temple?

Then tear it down.


Miryana Todorova (b.1984 Sofia, Bulgaria) is a visual artist who lives and works between Sofia and New York. Her projects combine painting, performance, video, movable architecture and public interventions. Miryana holds a BFA and MFA Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, NY. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Europe and the US among which: "Palace Out of Sheds" at Structura Gallery, Sofia, "Performative" at Baahng&Co gallery, NY, "Movables" at frosch&portmann gallery, NY, "Being" at the Storefront for Art & Architecture, NY, "Movement of the Whole" at INDA gallery, Budapest, "Disconsent" at the Center for Contemporary Art - the Ancient Bath, Plovdiv, and "dissident desire" at District, Berlin. Miryana is the recipient of the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for Young Artist (2011) and was a resident and fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2012), ZK/U-Center for Art & Urbanistics (2013), BRIC (2014), and Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (2016). She has been featured in publications such as Artforum, TimeOut NY, Blouin Artinfo, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Kultura Magazine.