Name: Nia Pushkarova

“Nia Pushkarova is a multimedia artist, curator and founder of Water tower art fest. In her work, she deals with issues connected to feminism, localism, geopolitics, while she connects conceptual and political oriented practice with moments of autobiographical and poetic.

Moreover, no matter if she creates personal artwork or organizes big scale events, interconnected with contemporary art like festivals and residencies, she is consistent in her strivings for experimenting trough different mediums, images and issues, which lead to extremely personal revelations.” Nadejda Djakova – Curator and Director of SAMCA – Sofia Arsenal Museum of Contemporary arts

Nia Pushkarova graduated Fine Art from Reading University, UK 1995, won a Kodak award upon her graduation. She has been the founder and Director of NGO IME since 2004, responsible for organizing Water tower art fest, also she is part of Artist Initiative Network since 2014; and a cofounder and  member of Bulgarian Festival Association. She had numerous of participations both as an artist and organizer across the world, most recent are: A juror of 21st International show at “Woman made gallery”, Chicago, 2018 ; Nakanojo Biennale, Japan 2017 ; Participation at EFFE Festival academy, Atelier for young festival managers, Chiang Mai 2016; Participation at PARABIOSIS 3,”Communication and co-existence”, Chongqing, China, 2016 ; Participation at Mexico, Coahuila “RAYA EN EL AGUA”.

Chairwoman of NGO-IME since 2004
Curator and organizer of Water tower art fest

Member of the Board of Directors of Bulgarian Festival Association
EFFE award of European Festival Label year 2015-16


1991-1995 BA in Fine arts, Reading University, UK,
1985-1989 Trojan Collage of Arts, specialising ceramics


BA Honors in Fine Arts
ICCM, Salzburg, Austria – art management diploma


2019- Organizing Water tower art residency #3
2019 – Solo exhibition at Gallery Serdika – Summer 2019
2019 – Participation at Week of contemporary arts in Plovdiv 2019
2019 – Participation at White Rabbit fest Sofia with performance
2019 – Organizing AIM meetings Plovdiv 2019
2019 – Participation at Biennale Internazionale Donna Trieste, Italy
2019 – Participation in group ER collective performance “In search of G-spot” at Sofia Underground
2019 –Artists at Residency at Ne-Na arts space, Chiang Mai Thailand
2019- Performance participation at Low Fat Art Fest, Bangkok, Thailand
2018 – Solo show “Art with working hours” dedicated to women raised in socialism at Gallery Geshov ,Sofia
2018 – A juror of 21st International show at “Woman made gallery”, Chicago
2018 – Curator of Water tower art residency – Social development through creative practice
2017 – Participation at Bulgarian Pavilion ”Distant Relatives” at Nakanojo Biennale 2017, Japan – with video performance as well as curator
2017 – Organizing Water tower art residency 2017 – participation with performance – “Predisposition limited by circumstance” at old train Depot Poduene
2017 – Participation at “Art Now Live tour” 2017 – Athens and Venice- performance “Bulgarian Pavilion” at Venice biennale
2017-  Participation at “Staichki”, group show Blagoevgrad curator Sasho Stoicov
2016 – Participation at EFFE Festival academy, Atelier for young festival managers, Chiang Mai 2016 2016 –Participation at PARABIOSIS 3,”Communication and co-existence” , Chongqing, China
2016 – participation at Mexico, Coahuila “RAYA EN EL AGUA”
2016 – Participating at Art Walk Kimolos, Greece
2016 – Water tower art fest – organizer and curator
2016 – Wroclaw – Aim meeting participation exhibition
2016 – “Cool is the rule- reinvent oneself” – Schillerpalais, Berlin, Germany, collaborative project with Cathrine Constanse Gjelsnes/Norway
2015 – Solo exhibition at Gallery Arosita, Sofia
2015 – Participation at Nakanojo Biennale, Japan
2015 – Water tower art fest – curator and participation with photo installation “Epilogue”
2015 – Mallorca, Spain exhibition at Benissalem photo and paintings “13:15 Laxenberg”
2015 – Participation at Setup Art Fair, Bologna – Arte contemporanea presented by gallery Rieti
2014 – Curator and organizer of Water tower art fest, participating as artist with glass mural and video installation

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