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Maja Spasova

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My work shows both elements of installation, performance – episodically reconstructed events in a milieu which is often city, and the character of more or less integrated forms found in the urban landscape.
The point of departure is an idea where the message has both poetic and existential character. Aesthetically I am at home in the conceptual traditions of art and I always address a larger part of the beholder than merely the cognitive and reflecting aspect. I contemplate the fundamental conditions of life in my art.
Sound is an essential aspect of my work, but not the only one, because I use many different matters. I do not produce esthetic objects. My art is more a way of producing relations and processes even in the cases when the final result is an object or an installation or a book etc.
My works are always in relation to a certain room, physical or mental, and to those who take part in it by looking, moving around, listening, feeling, speaking.
I have located many of my projects in urban public places; my expressed desire is to reach people who are not part of the professional art system while also being connected with a more fundamental desire to eradicate the differences between art and life.
In the numerous art works for public space, as well in installations and performances for the white cube, I put a lot of careful work in which I assume the double role of initiator and project leader. The advanced technological elements that I often use mean that the works develop in dialogue with technical expertise in accordance with accepted scientific methods, but also together with audience, public, nature, the unpredictable chance.


Maja Spasova has been presented at international exhibitions and festivals such as Venice Biennial, ARTEC Nagoya, Dak’art Senegal etc. She has more than 100 solo shows at art museums and galleries in Europe and overseas. She has realized numerous art projects in public space in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, USA and is represented in public and private collections all over the world.

Education: Art College, Sofia 1974 – 78; The Academy of Fine Art, Sofia 1979 – 84; guest student at The Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm, 1986 – 87.

Exhibitions and projects:

2016 Imagistic, Cardiff, UK                                                                                                         Calling Your Name, perormance, Djerassi Foundation, CA, US

2015 Musée du dessin et de l’estampe originale, Gravelines, France                                         To Be A Heart, sight-specific sound installation in the crypt of the Cathedral of Lund, Sweden                                                                                                                                   The Golden Rope, urban sight-specific installation, the Cathedral of Lund, Sweden                 Ruby, Vandalorum Art Museum, Sweden                                                                   Attention! You Are Leaving The Human Zone, Varnamo, Sweden

2014 On screen, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK ​                                                             Museum of Public Art, Lund, Sweden                                                                                 L'art en lieux, Artotheque du Limousin, France ​                                                               Bindu, performance, Durbar Square Kathmandu, Nepal                                                             лук [luc]: onion, The Bogliasco Foundation, Italy

2013 Gallery Factory-Art, Berlin, Germany                                                                               Bright Shiny Me, site-specific installation for VCCA and UVA, VA, USA                         Imagistic, Cardiff, UK                                                                                                      Project Notes, in progress in UK, Germany, Malta, USA                                                     Gallery Yvon Lambert, Paris, France

2012 Project 35W, urban installation, Minneapolis, USA
Project Min Älskling/My Darling, urban sound installation, Stockholm Culture festival, SE
The Mask – ongoing interactive video project, Stockholm Fringe Festival, Sweden
Museum for Public Art, Lund, Sweden

2011 The Elbows of Zen, installation, VermontStudioCenter, USA
PSSST, outdoor installation for European Culture Capital, Turku, Finland
Studio SUMU, Turku, Finland
Espacio MenosUno, Madrid, Spain
Hambidge Fall Festival, GA, USA
Gallery Titanik, Turku, Finland

2010 MediaLab Prado, Madrid, Spain
Migrations and Encounters, Palacio de la Mosquera, Arenas de San Pedro, Spain
Foundation Ricard, Paris, France

2009 Zeppelin 2009, Festival of Sound Art, Barcelona, Spain
The Diamond of Sancy, outdoor installation, Murol, France
Kronprinzenpalais, Berlin, Germany
White Meadow, outdoor installation, Ragdale Foundation, Chicago, USA
Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden
Gallery Signal, Malmö, Sweden
CD-album “Maja af Svea”, published by Olof Bright, Sweden

2008 Gallery Gösta Bergman, Stockholm, Sweden

2007 Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden
Art Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden
I had a Dream Last Night, project for Stockholm Culture Festival, Sweden
Lange Nacht der Museen, Berlin, Germany
N. O. Gallery, Milano, Italy
Res Publica, Stadthaus Zürich, Switzerland

2006 Sonoric perspectives, The Art Museum, Ystad, Sweden
Art Feminism, Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Hälsinglands museum, Hudiksvall, Sweden
Art au fèminin, Auxerre, France
Projekt Geheimnisse, Berlin, Germany
Outdoor installation at Hackeche Höfe, Berlin, Germany
Bed and Breakfast, outdoor installation, off Biennial Dak’art, Senegal

2005 Art Feminism, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden
European Ceramic Workcentre – EKWC, Den Bosch, Holland

2004 Museum of Arts, BorÂs, Sweden
schwEDEN, Swedish Embassy, Berlin, Germany
Lange Nacht der Museen, Berlin, Germany
Confession Funnels, 10 outdoor installations, Stockholm, Sweden
Heaven and Earth, permanent installation, Helsingborg, Sweden
The Arch of Thanks, outdoor installation, Helsingborg, Sweden
Cajarc, Centre d’art contemporain Georges Pompidou, France
Spring Salon, Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Project Secrets, Liljevalchs konsthall/The Blue Gate, Stockholm, Sweden
Installation, The Church of Sofia, Stockholm, Sweden

2003 Spring Salon, Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
The Garden of Senses, permanent installation, Pankow, Berlin, Germany
Project Secrets, Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

2002 Naughty Angels, permanent interactive installation, Stockholm, Sweden 
Postfuhramt, Berlin, Germany
The Last Judgement, performance, Berlin, Germany

2001 European Ceramic Workcentre – EKWC, Den Bosch, Holland
The Arch of Thanks, outdoor installation, Alexanderstrasse, Berlin, Germany
World Festival of Works on Paper, Ljubljana, Slovenia
The Wall of Dreams and Hopes, permanent outdoor installation, Linköping, Sweden

2000 Grosse Kunstausstellung, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
The Last Judgement, performance, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum of Arts, BorÂs, Sweden

1999 The Dreams’ Place, permanent outdoor installation, Linköping, Sweden
Zwei aus funfundzwanzig, DW Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Performance, Swedish PEN, Stockholm, Sweden

1998 Winged, permanent installation, SOS-centre, Stockholm, Sweden
The Diary of Laughter, project on the Internet
The Tower of Laughter, sound installation, Klangturm, St. Pölten, Austria
Centre national de l’estampe et de l’art imprimè, Paris, France
The Gap of Truth, sound installation, The Church of Revelation, Stockholm, Sweden
Mirror, Mirror, sound installation, Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris, France

1997 Impossible projects, Chicago, USA
Medium 4, St. Gheorghe, Rumania

1996 Orte, book project, Germany
Gratias, L’atelier parisien, Paris, France
A Romantic Tour on Seine, performance, Paris, France
Dessein de desseins, Heartless, Paris, France
Video and sound installation, Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris, France

1995 On board, Aperto, Venice Biennial, Italy
Artec, Nagoya, Japan
Multimediale 4, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany
The Grey Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Creations, The Church of Kestad, Sweden

1994 RIX, Linköping, Sweden
ArsBaltika, Sweden
AnnArtFestival, Rumania
Who Wants to Embrace Me, performance, Riddarholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

1993 Spurlos, Potsdam, Germany
Sublima sm stunder, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
Kling-klang-plan, sound installation, central railway station, Stuttgart, Germany
Rund um die Kuppel, Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
Flags, Lidköping, Sweden
Birdmirrors, sound installation in TrädgÂrdsföreningen, Linköping, Sweden
Meiner Zeit in Solitude, book project, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany

1992 The Cocktail Party, Stavanger Speculum Festival, Norway
Jönköping läns museum, Sweden
Stockholm Water Festival, Sweden 
Tegel, Bohusläns Museum/Art Gallery, Uddevalla, Sweden
Art Fair, Hamburg, Germany

1991 The Pleasure Garden, installation at Gallery Enkehuset, Stockholm, Sweden
Kling-klang-plan, sound installation, metro station Odenplan, Stockholm, Sweden
Project Riksgata-FÂgelgatan, Stockholm, Sweden

1990 Museum of Arts, BorÂs, Sweden
Sommer Atelier, Hannover, Germany
The Labyrint, installation, BorÂs, Sweden

1989 Travelling Light, Lake Mälaren, Strängnäs, Sweden
Kronhuset, Gothenburg, Sweden
Performance in the metro, Stockholm, Sweden
The Temple, installation at Fristadstorget, Eskilstuna, Sweden
National Museum, Struga, Macedonia
Gallery Konstcentrum, Gothenburg, Sweden

1988 Happening, the bay of Sölvesborg, Sweden
Gallery Diana, Stockholm, Sweden
MiniPrint International, Barcelona, Spain
City Gallery, Halmstad, Sweden
Wadköpings Konsthall, Örebro, Sweden

1987 Happening, Plaza Callao, Madrid, Spain
1986 Nordic Art Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland
1984 Youth Theatre, Sofia, Bulgaria

Grants, awards and AiR:
Bildkonstnärsfonden, Sweden
IASPIS, Sweden
The City of Stockholm, Sweden
The Swedish Institute
Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Längmanska kulturfonden, Sweden
Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse, Sweden
Göran Lagervalls stiftelse, Sweden                                                                                             The Swedish Church Cultural Award                                                                                   Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany                                                                 Zentrum für Kunst und Medienteknologie, Karlsruhe, Germany                                               The City of Berlin, Germany                                                                                          Swedish Embassy Berlin, Germany                                                                                 DRAC, Marseille, France                                                                                 Niederösterreichische Kulturszene, Austria                                                                       European Ceramic Workcentrer, Den Bosch, Holland                                                    SUMU, Turku, Finland                                                                                                 Djerassi, CA, USA​ ​                                                                                                                The Bogliasco Foundation, NY, USA                                                                             Ragdale Foundation, USA                                                                                              Vermont Studio Center, USA                                                                                         Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, USA                                                               Hambidge, GA, USA                                                                                                       Swedish Embassy Washington DC, USA                                                                              Can Serrat, Spain                                                                                                             Espacio Menosuno, Madrid, Spain                                                                                   Swedish Embassy Madrid, Spain                                                                                              St James Cavalier Center for Creativity, Valletta, Malta 

Selected book publications:

2014 "Maja Spasova, Drawings" by Maja Spasova and Elisabet Haglund, published by Arena, Sweden.
2013 “Contemporary art for ordinary people” by M. Djurlikowska, A. Olofsson and others, published by Sveriges Konstforeningar, Sweden.
2011 "Rörlig konstruktion = Mobile art Production" by Magdalena Malm and others, publisher: Axl Books, Sweden.
2010 “Plats, poetik och politik” by Fagerström och Haglund, publisher: Arena, Sweden.
2009 “Maja af Svea”sound art by Maja Spasova, text by Thomas Millroth, publisher: OlofBright, Sweden.
2007 ”Maja Spasova” by Anders Olofsson, Beate Sydhoff and Niclas Östlind, publisher: Arena, Sweden.
2006 “The Ceramic Process” by Anton Reijnders, publisher: A & C, UK.
2005 “Konstfeminism” by Anna Livion Ingvarsson, Barbro Wekmäster and Niclas Östlind, publisher: Atlas, Sweden.
2004 “Hemligheter” by Maja Spasova, publisher: En Bok för Alla, Sweden.
1997 ”ZKM” by Katharina Würm and Elisabeth Clegg, publisher: Prestel, USA.
1995 “On board” by Jerome Sans, publisher: Ritter, Austria.
1994 “Swedish Samples” by Christian Chambert, Ingela Lind, Daniel Birnbaum, publisher: Propexus, Sweden.
1993 “Ein Buch über Stuttgart; Chronik meiner Zeit in Solitude” by Maja Spasova, publisher: Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany.
1993 „Vingspeglar“ by Ingamaj Beck, publisher: Natur och Kultur, Sweden.
1993 ”Sublima Små Stunder” by Elisabeth Haitto and Olof Wallenstein, publisher: National Museum Stockholm, Sweden.

Recent Exhibits

Maja Spasova participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2014 The Diamond of Sancy, Question Mark, Black Thought & Grey Thought
Saatchi Gallery
Feb, 2013 LOVE (Just a chemical reaction?)
Factory-Art gallery
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