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:
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
Who Wants to Embrace Me, performance, Riddarholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
1993 Spurlos, Potsdam, Germany
Sublima smÂ 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:
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
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
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:
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.