About

SWIMMING POOL is a non-profit art project space and organization in Sofia, founded in 2015. Its focus lies on artist and curatorial research, collaborative approaches, art education and art politics. It is located on a central rooftop with an empty pool built in the 1930’s.

We organize exhibitions, performances, screenings, events and discussions to support Bulgarian art locally and abroad, while opening up the local context to international artists, curators and writers. Our program involves collaborations with similar independent organizations as well as with larger public institutions, at home and across Europe, such as Art in General / New York, David Dale Gallery / Glasgow, Jindřich Chalupecký Society / Prague, Е.М.М.А / Madrid,  Alma Mater Gallery at the Sofia University and National Library in Sofia. During the last years, we also started to experiment with more structural approaches so as to tap into the potential of non-institutionalized ways of learning. Part of this have been exchanges and residencies with international art schools, such as the National Art Academy / Sofia, Kunsthochschule Mainz, Piet Zwart Institute / Rotterdam, “Master of Voice” at Sandberg Institute / Amsterdam and the Pure Fiction Class at the Staedelschule / Frankfurt. Since 2018, we run a yearly curatorial school where we gather with art practitioners  to discuss purpose and future of small-scale organizations, such as independent project spaces, collectives and long-term curatorial projects. Another long-term project run by the space is Sofia Art Map, a non-commercial initiative to support the diversity and collaborations of Sofia’s independent art scene.

Swimming Pool was founded by curator, writer and educator Viktoria Draganova who organizes its artistic program.

In 2020 Swimming Pool is supported by National Cultural Fund.

Team members

2016  – Gergana Todorova (associate curator)

2017 – Kalina Gotzeva, Tsvetomira Borisova and Radina Ivanova (interns)

2018 – Jacqueline Karakoleva, Lubov Cheresh, Christian Levchev, Hristo Kaloyanov and Viviane Patrouilleau (interns)

2019 – Tsvetina Taneva (intern), Ida Tauskova (assistant) and Krisztián Török (assistant Curatorial School)

2020/2021 – Galena Sardamova (assistant).

 

SWIMMING POOL is run by the Blue Cube Foundation.

This web page has been designed by Tobias Donat.
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We are thankful to all the people who supported our program through the years, including

Programa Kultura (Sofia), Gaudenz B. Ruf Award, Cultural Center of Sofia University, Foundation “Professor Ivan Spasov” (Plovdiv), Know-How / Show-How, German School (Sofia), Goethe-Institut (Sofia), Ifa, OCA, Iaspis, Department of Arts & Culture (Republic of South Africa), Wash-World (Frankfurt), Art in General (New York), David Dale Gallery and Studios (Glasgow), Æther (Sofia), the fridge (Sofia), LambdaLambdaLambda, Galerie Tobias Naehring, Galerie DREI

AMICA, Brava Casa, Programata, Kapital Light, dnevnik.bg, Boyscoutmag, Schirn MAG, Art Viewer, ViewSofia, Sofia Live, Bulgarian National Radio, KubaParis, Daily Lazy, Mousse Magazine, Calvert Magazine

Valko Chobanov, Krassimira Kirova, Dimitar Shopov, Trifon Tashev, Martina Vacheva, Ina Valentinova, Mary Walling Blackburn, Laurel Ptak (Art in General), Max Slaven (David Dale Gallery), Stefania Batoeva, Goran Chanter, Toby Christian, Dessislava Dimova, Pavel Naydenov, Voin Voinov, Dimitar Nakov, Eva Perchemlieva-Takanova, Nedialcho Todorov, Vasilka Spasova, Antoinette Koleva, Maria Boyadjieva-Luizova, Iliya Kozhuharov, Jeck Brannan, Mark von Schlegell, Philippe Pirotte, Helga Bärnarp, Lisa Gutscher, Arjan Jarry, Ryan Karlsson, Luzie Meyer, John Ryaner, Mahsa Saloor, Gery Georgieva, Desislava Pancheva, Mitko Mitkov, Rosa Aiello, Antonia Alampi, Neven Allgeier, Iskra Atanassova, Florian Auer, Bianca Baldi, Max Brand, Svetozar Benchev, Sebastian Burger, Clare Butcher, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Lucinda Dayhew, Tobias Donat, Stanimir Genov, Ed Fornieles, Charlie Froud, Tiril Hasselknippe, Christiana Ilieva, Rumyana Kaisheva, Martin Kohout, Stefan Krastev, Hanne Lippard, Luci Lippard, Margarida Mendes, Michele Di Menna, Snejanka Mihailova, Vladiya Mihailova, Shana Moulton, Pakui Hardware, Olga Pedan, Deian Petkov, Lorenzo Sandoval, Peter Sit, Kalina Terzieva, Stefka Tsaneva, Gergana Todorova, Vivien Trommer, Tore Wallert, Anna Zacharoff, Dardan Zhegrova, etc etc etc

Dimitar Apostolov, Yana Lozeva, Mihail Novakov, Lubomir Draganov, Rumen Draganov, Kalina Gotseva, Radina Ivanova, Tsvetomira Borisova, MW Logistica, IviArt

All artists. All friends. All supporters. All collaborators. THANK YOU!

  • Navine G. Khan-Dosos and Viktoria Draganova in conversation on the opening of Pool Paintings Part I at Swimming Pool, 2018. Photo: Lubomir Draganov
    Navine G. Khan-Dosos and Viktoria Draganova in conversation on the opening of Pool Paintings Part I at Swimming Pool, 2018. Photo: Lubomir Draganov
  • Installation view Navine G. Khan-Dossos: Pool Paintings Part I at Swimming Pool, 2018. Photo: Yana Lozeva.
    Installation view Navine G. Khan-Dossos: Pool Paintings Part I at Swimming Pool, 2018. Photo: Yana Lozeva.
  • Installation view "Balconia" © SWIMMING POOL. Photo: Mihail Novakov
    Installation view "Balconia" © SWIMMING POOL. Photo: Mihail Novakov
  • Interconnection, installation view. From left: Tabita Rezaire, Deep Down Tidal, video, 19 minutes, 2017, Catherine Biocca, Marine IV, painting, oil on canvas, video, 9 minutes, 2019. Photo: Tomáš Souček
    Interconnection, installation view. From left: Tabita Rezaire, Deep Down Tidal, video, 19 minutes, 2017, Catherine Biocca, Marine IV, painting, oil on canvas, video, 9 minutes, 2019. Photo: Tomáš Souček
  • © Swimming Pool. Photo: Mihail Novakov.
    © Swimming Pool. Photo: Mihail Novakov.
  • Max Brand, Untitled, 2016. Installation view "States of Flux: After The Splash", at Swimming Pool, 2016. Photo: Mihail Novakov.
    Max Brand, Untitled, 2016. Installation view "States of Flux: After The Splash", at Swimming Pool, 2016. Photo: Mihail Novakov.
  • 6 Curatorial school Discussion with Laurel Ptak and Vladiya Mihaylova
  • Curatorial School 2019. Photo: Swimming Pool.
  • Exchange project between National Art Academy, Sofia and Kunsthochschule Mainz, 2019. Photo: Swimming Pool.
    Exchange project between National Art Academy, Sofia and Kunsthochschule Mainz, 2019. Photo: Swimming Pool.
  • Concert with Olga Pedan and Jack Brennan as part of "Considered Living", at Swimming Pool, 2019. Photo: Swimming Pool.
    Concert with Olga Pedan and Jack Brennan as part of "Considered Living", at Swimming Pool, 2019. Photo: Swimming Pool.
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  • Installation view "us", at Swimming Pool, 2015. Photo: Mihail Novakov.
    Installation view "us", at Swimming Pool, 2015. Photo: Mihail Novakov.