Bio / narative form

Krassimir Terziev was born in Dobritch in 1969. He received Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Sofia University (2012) and MA in Painting at National Academy of Atrs, Sofia. Member of ICA - Sofia.

His solo exhibitions include: The look objects give us looking back through us, Yuzina Gallery, Sofia, 2016; Between the Past that is About to Happen and the Future that has Already Been, the National Gallery, Sofia / Dobritch Art Gallery (2015); Cosmopolis, ICA-Sofia, Sofia (2013); Background Action, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Sofia City Art Gallery (2008/2007); Making Movies, Galeria Noua (2007).

Some of the international exhibitions he took part in include: Grammar of Freedom / Five Lessons. Works from the Arteast 2000+ Collection, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Art for Change 1985-2015, Sofia Art Gallery, Sofia; Mythologies, 3rd Mardin Biennial, Turkey (2015); Disconsent, Center for Contemporary Art “The Ancient Bath”, Plovdiv (2014); Rencontres Internationales, Cineteca of Madrid; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Scramble for the Past, SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul; (2012); Beyond Credit. Contemporary Art and Mutual Trust, Sanat Limanı, Antrepo, Istanbul (2010); Extras & Actors, Argos vzw Centre for Art and Media, Brussels (2009); The Projection Project, MuHKA, Antwerp; Mucsarnok/Kunsthalle Budapest (2006); Cinema like never before, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin (2006-07); New Video, New Europe, TATE Modern, London, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Renaissance Society, Chicago, The Kitchen, NY (2003-05). 

His films and videos have been programmed at festivals: Visions Du Reel, Nyon Documentary Film Festival; Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen, Montpellier; Scanners: New York Video Festival; New York Underground Film Festival; Sofia International Film Festival; Festival International Du Film De La Rochelle; Impakt, Uthreht; videopositive, Liverpool; as well as other screening programmes: "SCRAMBLE FOR THE PAST", SALT Beyoğlu, Walk-in Cinema; CINE Y CASI CINE, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Madrid.

He received a special award in Mtel Awards for Contemporary Art (2011) and Ruf Award for New Bulgarian Art (2007). His work is part of the public collections of Centre Pompidou/MNAM;  Arteast 2000+ Collection, Moderna Galerija  LjubljanaSofia City Art Gallery; Kunstsammlung Hypovereinsbank; Art Project Depot, among others.


Krassimir Terziev

Born, 8 December 1969. Lives and works in Sofia, BG.



Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, Sofia University, Sofia


MA/Painting, National Academy of Fine Arts Sofia



Transitional Newspaper, 05,05 - 05, 06, 2016, Public space intrvention, Newspapr kiosk, Sofia

Some Gadgets see people, others - other gadgets, 09.04. - 29.04, 2016, Contemporary Space, Varna; Curated by Maria Vassileva

The look objects give us looking back through us, Yuzina Gallery, Sofia; Curated by Maria Vassileva


Between the Past That is About to Happen and the Future That has Already Been, National Gallery, Sofia/ Dobrich Art Gallery, Dobrich, Bulgaria; Curated by Iara Boubnova*


Off the Record, One Night Stand Gallery, Sofia


Cosmopolis, ICA-Sofia, Sofia; Curated by Iara Boubnova


Missing Scenes, Eibank Gallery, Sofia; Curated by Svetlana Koyumdjieva

Background Action, Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; Curated by Iris Dressler/ Hans.D. Christ*


Making Movies, Galeria Noua, Bucharest; Curated by Aurora Kirali

Background Action, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia; Curated by Maria Vassileva*


Remote Resemblances, Goethe-Institut Sofia, Sofia


Excuse me, which City is this?, ATA Center /Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia; Curated by Iara Boubnova*


Kulturkontat Guest Studios (with Kalina Dimitrova), Davidgasse 10, Vienna


On the BG Track, Belgrade Cultural Center, Belgrade


Reality Pixels, Irida Gallery, Sofia


Everything seems to be all right, The Kitchen, NYC


Let’s Dance. Clothes for Collective Life, XXL Gallery, Sofia




Social Contract, Izolyatsia, Kiev, Curated by Kateryna Filyuk

Pies in the Skies, Argos Centre for Art & Media, Brussels

Let Them Draw, Sariev Gallery, Plovdiv; Curated by Pravdolyub Ivanov


Focus Bulgaria | Vienna ContemporaryVienna Contemporary; Curated by Vessela Nozharova, Iara Boubnova
Being Post-digital, One Design Week, UPA, Plovdiv; Curated by Rene Beekman
South by Southeast, Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong; Curated by Anca Verona Mihuleţ and Patrick Flores
Si tu veux voir le monde, ferme tes yeux: part 1, Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels
Grammar of Freedom / Five Lessons: Works from ARTEAST 2000+ Collection, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Curated by Zdenka Badovinac, Snejana Krasteva, and Bojana Piškur
Mythologies, 3rd Mardin Biennial, Mardin, Turkey
Art for Change 1985-2015, Sofia City Art Gallery; Curated by Maria Vassileva


Prehod for Sale, ICA-Sofia; Curated by Iara Boubnova
The Romanian-Bulgarian Union. A retrospective, Salonul de Projecte, Anexa, National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest; Curated by Vlad Nancă
Disconsent, Center for Contemporary Art “The Ancient Bath”, Plovdiv; Curated by Iara Boubnova
Know Thyself, ICA-Sofia Gallery, Sofia; Curated by Iara Boubnova


New Acquisitions in the Black Box. Argos Centre for Art & Media, Brussels
A Possible History. Bulgarian art through the Sofia City Gallery collection, Sofia City Gallery, Sofia


Scramble for the Past. Video Program, Walk-in Cinema, SALT Beyoğlu
Why Dushamp? From object to museum and back (125 years), Sofia Arsenal Museum of Contemporary Art, Sofia; curator: Maria Vassileva
Group Show, 0GMS Gallery, Sofia.


Unlimited – Award for Contemporary Bulgarian Art, Sofia
Spare Time. Utopias on the verge of the Commonness, 
National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia; curator: Boris Danailov
After the Flight, ICA-Sofia, Sofia; curator: Iara Boubnova
The Big Bang, Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia; curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva


Museum Souvenirs, ICA-Sofia, Sofia * 
The Big Wave, Varna City Art Gallery, Varna; curator: Maria Vassileva *
Beyond Credit. Contemporary Art and Mutual Trust, Sanat Limanı, Antrepo, Istanbul; curators: Iara Boubnova, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Maria Vassileva *
Territories of the (in)Human, Wuertembergischer Kunstverein - Stuttgart; 
curators: Iris Dressler, Hans D. Christ *
Grenzenloss, Artpoint Gallery, Vienna; curator: Hedwig Saxenhuber
Breaking Walls - Building Networks, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; curators: Iara Boubnova, Lydia Chatziiakovou, Christos Savvidis, Thalea Stefanidou *
Wale und Aale, Ve.Sch, Vienna; curator: Lazar Lyutakov
Transitland. Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009, SPACE Gallery, Bratislava


Extras & Actors, Argos vzw Centre for Art and Media, Brussels *
Technics, ICA-Sofia Gallery, Sofia; curators: Iara Boubnova, Maria Vassileva *
Liquid Frontiers, Lille 3000, Lille; curator: Iara Boubnova *
Atlantis I. Hidden Histories – New Identities. Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall; Curator: Emil Mirazchiev, co-curator: Jakob Racek


Zero Gravity, Contemporary Art Centre “Ancient Bath”, Plovdiv; curators: Bettina Steinbruegge, Vessela Nojarova
Transfert/ Lyon Septembre de la Photographie, IUFM/Confluences, Lyon *
Stay, Stay, Stay, Central Bath, Sofia
Primary Ingredients, Threshold artspace , Perth, UK; curator Iliyana Nedkova


Shortlist 07, Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for New Bulgarian Art, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia *
The Projection ProjectBudapest Episode, Mucsarnok/Kunsthalle, Budapest; curator Mark Kremer *
Reale Sensationen, HVB Kunstpalais, Munich, DE; curator Lóránd Hegyi
Something Common. Something Personal, Art Vienna, ICA-Sofia booth, Vienna
Searching for an Ideal Urbanity, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; curators: Fabrizio Galanti, Jean-Baptiste Joly
Kino wie noch nie, Akademie der Künste, Berlin; curators: Antje Ehmann, Harun Farocki *
Suitcase Illuminated #5. On Parallel Economy. P74 Center and Gallery, Ljubljana; Musee d'art Contemporain du Val de Marne, Paris; curators: Katia Anguelova, Alessandra Poggianti *
We Love Cinema, Hessel Museum of Art /Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; curator Ozkan Canguven
Odysseus in Search of Europe, Online project by Goethe-Institut Network
10 Years Video Art in Bulgaria, travelling exhibition, Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna; curator Adelina Popnedeleva


The Projection Project, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MuHKA); curators Mark Kremer, Edwin Carels, Dieter Roelstraete *
Wildes Kapital II, Kunsthaus Dresden; curators Cristiane Menicke, Torsten Birne, Sophie Goltz *
Kino wie noch nie, Generali Foundation, Vienna; curators: Antje Ehmann, Harun Farocki *
New Video New Europe, The Kitchen, NYC
Terziev, Serapionov, Suljevic, Beton Salon, MQ, Vienna


Play Sofia, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; curator Hedwig Saxenhuber *
Central. New Art form New Europe, BA-CA Kunstforum, Vienna *
New Video New Europe. A Survey of Eastern European Video, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Art, Grand Forks


New Video New Europe. A Survey of Eastern European Video, TATE Modern, London, UK; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, US
Impakt Festival for experimental film, video and new media, Utracht, NL
Extended Views – StadSchal, Maastricht, NL
CentralNew Art form New Europe, Galerie Hilger & Siemens Austria, Wien, At/ (C)
The Making of Balkan Wars, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopije, Mk (a project by Personal Cinema)(C).
New Video New Europe. A Survey of Eastern European Video, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA (curator Hamza Walker)(C).
The Making of Balkan Wars, Media Art Lab, ARCO 04, Madrid, Es (a project by Personal Cinema Group)(C).


9TH. Cairo Biennial – The bulgarian participation in the Bienial, Ehnaton Art Center, Cairo, Egypt. (C)
Blood Lines & Connections, Contemporary Art Museum, Denver, USA; curator Sydney Payton
Video Art BG: Contemporary Video Art from Bulgaria, Klinikum Ludwifshafen e.g., Munich, DE; curator Svilen Stefanov
Forum of European Cultural Exchanges Thessaloniki 2003, Contemporary Art Center, Thessaloniki, GR; curator Nina Vagic/Personal Cinema
Video Screening 04: Travelling Programme, Galerie Martin Janda Raum fuer Actueller Kunst, Vienna; VTO, London; Zero, Piacenza; Kurimanzutto, Mexico City; ICA, Sofia; curator of the bulgarian programme Yara Boubnova
The Last East-European Show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Yu; curators Stevan Vukovic/Dragan Todorovic; curator Galina Dimitrova (C)
Import – Export: Contemporary Art from Bulgaria, Sofia Art Gallery, Sofa, BG; curator Maria Vassileva (C)


Kontext:Europe: Impuls von Balkans, Public Art Festival, Theater des Augenblicks, Vienna, At
European Perspectives – Insbruck Art Expo, At


Hold Your Breath, Artequil Gallery/off project, Monteral; curators Galina Lardeva/BLUNT


Translocation: Media Art from South Eastern Europe, Generali Foundation, Viena, At , Curator Iara Boubnova


Ars ex Natio: Made in Bulgaria, various locations, Plovdiv, curators Iara Boubnova & Maria Vassileva
Video Positive ‘97: Virtual revolutions, Liverpool, UK




European Media Art Festival 2016, Oensabruck


OVNI Festival (Objectif Vidéo Nice), programme by Argos Centre for Art & Media, Nice


The Cinema, Argos at Art Brussels


Vidéographies21, festival des images expérimentales et numériques, Liege


Rencontres Internationales Paris, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Floating Spaces | Art Films Screenings Program, 
Teatro Paravento, Locarno; curated by la rada (Locarno), Andrea Cinel (Argos, Brussels), Mike Sperlinger (LUX , London)


Stories with Monuments, The Red House, Centre for Culture and Debate, Sofia, screening and disscussion with the authors
Videospritz. Transitland. Video arte dell'europa centro orientale 1989-2009, 
Trieste Contemporanea, Trieste
Catalogue: Transitland. Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009Interspace Media Art Center, Sofia


Conversation Pieces. CEPA Gallery, Buffallo, curators: Mariam Ghani, Sean Donaher
 - Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989 – 2009, The Red House Sofia, Sofia
Transitland. - Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989 – 2009,Transmediale, Berlin


CINE Y CASI CINE, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Madrid, ES
10 YEARS VIDEO ART IN BULGARIA, Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, BG


2-nd International Filmfestival Frankfurt, Frankfurt/Main
28e Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen, Montpellier (C)
Scanners: The 2006 New York Video Festival, NYC
Visions Du Reel
, Nyon Documentary Film Festival, Nyon (C)
Politics of Space
, in On Difference #2, Württembergischer Kunsverein, Stuttgart; curators Iris Dressler, Hans D. Christ
Telling Time
, Sophiensaele, Berlin; curator Thomas Frank
100 Dessus Dessous
, Cité des Sciences de Paris la Vilette, Paris
10th. Sofia International Film Festival, Sofia (C)
34th. Festival International Du Film De La Rochelle, La Rochelle, FR


BELLUARD BOLWERK International Festival, Fribourg, CH (C)
PLATEAUX Festival, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt/Main, DE 


IMPAKT Festival for experimental film, video and new media, Utrecht, NL


Video Positive ‘97 - Virtual revolutions - screening - Liverpool, UK



2011 Unlimited/Mtel Award for Contemporary Art in Bulgaria - Special Award (with Daniela Kostova)
2007 Ruf Award for New Bulgarian Art
2006 Fellowship, Film/Video, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgardt, DE
2004 Fellowship, Visual Seminar, ICA-Sofia & CAS, Sofia
2002 Artist-in-residence, KulturKontakt, Vienna
1998 Artist-in-residence, Arts Link, Thundergulch New Media Art Center, New York



2008 - 2011 XFILM Lectures, lectures and screenings on experimental film
2005 XFILM festival for experimental film, video and new media
2003 – Media Art Mini Festival (C)
2001 VIDEO ART PROGRAMME in Sofia Music Film Fest 2001, March 22 – 24, Sofia, Bulgaria– co-curator of the program, (C)
1999 PROJECT END - International Media Art Forum, Sofia, BG - (CD-Rom)



since 2009 Lecturer at National Academy of Fine Arts, Digital Arts/Masters
since 2007 Member of ICA-Sofia, Sofia, BG
since 2004 co-director (with Rene Beekman) of xfilm festival for experimental film, video and new media, Sofia
since 2005 board member of GMT+2 Foundation, Sofia
1998-2004 founding member & chair of the board of interSpace Media Art Center, Sofia




Krassimir Terziev: Between the Past Which is about to Happen and the Future Which has Already Been, Sofia: Iztok-zapad, 2015, 136 pages, hardcover, 16/70/100, ISBN: 978-619-152-726-7

Vassileva, Maria. "Between Here and There, Before and After". Kultura Weekly, 31 (2823), 18 Sept 2015

Catalogue:Grammar of Freedom / Five Lessons: Works from ARTEAST 2000+ Collection, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Schmidt, Henrike & Terziev, Krassimir. “‘Monument to the Time Elapsed’. Krassimir Terziev on digital Junk and data Storage, Total Immersion and Post-Internet Art”, Digital Icons , Issue 13. Digital Creativity in Times of Crisis: Bulgaria in the Global Context

Stoyanov, Samuil. “Between the Past and the Future“, Portal Kultura , 20.04.2015

Sutton, Kate. “Space Race”, ARTFORUM  online / diary, Feb 11, 2015


Vassileva, Maria. (ed) Art for Change 1985-2015, Sofia City Art Gallery


Catalogue: Sofia Contemporary, Edno, Sofia

The Bulgarian New Wave, Edno, Sofia

Radeva, Daniela. “To be a dweller of Cosmopolis”, LIK , November, BTA, Sofia

Popova, Diana. “Cosmic Idyll or Plot”, Portal Kultura , April, Comunitas, Sofia


Catalogue:Les Rencontres Internationales: New Cinema and Contemporary Art, Paris, Berlin, Madrid
Nojarova, Vessela, Maria Vassileva. interview. "About Duchamp and Us – Simultaneous Session", Blister Magazine, 03.2012


Catalogue: Unlimited, Mtel Awards for Contemporary Art in Bulgaria, Sofia
Catalogue: Spare Time. Utopias on the verge of the Commonness, National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia


Visual Seminar, issue: Museum Souvenirs, ICA-Sofia
Catalogue: The Big Wave, Varna City Art Gallery, Varna
Koyumdjieva, Svetlana. “Art in Space”, Kultura Weekly , #15 (2721)
Catalogue: Beyond Credit. Contemporary Art and Mutual Trust, Sanat Limanı, Antrepo, Istanbul
Catalogue: Theritories of the In/Human, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart


Catalogue: “Actors&Extras”, Argos vzw Centre for Art and Media, Brussels

Visual Seminar, issue. “Technics”, ICA-Sofia, Sofia
Catalogue: “Liquid Frontiers”, Lille 3000, Lille
Mundell, Ian. Revenge of the extras. Exhibition puts the film extra centre stage, Flanders Today, 28. September 2009

Nathan Lee, Look Out Below, The Village Voice, August 18, 2009.

Rene Beekman, Getting Ruf, The Sofia Echo, Nov 27, 2009.


Radeva, Daniela. “Reality as a favorite victim. Interview with Krassimir Terzie, Kultura weekly, issue 23 (2506), 18.06.2008, Sofia


Joly, Jean-Baptiste. Ed. “Extra Work. Krassimir Terziev. Taking the figure of extra in cinema production as a metaphor.”, Merz&Solitude, Stuttgart

Genova, Irina. Tempus fugit / Time is Flying. On Contemporary Art

and the Visual Image, Zevgma, Altera, Sofia

Bidoun magazine, Winter, Issue 13, New York

Catalog: Short List 07, Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for New Bulgarian Art, Sofia
Romy Straßenburg“2007: A Space Odysseus”, Café

Jähner, Harald. “Geküsst und weggetragen. Kino wie noch nie: in einer

Ausstellung der Akademie der Künste wird die Filmsprache seziert”,

Berliner Zeitung, May 1

Mayers, Antje. “Art-Guide: Sofia,” Spike Art Quarterly, Issue 11, February


Projectie. Technologie als Metafoor, MuHKA, Antwerpen, NAi Uitgevers, Rotterdam;

еd. Mark Kremer, Edwin Carels, Dieter Roelstraete

Kino wie noch nie. Generali Foundation, Walther Koenig Verlag, Cologne

Wildes Kapital, Kunsthaus Dresden, relations, Verlag für moderne Kunst

Nürnberg; ed. Cristiane Menicke, Torsten Birne, Sophie Goltz

Ditchev, Ivaylo. “Globale Statistenströme,” Lettre international, Issue 72

Popova, Diana. “The Battle for the Real,” Altera Magazine, Issue 2, February

Alexandrova, Petya. “Close Encounters with Cinema of the Third Type,” Altera

Magazine, Issue 2, February

Hitzemann, Christiane. “Bilder durch Bilder erklären,” Freitag, Issue 3, January 20.


Katrin Feßler, Anne. “Frischer Wind im Keller: Der alltägliche Wahnsinn,”

Der Standard, May 26.

Kostadinov, Boris. “Battles of Troy,” Intro Magazine, Issue 12

Catalog: “Play Sofia,” Springerin, Vienna

Catalog: DonumentaArs Danubiana, Regensbourg


Koissev, Alexander.. “An Eye For The Pale City,” Visual Seminar II, Sofia,

Revolver Archiv für aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt/Main

Popova, Diana. “A Forecast For Sofia,” Visual Seminar II, Sofia, Revolver Archiv

für aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt/Main

Kacunko, Slavko. Closed Circuit Videoinstallationen. Ein Leitfaden zur Geschichte und

Theorie der Medienkunst mit Bausteinen eines Künstlerlexikons, Logos-Verlag, Berlin

Catalog: Central. New Art from New Europe, Galerie Hilger, BA-KA Austria


Stefanov, Svilen/Popov, Chavdar, Between Traditions and Innovations. The

Bulgarian Art of the 90's, LIK, 2003

Gavulova, Lucia. “Upside-Down,” Umelec.

Contemporary Art and Culture Magazine, March

Catalog: 9th. Cairo Biennial, Ehnaton Art Center, Cairo

Catalog: The Last East-European Show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade

Catalog: Export-Import. Contemporary Art From Bulgaria, Sofia Art Gallery, Sofa


Catalog: Urban Cycles, Kornerhouse, Manchester

D’Agostino, David. “International News, Sofia,” Contemporary, March