An exhibition of the nominated artists for the BAZA 2023 Award for Contemporary Art

Thursday, 20 July 2023

Sofia City Art Gallery, Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia, Edmond Demirdjian Foundation and Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation

in partnership with:

The Foundation for a Civil Society, New York, and the Young Visual Artists Awards international network


An exhibition of the nominated artists for the BAZA 2023 Award for Contemporary Art: Alina Papazova, Ivelina Ivanova, Kalina Mavrodieva, Martian Tabakov, Nikola Grozdanov, Veronika Desova, Viktor Petrov

Curator: Marina Slavova

25 July – 6 September 2023, opening on 25 July, Tuesday, 6 pm

The Young Artist Award was first established in 1990 in the Czech Republic by the founder of the Civil Society Foundation (USA), Wendy Luers, on the initiative of Vaclav Havel. Today, it exists in twelve Central and Eastern European countries, united in the YVAA International Young Visual Artist Awards Network ( The award consists of a two-month artist residency at Residency Unlimited, New York, and a solo exhibition at the ICA-Sofia Gallery. The award is sponsored by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York.

The BAZA Award in Bulgaria was founded on the initiative of Maria Vassileva in 2008 and is administered by the Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia and the Edmond Demirdjian Foundation. From 2021, the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation supports the nominated artists with funding for their projects.

The competition is open to artists up to 35 years of age. The jury, whose members are replaced every two years, selects between four and eight nominees. The exhibition of works by the selected artists is hosted by Sofia City Art Gallery. The winner is announced during the exhibition opening.