yana dimitrova

The Incoherence Salon tonight, May 31st @ 6:30!

Posted on May 31st, 2017

Join me and performance artist Amelie Gaulier,  tonight at the Hunter College Galleries in East Harlem for a fun performance, part of the Coherently Incoherent Closing event, organized by Pablo Helguera.


for more information check out the link here:


Far Away From Where?

Posted on February 23rd, 2017

Installation- gouache on paper, wood and graphite. part of “Seven Hours

Far Away from Where? – An Exhibition

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm ? more dates through March 5, 2017

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center66 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003

Far Away from Where? - An Exhibition

In an old anecdote about two emigrants in Europe, one tells the other that he plans to migrate to Uruguay. He receives the surprised reaction of, “Oh, that’s far away!” The man responds: “Far away from where?”

This question gains new meaning now, as our cultural, political, and physical geographies proliferate with wounded places: sites of conflict; places marked by layers of turmoil; impromptu refuge locations that become permanent. Thus the show explores implications of a shifting and volatile experience in an era of physical displacement and digital connectivity.

The artists in this multi-media exhibition—from Armenia/Syria, Bulgaria, Lebanon, New York, and Poland —respond to the tensions of these wounded places, laying bare the contradictions between intimacy and longing on the one hand, and inarticulacy and an inability to know, on the other. They draw from the rich historic legacies of spaces, transforming them through the work and through the engagement with viewers.

Featuring work by: Tymek Borowski, Yana Dimitrova, Elzbieta Janicka & Wojtek Wilczyk, Simona Prives, Jayce Salloum, Hrair Sarkissian, and Daniel Toretsky, with a site-specific project by Parsons students: Mackenzie Drummond (Integrated Design); James Hernandez (Photography); Larisa Karamchakova (Urban Design); and Damien Karan, (Photography).

Curated by: Malgorzata Bakalarz Duverger, doctoral candidate in sociology at the New School for Social Research and in collaboration with: Rami Saab, Anthony Cava, Ivy Lin, Rabia Ali, and Charles Margaritis.

Related programming:

March 2 — 6-8pm, artist talk: Hrair Sarkissian, followed by reception

March 3-4 — “Making Home in Wounded Places: Design, Memory, and the Spatial,” international symposium; keynote address: Lina Sergie Attar.

For more information on the project please visit the website www.woundedplaces.com.



Chashama ~ Open Studios Oct 15th & 16th @ 12 to 5pm

Posted on October 12th, 2016

Yana Dimitrova

Yana Dimitrova 2016, oil on canvas
60 x 73 inches

chashama Open Studios 

Saturday | October 15 | 12 – 5 PM
Sunday | October 16 | 12 – 5 PM

Brooklyn Army Terminal
140 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Building A (3-J) & Building B (4-I)

my studio is in Building 3J # A14- the building on the right, closest to the water. 

Public Transportation
Via Subway: N and R lines to 59th St. in Brooklyn
Via Bus: B9, B11, and B37 lines
Parking- Free, secure on-site parking

Activities at Open Studios:
-FREE tours of the Brooklyn Army Terminal Atrium, brought to you by Turnstile Tours! Tours are 45 minutes and leave from the lobby of Building B, every hour on the hour.
-Live musical performances by youth at The Door – A Center of Alternatives

Join the Conversation – @chashama –  #batopenstudios

Participating Artists (artists profiles can be found at www.chashama.org/about/the-artists) :

About chashama
chashama, which means “to have vision” in Farsi, partners with property owners to activate unused real estate for artists to develop, create, and present. Currently, chashama manages over 125 artist studios, six galleries, five curated office lobbies, two performance venues, and provides affordable artist housing. A connector of art and real estate since 1995, chashama has placed more than 12,000 artists into 60 revitalized spaces and presented over 2,500 free events across New York City.

New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives. www.nycedc.com

For press inquiries contact chelsea@chashama.org

Partnerships for BAT Open Studios include NYCEDCTeen Art SalonThe Door – A Center of AlternativesHousing Works Inc.Tabla Rasa GalleryCreative TimePete’s Brooklyn EatsTurnstile ToursSmack MellonOpen House New YorkNARS Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts.

“Threaded Archetypes” @ NARS Foundation

Posted on February 28th, 2016

I am pleased to participate at the Threaded Archetypes exhibition at NARS foundation in Brooklyn.

Threaded Archetypes

Yana Dimitrova art

Yana Dimitrova
Space Portrait 2015
Oil on wood
20 x 24 inches

February 5 – March 4, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, February 5th 6-8pm

What defines a community – a region, a people or an ethos? In consideration of this questions, the NARS Foundation is delighted to present the inaugural South-West Brooklyn Exhibition, Threaded Archetypes, curated by Margaret Flanagan. Bringing together twenty artists from the southern region of Brooklyn, the discourse assembled addresses different archetypes of community. As conceived by Carl Jung, archetypes are images and thoughts with universal meaning that are understood across time and cultures. They are embedded in the human psyche forming a communal sensibility that extends beyond borders. Threaded Archetypes began with an open call for a certain region (South-West Brooklyn), and through painting, installation, video, printmaking, and sculpture, the archetypes deftly explored though the work in this exhibition bring us back to the body, culture, technology, and the urban environment.

The body and its interactions within a larger context is at the base of any idea of community. Noël St. John Harnden’s painting investigates bodily movement within its surroundings while Christina Massey’s paintings form an interesting dialogue through the integration of clothes donated by bank employees during the peak of the Recession. Ellen Coleman Izzo’s collograph work highlights the widespread problem of homelessness and reflects concern with the body’s place in the city or lack thereof. The photographs by Elizabeth Smolarz depict the portrait of her model through the objects that they hold most important and what will be left when they are gone. Yunjung Kang deftly delves into the bodily interior to juxtapose the interior-exterior relationship, and Linda Lee Nicholas challenges the representation of the natural world and the body through constructed hybrids.

The works by Katarina Jerinic, Kate Sharkey, Simona Prives, and Elena Soterakis are directly influenced by the construction and mapping of the urban environment. Katarina Jerinic’s postcard and photograph series connects Red Hook, Brooklyn to Puerto Colombia, mapping the exchange between the two locations. Kate Sharkey utilizes layers and lines to detail the natural beauty of the urban environment and its inherent ties to humanity. Simona Prives’s digital collages take the Brooklyn landscape as source material in her efforts to examine the relationship between the organic and the man-made landscape while Elena Soterakis’s collages build on this relationship with a focus on ecocide, the destruction of the natural environment through human action.

Cultural attributes, often a dominate consideration in the quest for defining community, take many forms here. Rachel Chicaguala’s photographs reflect the intersection of cultures in families and the resulting alienation from society based on race. Continuing the conversation regarding the disconnect within society, Lara Nasser’s assembled sculptures challenge the viewer’s relationship to common objects and their purpose, creating anxiety. Frid Branham and Marlene Weisman consider the role of women in culture and aspects of “women’s work” such as weaving, caretaking, and shopping. Reflecting the lexicon of representational imagery, Rebecca Levitan and Suzanne Russell each build work through the use of symbols of people that reflect their unique culture. Brian Zegeer’s video animation tells the story of the Arab-American neighborhood “Little Syria” in Manhattan that has been slowly disappearing for decades.

Teachnology, psychology, and the subconscious are prevalent themes in the work of Jennifer Dwyer, Yana Dimitrova, and John Roach. Jennifer Dwyer’s ceramic sculptures reflect the human need to collect technology in order to stave off decay of self, while Yana Dimitrova examines people and public spaces digitally, creating close portraits of unwitting participants. John Roach’s three part video chronicles his time in the NAR Residency program through surveillance time-lapse footage of his studio.
Coming from different places, each artist is building an idea of union as they weave through the communal conscious of South-West Brooklyn in the pursuit of answers which many never fully emerge.

Participating Artists: Frid Branham, Rachel Chicaguala, Ellen Coleman Izzo, Yana Dimitrova, Jen Dwyer, Noël St. John Harnden, Katarina Jerinic, Yunjung Kang, Rebecca Levitan, Christina Massey, Lara Nasser, Linda Lee Nicholas, Simona Prives, John Roach, Suzanne Russell, Kate Sharkey, Elisabeth Smolarz, Elena Soterakis, Marlene Weisman, and Brian Zegeer.

The South-West Brooklyn Exhibition Program offers innovative visual artists with an opportunity for increased exposure to a diverse and broad audience. The program aims to engage artists in South-West Brooklyn in cross-pollination and dialogue through a curated group exhibition and contribute to the recognition of the region’s artists in the context of the greater New York art community.


Open Studios 2015 Tonight!!!! 6-9 pm, and tomorrow ~Sept 26th 12- 5 pm

Posted on September 25th, 2015

Sep. 25th from 6 – 9 pm
Sept. 26th – 12-5 pm


At Brooklyn Army Terminal
140 58th Street, Building A
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Space Monument 2015 oil on wood 14 x 18 inches

Space Monument 2015
oil on wood
14 x 18 inches


2015 Open Studios at the
Brooklyn Army Terminal 

FREE NY Water Taxi Ferry rides between
Pier 11/Wall Street, DUMBO, and Sunset Park!

140 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Catch a FREE ferry ride to chashama’s open studios to visit more than 85 studios, meet local artists, and explore finished art and works in progress! There will be refreshments and kid-friendly activities.

Click here for more information.



Illegal Souvenirs-Pop-up show-tonight!

Posted on March 19th, 2015


Illegal souvenirs are made all the time. The phrase is often used to reference the trading of illegal items, from fake socks to human organs to poaching, the illegal hunting, killing, or capturing of protected animals. In this case however, the title suggests the less obvious everyday theft of time, money and ideas, which happens unconsciously, urged forward by human desire and dreams. The invited artists all have their own special collection of illegal souvenirs, from which they will display examples. The selected works are based on observations of the exchange between citizens and consumerism, displaying the full power and influence of cultural capital.

Curated by Annesofie Sandal

What do you see? @ Sofia City Gallery

Posted on March 10th, 2015

An exhibition at the Sofia City Gallery  in Sofia, Bulgaria!

The curators of “What do you see?” are inviting the audience for direct participation, while observing a selection of works from the Sofia City Gallery’s Permanent Collection, which i am a part of. For anyone in Sofia  March 12 to April 19th 2015, feel free to check it out! Some more practical information can be found in the link here: http://sghg.bg


2010, ink on board, 5 x 7 inches each

Yana Dimitrova 2010, ink on board, 5 x 7 inches each



I share, you share, still too expensive.

Posted on June 25th, 2014


Yana Dimitrova . How much for this? 2014 detail


“I share, you share, still too expensive…”

Selected works by Yana Dimitrova

June 25th, 7-10 pm

@ w-a-l-k-e

Rue du Canal 45,

1000 Bruxelles


I share, you share, still too expensive is a project investigating practices of commoning, in transitory shared spaces. With this project Yana Dimitrova explored ‘non – spaces’ or spaces in-between as such of potential beyond their transitory function and character. Of importance to her research was how does the space ‘in-between’ provide an experimental platform for sharing and exchange, and what form can such take? What kind of exchange do such spaces contribute towards? Paintings, actions, photographs and embroideries are the main body of work in this display.

“How much for this?” consists of exchange between flea market sellers in the flea market Ju de Balle and Yana as a costumer and an object maker. In her process of exchange she made an attempt to understand diverse value systems of goods and the common exchange and negotiations operating behind them. The process involved the production of multiple pieces and their attempt for exchange and evaluation by the sellers afterwards.

In “Potential Landscape” Yana traversed train stations and spaces around them while mapping the common between the varieties of ‘non-spaces’ and ways people engage with them. She sometimes used a domestic practice as embroidery and transformed it into a tool for common interaction and communication within trains and train stations.

The process Yana explores often engages with pedestrians, commuters, citizens, artists, with main focus – offering a critique of the experiences and the structures of the everyday within a specific shared context. Notions of labour, voids and repetition, sometimes humour, have been often employed in her practice as conceptual tools exploring ideology within the social realms they occupy.

Yana Dimitrova received her BFA (2006) and MFA (2008) from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia (USA). Her most recent exhibits took place in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Berlin, Budelsdorff (Germany), Bath, Manchester (UK), New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta (USA) and Sofia (Bulgaria). Dimitrova is a lecturer at The New School for liberal Arts in New York. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.









Work on display!

Posted on September 10th, 2013

Visit Runner and Stone at 285 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 for a delightful food, made with love and care and also view some of recent ink drawings.  Here is the bakery’s web page  http://runnerandstone.com/


New website revamp

Posted on May 12th, 2013

YEY!!!  although this is a long journey this site will eventually arrive at the aesthetically pleasing and interesting moment of satisfaction.