Krasimira Butseva is a visual artist, researcher, writer and educator based between London, UK and Sofia, Bulgaria. 

In her creative and academic work, she explores political violence, traumatic memory, and the official and unofficial history of Bulgaria. Krasimira employs video, photography, installation, sound and text, in the recontextualization of difficult and erased histories in relation to the communist regime. Her works are both part of gallery spaces and academic journals. 

Krasimira is a senior lecturer at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. In 2024, Krasimira, alongside her collaborators Julian Chehirian & Lilia Topouzova were selected to represent Bulgaria at the 60th edition of the Venice Biennale. In 2022, she received the BAZA Award for Contemporary Art (YVAA), and in 2021 she was awarded an artist fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany.

In 2022, her article “Vernacular Memorial Museums: Memory, Trauma and Healing in Post-communist Bulgaria” was published in the Museums & Social Issues Journal. 

Krasimira is also a curator of the archive and programme of History in Between; alongside one of the co-founders of Revolv Collective, and a former editor of eep mag.

photography by tsvetelina belutova

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selected exhibitions & screenings

solo exhibitions

The Neighbours: Forms of Trauma (1945-1989) at MUNK school, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 2023

The shimmer of a possibility at ko-op art space, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2023

The Neighbours: Forms of Trauma (1945-1989) at studio The Neighbours /benkovski 40, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2022

The Neighbours: Forms of Trauma (1945-1989) at Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2022

Are we communists?, gara art space, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2022

Frequencies of Trauma at Structura Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2022

History is in the present, Zahariev-Singer Foundation, Malak Izvor, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2021

Balkan Mine, EEP Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2019

group exhibitions

Re-turn at The Triangular Tower of Serdica, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2023

Needles in a haystack
, National Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2023

Beyond all reason. In the mirror of surreal times, Structura Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2023

Camera obscura, Voloshyn Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine, 2023

Minalo ne minalo, Toplocentrala, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2022

Nominees exhibition BAZA Award for Contemporary Art, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria 2022

Orbits, Seen Fifteen Gallery, London, Bulgaria, 2022

The case of the poor image, ARTGET gallery, Belgrade, Serbia, 2022

Horizons, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, 2021

Intimacy & Spectacle in the Epoch of Social Media part of Sofia Art Projects - Largo underpass, Independence Square, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2021

History in Between, History Museum of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2020

New Beginnings, MERTZ, Berlin, Germany, 2020

Art Start 2020, Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2020

F O R M - Seen Fifteen Gallery, London, UK, 2020

Photography & Sculpture, AMP Studios, South Bermondsey Art Trail, London, UK, 2019

Curating cultures of Remembrance, District Six Museum, Cape Town, South Africa, 2019 

Intro:spective, Seen Fifteen Gallery, Peckham, London, UK, 2019

Brighton Photo Fringe, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, UK, 2018

Post memory, Lovech Fine Art gallery, Lovech, Bulgaria, 2018

Archives as Medium, Four Corners Gallery, London, UK, 2017

Fragments, Sticks Gallery, Gosport, UK, 2017

Ginnel Foto Fest, Ipswich, UK, 2017

Uncertain States / Emergence, Photomonth London 2016, Mile End Art Pavilion, London, UK, 2016

Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China, 2016

selected press, radio and television

Open Arts Files

Journal for Social Vision / The dramaturgy of memory, interview (in English) /2022

Kultura.BG / review of “The neighbours: forms of trauma” (in Bulgarian) /2022

Bulgarian National Radio Hristo Botev / Power through the prism of philosophy, law and the arts, talk show (in Bulgarian) /2022

Free Europe / Can violence be narrated?, article (in Bulgarian) / 2022

VIJ! magazine / a different reading of the communist past, an interview (in English) / 2022

Kapital / Carriers of memory: the artists who narrate memory, article (in Bulgarian) / 2022

Bulgarian National Television / the neighbours at SGHG broadcast (in Bulgarian) / 2022

Bulgarian National Radio Horizont / the visible and invisible trauma (in Bulgarian) / 2022

Kapital / The file of Krasimira Butseva, interview (in Bulgarian) / 2022

Kultivisior / review of the exhibition “The neighbours: forms of trauma” (in Bulgarian) / 2022

Kitchen conversations / podcast (in English) /2021

Bulgarian National Television / broadcast of the exhibition History in Between (in Bulgarian) / 2020

Balkan Stories/ Krasimira and the Gulags of Bulgaria (in German) / 2019

Kultura / Post-memory article (in Bulgarian) / 2018

Kapital / Unhappy sots, article (in Bulgarian) / 2017

Photoworks / Showcase (in English) / 2017

Calvert Journal / Photo of the week (in English) / 2017

selected lectures, workshops & conferences

On practice of care / 
book reading at ko-op art space, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2023

A walk with the artists /
Artist talk with Julian Chehirian, studio The Neighbours, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2022

Can art narrate history? / Panel discussion, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2022

An image with bad quality / Masterclass, Toplocentrala, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2022

Listening with a conversation / Listening session, Structura Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2022

Artist talk, BA Photography, Arts University Bournemouth, UK, 2021

10th World Congress of Central and Eastern European Studies in Montréa / Conference, Montréal, Canada, 2021

(Counter-)Archive: Memorial Practices of the Soviet Underground / Conference, Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany, 2021

Why should we remember? / Summer school workshops, Belene, Bulgaria, 2021

Artist talk, BA (Hons) Photography, University of Portsmouth, 2020

How to forget? / Workshop, part of How to forget your past fast exhibition of Martin Atanasov, KO-OP Sofia, Bulgaria, 2020

Imagining the archive / Workshop, Three Men Make a Tiger, LCC BA Photography, London, UK, 2020

Articulating your practice / Workshop, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 2020

Truth, Reality and Imagination Interpretations from Eastern and Central Europe / Conference at UCL, London, UK, 2020

A living memorial, panel discussion part of Forms of Ground mini-symposium, Seen Fifteen Gallery, London,  UK, 2020

What’s a Can of Worms Between Mates? / A conversation with Victoria Louise Doyle,  Alexander Mourant & Harry Gammer-Flitcroft, Art Lacuna, London, UK, 2020

You are f*cking ugly / Zine workshop, UAL London College of Communication, London, 2019

Apolitical/Political / Photography workshop, UAL London College of Communication, London, 2019

Transition / Workshop with Bayryam Bayryamali in collaboration Sofia Platform, part of a public programme celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of communism, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2019

Identity / Panel discussion with Rashida Mangera and Maryam Wahid, Espacio Gallery, London, UK 2019

We Make the Yolk Photography / Reading and writing workshop, Deptford Does Art, London, UK, 2019

Trauma & ritual / Reading group, EEP Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2019

Remembering whilst forgetting / Artist talk, EEP Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2019

Why should we remember / Summer school workshop programme with Julian Chehirian, Summer School Belene: Democracy & Memory, Sofia Platform, Belene, Bulgaria, 2019

Homeland workshop / Book-making workshop, Revolv Collective, Take Courage Gallery, London, UK, 2019

Intro:spective / Panel discussion with Tom Lovelace, Jonny Briggs & Alexandra Davenport, Discussion moderator, Seen Fifteen, London, UK, 2019

On failure & completion / Workshop, BLUNT, ACAVA studios, London, UK, 2019

Roots or Routes? / Workshop, Phoenix Brighton, Brighton Photo Fringe, UK, 2018

4UZHBINA / Artist Talk, Phoenix Brighton, Brighton Photo Fringe, UK, 2018

First Monday / Artist talk, Brighton Photo Fringe, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, UK, 2018

Post Memory / Panel discussion, Fine Art Gallery Lovech, Lovech, Bulgaria, 2018

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