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Aether Haha

Selection of works 2017 - 2022.

Foto 1: Jeannette Slütter/Temet studio. Performance stills, all works in collaboration with Voin de Voin

Generously supported by:

the Mondriaan Fund: Artist Basic 2023-2027, 2017-2020

Stroom Den Haag: Pro Premium 2016, Pro Art Projects 2019, Pro Research 2021


March 24 - June 2, 2024

Marie Civikov,Iver Uhre Dahl,Karla Paredes K,Fedrik Vaessen &Noa Zuidervaart

Being embedded in ulterior layers

What crumbles beneath the weight of time, and what stands resilient against its erosion? In ‘Being embedded in ulterior layers’ artists Iver Uhre Dahl, Marie Civikov, Karla Paredes, Fedrik Vaessen, and Noa Zuidervaart collaboratively weave together a layered landscape. Within this environment, the artists contemplate (fictional) pasts, tumultuous presents and possible futures, rethinking temporality and endurance through artificial remnants.

The exhibition is accompanied by a text and glossary by Ángels Miralda

Drawn to you

1 December 2023

19:00 - 23:00

Part of Hoogtij #75

Æther Haga Denneweg 26, Den Haag

WÆ invite you to the table to come and draw with us. In this we’re using the act of drawing as a tool to get into conversation with each other and exchange what keeps our minds occupied. What appears on the paper emerges from our inner world, channeled through the conversations and vice versa. The project started last October in Sofia as part of Sofia Art Week #6, organized by Æther in collaboration with Doza Gallery. This evening at Hoogtij in The Hague you’re welcome to respond to this first session and to each other. The results might return one day for a follow-up to become a perpetuum mobile.

In addition, this evening we will present a booklet we made on our research trip in Sofia.

Kindly supported by Stroom Den Haag.

In collaboration with: Karla Paredes, Wafae Ahalouch, Fedrik Vaessen, Noa Zuidervaart, Iver Uhre Dahl, Marie Civikov

XOXOXO (Treasures from the Vault), Heejsteck#

June 9 - August 25 - Heejsteck# can be visited by appointment only.

Heejsteck# is a gallery/projectspace founded by Jaap Sleper

(formerGallery 10/Re:Rotterdam/Blue Episode Foundation) andartist duo V&B(Alex Jacobs and Ellemieke Schoenmaker/Hectobar.nl/Bcademie).

Heejsteck# is situated in a restored and reformed haystack located at

the farmDe Grote Kuil in Utrecht that dates back to the 18th century.

With the restoration of this monumental haystack, a serene space has been created where you can experience the work in a green environment. Here the conversation about art can be frivolous, profound, committed or open.

The program of Heejsteck# is dedicated to exhibiting work by contemporary artists, sometimes in conjunction with the collection of Jaap Sleper.

Other initiatives in the field of contemporary art will also be organized in Heejsteck#. Connections will be made on the basis of intuïtive and conceptual ideas. The aim is to show, sell and facilitate contemporary art.

2022/2023 Apprentice Master, Kunstpodium T

Exhibition at B32, Maastricht: April 30 - May 21, open: Sa–Sun 13:00–17:00h

Opening Sun April 30, 15:00

Mariabastion 50, Maastricht

Apprentice Master is a project by Kunstpodium T in which recently graduated artists pair up with experienced artists and engage in a year-long project together. They meet regularly and share ideas and experiences about their artistic practice.

This collaboration between Apprentices and Master eventually results in exhibitions open to the public.

Tuning in: Letters and Matter and Landscapes

For six months we exchanged letters that offered us a common ground to build a body of work that is rendered from an extensive archive of thoughts, stories, interests, knowledge, emotions, beliefs and doubts.

The four apprentices with whom I have the honour of engaging in this project: Fedrik Vaessen, Noa Zuidervaart, Karla Paredes, Iver Uhre Dahl

These in-between unearthly worlds that occupy my being

November 29 – December 31, Solo show at Structura Gallery, Sofia (BG) 

Opening Tue November 29, 18:00 - 20:00

Below, a link to Vestnik 13, a publication of Structura, in conversation with Maria Vessileva and a video registration of the exhibition.

Dec. 13 - Jan. 27

Dutch artists from the Herbarium collection

Curated by Irina Batkova, Mission Gallery,

Ministry of Internal Affairs, Sofia

The new edition of Herbarium is realized in partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands and is focused on artists based in the country. The project includes eight new artists, besides the participants in the last exhibition. The Dutch selection of Herbarium includes Andrea Freckmann, Berndnaut Smilde, Lola Göller, Levi van Veluw, Nan Wang, Funda Baisal, Michaela Lakova, Lily Huston-Herterich, Eden Mitsenmacher, Rene Beekman, Larisa David, Marie Civikov, Merve Kılıçer and Angelika Falkeling

Curator IrinaBatkova and H Talks director MilenaKaneva documented the encounters with eight artists in their studios in Rotterdam, the Hague, Amsterdam and Middelburg. In short videos the visual artists reflect on various aspects of their realization on the artistic stage and approach topics, related to the possibility to preserve your artistic independence in a world where daily survival requires more strength and energy. The exhibition will show the première of the video portraits of Eden Mitsenmacher, Andrea Frekmann, and Marie Civikov.

Open Studios The Hague, sat/sun 1/2 October, 12:00 – 18:00

Denneweg 26 (Lissabon hof, Through the alley next to Heden), The Hague.

During the Open Studio weekend I will show a preview of my upcoming solo show at Structura Gallery in Sofia (BG).

Foto: Jeannette Slütter/Temet studio

March 2021, Interview at Jegens & Tevens, looking back on the past C-year. Read the full article (in Dutch) here.

Æther Haga presents: Capitalizing on my Love for You by Sofia Dimova


For the online edition of Hoogtij #64, Sofia Dimova captured an impression of her solo exhibition, 'Capitalizing on my Love for You', which was on view at Æther Sofia in February, with a soundscape by Sekaìology (Martijn de Geele).

Capitalizing on my Love for You by Sofia Dimova at Æther Sofia

February 14 Dead Darlings raised a little over €48.000 with their 13th auction, this time entirely in support of W139

It was a pleasure to contribute with ‘No dead End’, which found a hapy new owner.

40 x 50 cm. Oil/acrylic/canvas, 2013 -2020

The color of C / The pain in me

A short text with some thoughts on synesthesia of which you’ll find the last sentences translated in English below, can be read in Dutch on Jegens&Tevens.

“As an exception, I recently allowed my synesthetic experiences to play a part in my work as a subject, or rather as a tool. It was an attempt to get more in touch with parts of my background that lie in Indonesia and the colonial past that is inextricably linked to it, and more specifically, my great-grandmother Painem. Her name is red.

A possible explanation of synesthesia involving seeing colors when reading or seeing letters and/or numbers is that we are all born with this capacity. the brain area where the shape of letters (and/or numbers) is processed would then have "too many" connections to the nearby brain area where color is processed. When the letter area is activated, the color area is therefore almost immediately engaged as well. In most cases, many of these "useless" connections die off in early childhood, but in the case of synesthetes, they would be maintained later in life as well.

What could be more beautiful than a channel, free for traffic of DNA and communication, between us, my (ancestral) parents and me. At least that's a theory I like to believe in.

The Pain in me was made as a contribution to the longer running project Herbarium, initiated and curated by Irina Batkova, of which more information will soon be available on the website of Art Project Depot.”

In April 2021, it will be shown in the first corresponding group exhibition at Sofia Arsenal, Museum for Contemporary Art, Bulgaria.

In a shared family history, our ancestors rebelled against fascism in the 1920s. With the performance We Sank Deep, We Sing High we made an attempt to contact them by performing (an interpretation of) a poem by Panayot Civikov, my grandfather. In order to travel back in time, we pronounced parts of it backwards. As a side effect the name Anna was created, the name of Voin's grandmother, whose life is shrouded in mystery.
Carried by waves of sound, we make our way through time.
The title of the poem is "More", "The Sea".

На вълни, на вълни, на вълни

Na velni, na velni, na velni >> waving, waving, waving

На тълпи, на тълпи, на тълпи

Na Telpi, na telpi, na telpi >> Of the crowds, of the crowds, of the crowds

We Sank Deep, We Sing High

performance in collaboration withVoin de Voin, Borisova Gradina, Sofia Art Week (BG), September 2020 

Inlev AN NA velni, na velni, na velni

Iplet AN NA telpi, na telpi, na telpi

Æther Haga presents: ✧✧✧ Panacea ✧✧✧ Victoria Kieffer

As part of the online edition of Hoogtij#61,
Æther Haga presents PANACEA by Victoria Kieffer.

Tune in Friday May 29 from 19:00 at https://www.hoogtij.net/en/61online-edition/


May 2020, 5 weeks long: 2500 (post)cards in a series of 5, from 10 creators for 2500 isolated residents of The Hague.


A project by the Graphic Workshop The Hague in collaboration with Huis van Gedichten and social organisations from The Hague.

For sale in the webshop of the Graphic Workshop including mailing service.

Image: Marie Civikov
Text: Siela Ardjosemito-Jethoe

A5 postcard with A4 miniposter, Riso-print, edition of 500

Æther Haga presents: Wild Wild Æst


March 6 

19:00 – 23:00

Æther Haga, Denneweg 26, The Hague


Curated by Irina Batkova, the #stateofexception project launches on April 5, 2020 with an online exhibition hosted by +359 Gallery www.plus359gallery.com and Art Project Depot www.artprojectdepot.com,  in partnership with KX – Critique & Humanism Publishing House www.kx-publishing.org. Our goal was to start a discussion on the state of emergency involving contemporary visual artists, publishers, philosophers and cultural scientists. The exhibition is a constant dialogue between the artists, the artistic platforms on which the event takes place and the publishing house, which adds book quotes from books, published by Critique & Humanis, to the works prepared by the artists for the project. Through this dialogue, we hope to focus public attention on fundamental values, established in the development of human history, that help us to be human individuals, for whom no less care should be taken than the care for our simple biological survival.

Complete text and online exhibition: +359 Gallery / #stateofexception

Æther invited her network to respond with a short video on what we tend to call “Eastern Europe”, and to reveal her personal vision on this matter.

The result is a selection of 38 submissions, together forming a rich image from a variety of perspectives on this topic and the 6th of March you’re very much welcome to pass by and immerse yourself into it.

Psycho-geography more than ever plays part in the way we perceive the ever-rolling shift of the con tempo; explorations of both urban environments that emphasizes playfulness and “drifting” inner wishes and visions, revolutionary groups fictions, Marxist and anarchist theory retold, as well, as the attitudes and methods of Dadaists and Surrealists applied nowadays. Psycho-geography as a new guide tool for orientation in geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals has also been defined as “a total dissolution of boundaries between art and life”. A whole toy box full of playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities, places, mind-sets, traditions; just about anything that takes pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the landscape.


Participating artists: Agata Engelman, Alex Dabi Zhevi, Anna Shopova, Astrid van Nimwegen, Cristiana Cott Negoescu & Konstantinos Angelos Gavrias &Marlon Red, Dessislava Terzieva, Diana Ivanova, Dmitry Ermakov, Esther Poppe, Gabriele Masiokaite & Mahsa Sadresfahani, George Dechev, HR-Stamenov, Ioana Ciora, Ivelina, Ivanova, Ivo Ivanov, Katharina Swoboda & Kamen Stoyanov, Kristine Hymøller & Dina Roussou, Lazar Lyutakov, Maksim Finogeev, Malou Cohen, Martina Stefanova, Martyna Gart, Michaela Lakova, Mustafa Boga, Natalia Monakhova, Nicholas Mcarthur, Pedro Bakker, Rada Boukova, Rada Dechev, Svetli Evgeniev, Tihomir Stoyanov / Imaginary Archive, Topp & Dubio, Victoria Kieffer, Yelena Myshko, Zvetomira Borisova & Evgeny Batoev, Voin de Voin, Marie Civikov


Part of Hoogtij, The cultural tour in The Hague

Vrouwenwerk / Women's work, 5-11 September Zuiderstrandtheater, 27 September - 12 December Muzee Scheveningen

The community project Vrouw Houtebeen was dedicated to 100 years of women's voting rights and events in which women

take charge of their own lives. Three projects have been developed by Kwekers in de kunst to bring the position of women to the attention of the public and as an introduction to the music-theatre production.

10 female artists from Scheveningen and The Hague let the 'female' collection of Muzee Scheveningen inspire them for new works which were were presented in the joint exhibition Vrouwenwerk (Women's work).

Participants: a.o. Mickey Yang, Lotte van Lieshout, Jantien Baas, Larissa Schepers, Jeannette Slütter, Marlous van der Toorn and Marie Civikov

15 - 22 May 2019

SAW, Great but Late

Initiated by Æther Sofia and Voin de Voin, with the support of many colleagues and spaces, during Sofia Art Week (SAW) at 9 locations in Sofia exhibitions and related events took place.

Works of the Time has come series were presented at « Precarious Freedom, fold 2: Personal Politics », a group show curated by Æther at The Underground Gallery.

Link: SAW

Photo: Andrew Fremont-Smith

04 May - 30 June 2019

Digital Ecologies

Installation and performance in collaboration with Voin de Voin


Digital Dramatizations: Ecologies from the Future

Fold II of Digital Ecologies: a project in two folds at the Center for Contemporary Art ‘Ancient Bath’ (6th September Str. 179) and the former tobacco warehouse SKLAD (Ekzarh Yosif Str. 16) in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

With works on display and interventions by Donatella Bernardi, Ursula Biemann, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Johanna Bruckner, Sarah Burger, Delphine Chapuis Schmitz, Valko Chobanov, Voin de Voin & Marie Civikov, Jonas Etter, Monica Ursina Jäger, Stefanie Knobel, Marlene Maier, Emil Mirazchiev, Uriel Orlow, Lourenço Penaguião Soares, Elodie Pong, Oliver Ressler, Dorothea Rust, Elza Sile, Kerstin Schroedinger, Venelin Shurelov, Sandro Steudler, Kamen Stoyanov, Milva Stutz, Katharina Swoboda, Una Szeemann / Bohdan Stehlik, Riikka Tauriainen, Lena Maria Thüring, and Alexander Tuchaček

with interventions and talks by the philosophers Boyan Manchev, Stanimir Panayotov, and Gerald Raunig

Curated by Dimitrina Sevova

co-curated by Katharina Swoboda with support from Emil Mirazchiev

04 May - 30 June 2019

Opening: Saturday 04 May 2019

16:00h Doors open at the two venues

17:00h Welcome and curatorial introduction at Center for Contemporary Art ‘Ancient Bath’

Symposium: Sunday 05 May and Monday 06 May 2019

From the series Time has come, 2019

Æxchange Sofia - Haga, State of Apparition

May 20 - 31, The Hague, Æther Haga

Æther is happy to announce its upcoming project Æxchange Sofia - Haga, in which two artists from Sofia will switch places with two artists from The Hague.
In May we'll present Stela Vasileva and Svetlana Mircheva in Æ Haga with an event during Hoogtij. In June we're excited to welcome Arianne Olthaar and Marjolijn van der Meij in Æ Sofia.

Æxchange is generously supported by Stroom Den Haag.

State of Apparition tells a visual narrative around the phenomenon of the movement of natural light and the interaction with objects in space. A series of geometric constructions refers to this ever-changing situation.

Stela Vasileva invites the viewer to lay their gaze at the reflective surfaces of her at first sight constructivist objects. Exposed to direct sunlight, the installation casts shadows and creates a playground between matter and light. As a result, the viewer is involved in various and multiple shifts in perception. The works meditative effect explores the relation between the concreteness of forms and the liminal space, created in order to offer a possibility to transcend the geometrical point into a point of view.

Svetlana Mircheva’s obsession with language emerges as a natural development in the context of ‘the appearance’, of ‘the thing’ becoming visible. Departing from the abstraction of any form that was connected to other forms or symbols, she looks for ways to articulate a space that has the potential to become a language – both physically and mentally and a way to understand the choreography of light in familiar spaces. Meaning appears mutable, always in transition and transient. The moment of ‘apparition’, in the constellation of objects, is in play to coincide with a self-reflecting experience of the embodiment of both time and language, internally, simultaneously.

ÆTHER HAGA is a sibling space from ÆTHER SOFIA in Bulgaria and is initiated and curated by artists Marie Civikov and Voin de Voin.

Occasionally it will present a selection of artists and will unfold proposals of what intersects along the east/west trajectory based on the already started dialogues at the eastern point.
Within this the project strives to make a more physical bond between the continental linear directions, its psycho-geographic potentiality and a bridge less faible, built upon sharing, discussion and exchange.


Æther Haga will be programming irregular and shares its digital platform with Æther Sofia. Follow their Facebook page to stay updated.

Below: Archive 2018   

Soft Power Palace


27. October 2018 - 11. November 2018 with Æther we'll investigate the idea of the ethics of "The Other" as part of Soft Power Palace in Kunstgebäude Stuttgart.


Do art spaces and artistic initiatives have social and political power? How do they influence their city, their region — or maybe even European thinking more broadly?

In collaboration with the other partners of the Kunstgebäude network, Akademie Schloss Solitude  invites the European community to a cultural exchange program unlike anything seen in Stuttgart before: Under the title Soft Power Palace — Festival about Independent Art Spaces in Europe five artistic initiatives, from five European cities, will be working in a publicly visible process on perspectives about trans-European cultural exchange. During a two week »laboratory«, the artistic initiatives will be working in an open studio, to enable everyone to engage in conversations with the attendees. Each day will conclude with a feature event on the open stage.


The open studios will lead up to a three-day festival, which will include exhibitions, presentations and performances by the artists, a panel discussion, and an open dialog with the Stuttgart community. The mission of the festival aims to highlight the relevance of these kind of self-organized, independent carriers of culture, in addition to their transnational connections.


 October 29 to November 7, 2018, daily from 7 pm


> Kunstgebäude Stuttgart, Schlossplatz 2


 November 8 to 11, 2018


> Kunstgebäude Stuttgart, Schlossplatz 2


More information:

Soft Power Palace

Akademie Schloss Solitude

Schloss Post


A brief report with links to more background information can be found here: Jegens & Tevens

Photos below: Simone Gilges, Harald Völkl, Marie Civikov

Opening reception Æther Haga

Friday October 5, 19:00 h.

Saturday October 6, 14:00 – 17:00 h.

Denneweg 26, Den Haag

>>> pictures below >>>

On 5 and 6 October 2018 Aether Haga will open her doors in The Hague for the first time. Occasionally it will present a selection of artists and will unfold proposals of what intersects along the east/west trajectory based on the already started dialogues at the eastern point.

Within this the project strives to make a more physical bond between the continental linear directions, its psycho-geographic potentiality and a bridge less faible, built upon sharing, discussion and exchange. It is seeking to expose links and affects of lifetime traces of a generation lived under different conditions, this time coming together in quest to confide a new state of value and content through art and innovative practices.

Æther Haga will focus on research, context and the background of both artists and subjects.

Æther Haga is a sibling of Æther Sofia that speaks a language vibrating and resonating in the morphic field, that in its virtue can make land appear closer than its actual physical properties.

Friday October 5 at 19:00 h.

•An introduction to “ReForget your past”, a project initiated by Nikola Mihov. Nikola Mihov was born in 1982 in Sofia. His first photobook Forget Your Past (2012) was listed among the best photobooks of the year by The British Journal of Photography, reviewed in FOAM magazine and nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography prize.

Since 2009 he has been investigating the hundreds of monuments in public space in Bulgaria from the communist era, some of which have since been removed. He is now working on a third edition of "Forget your past". A number of remaining copies of the first edition have been edited by artists from Bulgaria and abroad. From this follow-up project, "ReForget your past", some thirty works of art have currently emerged, each with its own vision on this sensitive and underexposed subject from recent history.


•Patricia Qi – PQI (1987) is an artist exploring (anti)functionality of word and speech in language through writing, installation and performance art from The Netherlands. We met her in Sofia where she, encountering the city, created a textual contribution to Æther’s publication/self-guide to “Becoming the Other”. At the event she will perform some of her recent work.

Patricia Qi studied European Studies (BA - The Hague), and EURUS studies (MA - Tartu) in The Netherlands and Estonia. She currently pursues work as an artist/writer.

•Desislava Pancheva is founder and the thriving force of KONTENTIVE and Hip Hip Library. KONTENTIVE is a creative studio & micro-publisher based in Sofia. It’s an evolving collective of collaborators that designs printed matter, digital products and websites.

Hip Hip library is a library and bookstore devoted to independent publications and self-publishing in the world of art: fanzines, periodical publications, comics, art- and photo books from all over the world. It’s specialized in artist editions and artist books. Desislava also is the initiator of the Sofia Art Book Fair, an annual event since 2016.


•Camera obscura accumulative group portrait

As an opening ritual we’d like to catch Æther Haga’s light with you.

Saturday October 6 opening from 14:00 – 17:00

•Camera obscura accumulative group portrait

On Track solo show at Æther Sofia (BG), May 19 - June 10  2018

Opening May 19 at 19:00

Æther Art Space

ul. "Knyaz Boris I" 39, 1463 Sofia

Open: thursday- saturday 14:00 - 19:00 h.

"The title "On Track" firstly refers to the fact that this project is (and maybe will stay) in an intermediate phase of a longer-running research, secondly to the amount of media on which Panayot Civikov and others memorized his memoirs a.o. cassette tapes, and finally to the place where it all began; at the edge of the railway in Ruse."

Hot off the press:

For my current show at Æther in Sofia "On Track", which is based on my Bulgarian family history I made these Linocut prints in a limited edition of 40 + 2 a/p. Portrayed is my grandfather Panayot Civikov. The original picture was taken by the police in 1933 when they accused Panayot of writing and publishing a seditious article (on police violence).

The prints, numbered and signed, are for sale for €60,-. This includes VAT and shipping in NL. As a bonus you'll receive the publication "On Track", a small booklet containing an overview of the works on show and a bit more contextual information with an added family map and documentation of some archive material.

In Bulgaria/Sofia the prints are for sale at Æther á Lv 100,-

With getting your hands on this original piece you're not only doing yourself a favor. Beside the artist (me), you're supporting the most independent art space with an outstanding program in Sofia; Æther.

Specifications: Multi color oil based linocut print on 250g acid free natural colored paper with an acrylic underpainting. Size is A4.

Although it's an edition of 40, each print is a bit different because of the underlying painting and the use of multiple colors on one plate. 11 are printed in red/brown and 29 in pink/brown.

When catching sunlight the anarchist sign pops out, which is best visible on the picture of the red print but the pink one shines the same. This sign wasn't used yet in the time my grandfather was active; it's a contemporary addition.

Send me a message if you're interested!

Atelie: Revolutia

Silviya Stanoeva and Andrey Volkashin made this beautiful document on our project The Revolution will not die with Us, around the making of episode 2, Robotic thought, a long term project in collaboration with Voin de Voin.

Despina Panagiotopoulou speaks in this context about the situation in her hometown Athens, the Balkans and identity.

Broadcasted April 29 2018 as part of the series "Atelié" on National Bularian Television (BNT) by Alma Mater tv.

The Revolution Will Not Die With Us #3 - You have seen me in your sleep - In cooperation with Andrew Fremont-Smith

March 17, 21:30, Ground Festival, location Ruimtevaart Den Haag, Hoge Zand 42

The Revolution Will Not Die With Us is a series of works in collaboration with Voin de Voin based on parallels in our family history in which, almost a century ago, our ancestors stood up against the (upcoming) fascism in Bulgaria and abroad. Each work, all performative until now, explores a phase in our journey from past to present in which we slowly let go the heritage of our ancestors, the archive they left us, by transforming it into our own voice.


The Revolution Will Not Die With Us #2 - Robotniceska Misal / Robotic Thought - 13 December - 4 February, Sofia City Art Gallery (BG)

A performance with Voin de Voin & Marie Civikov, December 13

Installation on display until February 4 as part of Shifting Layers

14.12.2017 – 04.02.2018

Opening: 13-12 at 18:00

Curated by Vladiya Mihaylova

Photo's: Kalin Serapionov, courtesy Sofia City Art Gallery

0GMS Gallery in a Drawer, a project of Ivan Moudov, Sofia City Art Gallery (BG), January 12 - February 4

0gms is an initiative of the artists Steven Guermeur, Ivan Moudov and Kamen Stoyanov. The figure “0” in the name of the gallery comes as a strategy of presentation, making possible the gallery to be the first in each list in art fairs, biennials or other art platforms.

One form of existence of the gallery 0gms is as a gallery in a drawer following an idea of the artist Ivan Moudov. In May 2010 the first 0gms gallery opened in one of the drawers in the kitchen of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia. Shortly after that 0gms appeared in a drawer in the shop of Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich, and also in the frames of different events and exhibitions in a.o. Vienna, Nagoya, Jakartav and Rotterdam.

Parallel to the exhibition Shifting Layers at the Sofia City Art Gallery I contributed with a work in a drawer related to my/our project Traces of my Bulgarian anarchist grandfather / Robotic Thoughts (see above). curated by Vladiya Mihaylova

soul vibration radiation

October 21 - 25 November 2017 - Revealing, Galerie Nouvelles Images, The Hague

In The Hague, a preview of my "traces" project will be on display together with other (recent) works in "Revealing", a group show  at Galerie Nouvelles Images, accompanied by work of Omar Koubaa, Toon Teeken and Joost van den Toorn.

The revolution will not die with us #1, October 27 Ruse Art Gallery (Ruse BG)

The revolution will not die with us is a performance in search of parallels in our family histories, featuring Voin de Voin, his great grandmother Anna Voinova, my grandfather Panayotov Civikov  and me. The apotheosis will take place October 28 as the opening of the Biennial of Miniatures (how a small gesture can be great, to fit in the theme..) in Civikov-ancestor hometown Ruse.

11 t/m 15 September 2017 - Stroom Invest Week

Public evening of talks 'What does it mean to make art public?'

Wednesday 13 September 2017, 20:00 - 21:30 hrs

Location: Stroom Den Haag, Hogewal 1-9

Very delighted I am Stroom Den Haag supports my project Traces of my Bulgarian anarchist grandfather with a PRO Premium grant.

It's aim is to support artists with a busy and active artistic practice. The grant enables artists to develop their work, among other things through their active involvement in The Hague's art world.

The annual Stroom Invest Week offers of a program of studio visits, a public evening of talks, visits to places for contemporary art in The Hague and a number of informal meetings. The goal of the Invest program is to stimulate their artistisc practice by reflecting on the work and giving the artists the opportunity to build a national and international network.


Stroom Invest Week

Public talk

23 juni t/m 16 juli 2017 - Unrelated I until now, Kutscherhaus Recklinghausen - Opening: 23 juni 19:00

22 mei t/m 11 juni 2017 - Encounter with the unknown, Kunstruimte Willem Twee, Den Bosch


maandag t/m vrijdag: 9.00 – 18.00 uur

zaterdag en zondag: 11.00 – 17.00 uur

Boschdijkstraat 100, Den Bosch

Meer informatie vind je h i e r.

5 februari t/m 9 april 2017, Studio Seine Rotterdam. Opening: 5 februari 15:00 u - ??? - groepstentoonstelling waarin de twijfel centraal staat -   

Langzaam is de wereld ingekapseld geraakt door het economisch bestel. De waarde van alles moet meetbaar gemaakt worden. Ook de ooit zo vrije, chaotische, geëngageerde, zoekende, ontregelende en frivole kunst moet eraan geloven. Het kunstonderwijs is gedwongen met targets gaan werken, subsidieaanvragen dienen van uitgebreide statements en uitgewerkte plannen te worden voorzien en de kunstmarkt vraagt om een super pitch. Alle intuïtie moet verklaard worden en twijfel is ontoelaatbaar. Reden voor Justin Wijers en Kim Hospers eenntentoonstelling samen te stellen die alle ruimte biedt tot twijfelen.

Samengesteld door: Justin Wijers en Kim Hospers

Met werk van:

Han Hoogerbrugge / Frans van Lent / Anouk Griffioen / Abner Preis / Marie Civikov / Willem Besselink / Niels Post / Kim Hospers / Justin Wijers

Adres: Mathenesserdijk 323A Rotterdam

Studio Seine is tijdens tentoonstellingen geopend op zondag, maandag en dinsdag van 13.00 - 17.00 uur en op afspraak.

vrijdag 13 januari 2017 - 18.30 - 20.30 u TENT Rotterdam - Veiling De Aanschouw / Auction De Aanschouw

On Friday 13 January from 18:30 to 20:30, De Aanschouw’s notorious annual auction takes place in the TENT gym. Thirty works by contemporary artists, photographers, and designers including Olphaert den Otter, Anouk Griffioen, Kuin Heuff, Willem Besselink, and Marie Civikov are auctioned this evening. Auctioneer Daan den Houter shall ensure the auction runs smoothly. For an overview of the work, the viewing days, and additional information, visit http://veilingdeaanschouw.nl/

Since 2001, De Aanschouw art platform organises weekly changing exhibits in the window vitrine of the Café De Schouw on Witte de Withstraat 80. Every Thursday at 21.00, a Rotterdam artist replaces the exhibited work with a new work. From a range of creative disciplines, the participants interpret the meaning that this vitrine in public space has for them. For an overview of the more than 800 works already shown in De Schouw’s vitrine, visit http://aanschouw.nl/

De Aanschouw is funded by the auction’s proceeds and maintained by the enthusiasm of its organisers, curators, photographers, and artists.

Check the visual report at Trendbeheer.

"it's ok being human" - 2016 - multiple of 15 (+ 3 x artist print). Oil based 2 color Linocut, All with a different acrylic underpainting which makes them all unique. Printed on linen (unstretched). Size: ± 34 x 23 cm.


open ateliers Den Haag - 1 & 2 oktober

Op 1 en 2 oktober was mijn atelier geopend voor publiek en liet ik (de ontwikkelingen van) mijn nieuwste werk zien.

Kees Koomen maakte voor zijn blog een beeldverslag; bekijk het hier.

Torenkamerfestival 8 - 24 juli 2016

Ruim 50 kunstenaars hebben het afgelopen jaar een kunstwerk gemaakt in De Torenkamer van het AVROTROS-programma Opium, dat uitgezonden wordt op NPO Radio 4. Alle kunstwerken zijn door curator Martijn Nekoui, oprichter van creatief collectief MOAM Amsterdam, samengebracht in een tentoonstelling.

De expositie wordt op vrijdag 8 juli om 18:00 uur feestelijk geopend op het bordes van VondelCS.

De expositie is tot en met 24 juli gratis te bezoeken.

Maandag t/m vrijdag: 12:00 – 00:00 uur

Weekend: 10:00 – 18:00 uur


Vondelpark 3

1071 AA Amsterdam


In aanloop naar het Torenkamerfestival blikte de redactie van VondelCS met mij terug op mijn verblijf in de Torenkamer.

Klik op onderstaande foto om het interview te lezen.

This Art Fair    29 december - 3 januari 2016 - Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam

This Art Fair    29 december - 3 januari 2016 - Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam

Visit me at This Art Fair. You'll find me at booth zero --> check the map below.

Tuesday 29 December 2015      15:00-18:00       VIP and Press Preview (invitation only)

     18:00-21:00       Opening night This Art Fair (invitation only)

Wednesday   29/12/15                11.00 - 19.00

Thursday       31/12/15                11.00 - 17.00

Friday            01/01/16                 closed

Saturday       02/01/16                 11.00 - 19.00

Sunday          03/01/16                11.00 - 19.00

More info h e r e.

Size Matters / we like art! - TETEM Kunstruimte, Enschede   

3 december t/m 6 februari

Opening 3 december 17:00 uur

Meer info vind je h i e r.

Een verslag van de opening vind je h i e r.


BLIND DATE (het vervolg), een expositie van 4 uur - dinsdag 22 december 2015

- 100 kunstenaars tonen één werk op papier, max A3

- deze werken worden anoniem gepresenteerd

- alle werken hebben een eenheidsprijs van € 150,-

- 22 december 17.00 - 21.00 uur, Dapiran Art Project Space - Springweg 59, Utrecht


Depot Algemene Kunst

Een initiatief van Chantal Breukers en Jans Muskee

open ateliers Den Haag - 3 & 4 oktober

Het weekend van 3 & 4 oktober zijn ruim 65 ateliers in de binnenstad van Den Haag geopend voor publiek.

Adres: Nieuwe Molstraat 14 - Den Haag


De Torenkamer - Opium radio op 4 (AVRO) - 15 t/m 19 juni 2015

In juni werkte ik een week in De Torenkamer.

In De Torenkamer van VondelCS wordt wekelijks een jonge kunstenaar 'opgesloten' om, niet afgeleid door dagelijkse prikkels, te werken aan een nieuw werk of project. Er is dagelijks contact met de kunstenaar in de uitzending van Opium op 4 en op vrijdag haalt Hans Smit de kunstenaar op uit De Torenkamer en wordt het resultaat tijdens de live-uitzending gepresenteerd.

De ontwikkelingen volgen op het blog en het beluisteren van de afleveringen kan via deze link.

Dichtkunstkrant 2015

The Dichtkunstkrant (Art and Poetry Journal), founded in 2011/2012 by artist Efrat Zehavi and poet Florimond Wassenaar, is a magazine about poetry, art and current events that is published once a year.

The magazine is available for free at number of cultural spots in Amsterdam and Rotterdam or you can download a copy in PDF here: Dichtkunstkrant 2015

This years issue includes contributions of Matthias Pauwels, Ana Roelofs, Anne Vegter, Pam Emmerik, Gijs Assman, Martijn Benders, Merlotte Snavelpaard, Marie Civikov, Ronald Ophuis, Edda Grol, Joost Veerkamp, Jante Wortel, Roee Rosen, Leen Pil, Marianne Peijnenburg, Florimond Wassenaar, Efrat Zehavi, Maarten van der Graaff, Paul van der Eerden, David Troch, Dror Karta, Wibo Kosters and Kim Hospers.



Art in Redlight #10    27 - 30 december 2014

Visit me at Art in Redlight art fair. I'll be showing new works.

You can find me at booth 17 next to my friends V&B and Daan Den Houter

Art in Redlight - 10th Independent Art Fair

27 - 30 December 2014

Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, Amsterdam

Open: 11:00 - 19:00 hrs

Opening reception: December 27, 17:00 - 21:00 hrs

Click here for the list of participating artists

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

BLIND DATE, een expositie van 4 uur - 11 december 2014

- meer dan 80 kunstenaars tonen één werk op papier, max A3

- deze werken worden anoniem gepresenteerd

- alle werken hebben een eenheidsprijs van € 150,-

- 11 december 17.00 - 21.00 uur, Schoutenstraat 10, Utrecht


Depot Algemene Kunst

Een initiatief van Chantal Breukers en Jans Muskee

I am not doing Anything Until I Feel The Need, a project by Joanneke Meester

Joanneke Meester reflects on the necessity of the things we tend to impose on ourselves and one another in everyday life. In search of something to go by, she formulated the statement ‘I am not doing anything until I feel the need’. Meester invited 365 artists to convert their personal interpretations of the statement into an image for inclusion in a daily calendar, designed to confront users day in, day out with the mantra ‘I am not doing anything until I feel the need’.

This conceptual and collaborative artwork will be available in bookshops and museum shops in the Netherlands and Belgium from September 2014 and can be ordered online via: http://www.bekkingblitz.com

Related exhibitions: I am not doing anything until I feel the need. The exhibitions presents an overview of almost all original works that were included in the calendar.

17 oct – 28 nov. 2014, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam.

7 nov – 7 jan. 2014, OBA (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam)

Related events: I am not doing anything until I feel the need

23 october 2014, W139,  From borders of Perception to Destination: Unknown. Initiated by Sam Samiee. http://www.W139.nl

Click here for the list of participating artists


Bad Times New Religion

20 oktober t/m 17 november 2013 - Galerie Maurits van de Laar Den Haag

Re: Rotterdam Art Fair - 10-6 februari 2013

As the name suggests Re:Rotterdam, is a reply/response/reaction to certain practices within the art. It is a re-ordering of the art fair/market and the establishments surrounding them.

A re-focusing.

As such the Re:Rotterdam is the fourth in a series of side events which will act as a counter-point to other more established events. Bringing vitality, and daring back into the fold.


13 november - 2 december 2012

Groot Grafiek - CBK Rotterdam

In 2011-2012 nam ik deel aan het project Groot Grafiek, opgezet door het CBK Rotterdam en in samenwerking met Grafisch Atelier Daglicht in Eindhoven. Voor dit project is vier verschillende kunstenaars gevraagd te experimenteren met grafische technieken op groot formaat. De resultaten zijn in oktober te zien geweest tijdens The International Triennial of Contemporary Graphic Arts in Novosibirsk (Ru) en worden in november 2012 gepresenteerd in het CBK Rotterdam.

International Triennial of Contemporary Graphic Arts - Novosibirsk (Ru) / GrafischAtelier Daglicht- Eindhoven

30 mei - 14 oktober 2012

ACQUISITION  Rotterdam University Art Collection - Kunsthal Rotterdam

In honour of Rotterdam University's 25th anniversary, the Kunsthal is exhibiting a wide selection of works from the university's art collection. The collection of artworks is highly diverse and typical of the bold purchases made over the years for the university's main locations. The exhibition marks two decades of art collecting with an eye for dark romanticism and the unorthodox. Works by up-and-coming talents such as Koen Taselaar and Barbara Helmer are exhibited alongside those by established artists including Vanessa JanePhaff and Jos van Merendonk.

The Rotterdam University art collection consists of a hundred-plus works by over eighty artists, almost all of whom earned their professional spurs as students or teachers at the Willem de Kooning Academy. The exhibition comprises works by 44 different artists and are all highly diverse in theme, technique, medium and format. The exhibition starts with a small but compelling triptych on paper by Henri Jacobs. This is the first work in the collection and was purchased in 1995. Opposite this work is the most recent purchase dating from December 2011, a large, exuberant triptych on canvas by Royal Laureate Marie Civikov. The exhibition examines the various similarities between the works, from abstract and exploratory paintings by Maarten Janssen and Ronald de Bloeme to the refined drawings of Juul Kraijer and Sarah van der Pols showing the fragility of humankind and desolate cityscapes by Hans Wilschut and Edwin Zwakman.

Plastic - 200 x 290 cm. - 2011

Overschilderschilderij, een project van Daan den Houter

Te zien geweest t/m 13 januari 2012 en daarna nooit meer:

Laag 83 van het Overschilderschilderij, een project van Daan den Houter en Frank Taal/De Aanschouw Voor het werk Overschilderschilderij nodigt Daan den Houter kunstschilders uit om op hetzelfde canvas een olieverf schilderij te maken. Elk werk wordt 1 week getoond in De Aanschouw, dit is de enige tijd dat het schilderij te bezichtigen is, daarna gaat het canvas naar een volgende schilder voor een nieuwe laag.


Royal Award for Modern Painting - Royal Palace Amsterdam - 2011

Every Picture Tells A Story - TENT Rotterdam - 24.02.2011 - 10.04.2011

In Every Picture Tells A Story staat de herontdekking van schilderkunst als ‘nieuw medium’ in het digitale tijdperk centraal. Narrativiteit en reproduceerbaarheid zijn de fundamenten waar het digitale tijdperk op is gebouwd. Het bewegend beeld wordt oneindig herhaald op het internet, YouTube, smartphone, iPhone, iPad, Ebook. En toch lijkt een groot aantal kunstenaars juist nu opnieuw gegrepen door het schilderen, door het unieke en onherhaalbare moment waarop de verf het doek raakt.

Painting a person, painting a place - g i s t  galerie Amsterdam - februari 2011

Groupshow together with Andrea Freckmann, Miranda Cleary and Maurice Thomassen

Royal Award for Modern Painting - Royal Palace Amsterdam - 2010

In the flesh - DEK 22 Rotterdam - 2010

Royal Award for Modern Painting - Royal Palace Amsterdam - 2009

Week van de Waanzin - Atelier op locatie - Ro Theater - Rotterdamse Schouwburg - 2009

Buning Brongers Prijzen - Arti et Amicitiae Amsterdam - 2004