Boryana Rossa is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who works in the fields of electronic arts, film, video, performance and photography. In 2004 together with the Russian artist and film maker Oleg Mavromatti, Rossa establishes UTRAFUTURO–an international group of artists engaged with issues of technology, science and their social implications. In 2012  Rossa has finished her PhD on Post Cold -War Gender Performances. Cross-cultural examination of gender representations viewed through Soviet, Russian and Bulgarian film re-enactments, in the  Department of Arts, at Rensselaer, Troy, NY. She is also a director of Sofia Queer Forum, together with philosopher and activist Stanimir Panayotov. Recently she completed a residency for the research and development of the bio-art project “The Mirror or Faith” related to genetic predisposition of spirituality. This project is a collaboration with the biologists Dr. Michael Edel, University of Barcelona as part of the Grid Spinoza program, funded by the European Commission. PhD in Electronic Arts (RPI, Troy, NY, 2012) and Associate Professor in Transmedia at the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

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Most of Rossa’s performances and other works have been shown internationally at venues such as GARAGE Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia; The 1st and 2nd Moscow Biennial For Contemporary Art, Russia; Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY;  Beijing Media Art Biennial, CAFA Museum at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China; Museum of Contemporary Art (MUMOK) Vienna, Austria; Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland; steirischer herbst, Graz, Austria; National Gallery of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria; 1st Balkan Biennale, Thessaloniki, Greece; Kunstwerke and Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany; Sofia City Art Gallery and Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia;  Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art (SAMCA), Sofia; Exit Art, NY. Works by Rossa’s collective ULTRAFUTURO have been included in the Biennial for Electronic Art, Perth (BEAP), Australia; and shown at Foundation for Art and Creative Technologies (FACT), Liverpool, UK; Society for Art and Technology (SAT), Montreal, Canada and others. Rossa and Mavromatti performed also as ULTRAFUTURO in Trickster Theatre, Exit Art, NY between 2006-09.


Her works are in numerous public and private collections among which as Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Bank-Group, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; Elizabeth A. Sackler Museum of Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, NY; Sofia City Art Gallery; Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art and others. Her performances and videos have been included in international art archives such as the performing art archive re.act.feminism and Transitland Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009.


2019-2021 CUSE  Interdisciplinary Seminar Grant , Syracuse University, together with Dr. Heidi Hehnley for the Bio-Art Mixer; Recipient of the 2018 College of Visual and Performing Arts Faculty Excellence in Research award; 2014 Grid Spinoza Research and Development grant funded by the European Commission for the project “The Mirror of Faith”; In 2014 she has been awarded Ruf Award for contemporary art, and the 2014 NYFA Fellowship Award for Digital/Electronic Arts  together with Oleg Mavromatti. Her dissertation was supported by the research grant of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer (HASS) 2010-2012. She also holds the  Essential Reading for Art Writers of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA, Sofia) .; New Yorker; Kultura Weekly39 Graman.paradoxa, Nature.

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