The photograph Cosmonaut 1001 is an ironic celebration of internationalism. A white dove has landed on the head of an infant child in a space suit, its sewn-on badges suggesting affiliation with countries previously on opposite sides of a divide, Capitalist and Communist. The image feels borrowed from a TV commercial designed to convince us of a dream which anyone’s money can buy: the Cold War is over, globalization of space is a reality and even infants can fly. Cosmonaut 1001 was produced for the exhibition After the Flight curated by lara Boubnova and dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the first human flight in outer space. It was first presented at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), Sofia, 2011.
Cosmonaut 1001 was featured in the New York Times in 2014.
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Daniela Kostova is an interdisciplinary artist who uses photography, video, and installation. Her work addresses issues of geography, cultural representation, the production and crossing of socio-cultural borders, and the processes of translation and communication.
Daniela has exhibited her work nationally at The Queens Museum of Art (NY), Pratt University (NY), the Webster University in Saint Louis (MO), the Metro Gallery in Baltimore (MA), KK Projects in New Orleans (LA), the Schenectady Museum (NY) and internationally at the Sofia City Gallery and the Center for Contemporary Art in Plovdiv (Bulgaria), the Religare Art Gallery in New Delhi (India), the Antakya Biennale (Turkey), the New Saxon Art Association in Dresden and the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel (Germany), the State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia in Moscow, the Estacion Indianilla Museum in Mexico, at the MAN Museum in Nuoro and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Torino (Italy), the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna (Austria), the Centre d’art Contemporain in Geneva (Switzerland) among others.
In 2011, Kostova received an Unlimited 11’ Award for Contemporary Bulgarian Art. In 2009, she was awarded a SOS grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). In 2007 and 2006 she received travel grants from American Foundation for Bulgaria in Sofia and the European Cultural Foundation. From 2000 to 2003 Daniela was the Director and Curator of Irida Art Gallery in Sofia. In 2000 she received the International Art Award Onufri in Tirana, Albania. She was an ArtsLink Residency fellow at the Cleveland Institute of Art (Ohio) and was granted a Graduate Fellowship from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy (NY) where she later taught Intermediate Digital Imaging. In addition, Kostova curated the BioArt Initiative–art & science project of the Arts Department and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at RPI. In 2011, together with Stanislava Georgieva she started BulgarianArtists in America (BAA), a growing organization in the US.