Flip-House At Queens International

Flip-House Queens, Site-specific installation, approximately 9’x9’x9’, 2013. Image credit: Dobrin Marchev.


Daniela Kostova in collaboration with architect Mario Mohan

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Flip-House Queens
Site-specific installation, approximately 9’x9’x9’, 2013

Flip-House is a mobile structure that is built out of materials collected from the Queens Museum‘s renovation site. The house is open––people can look and walk inside, interact with its surface and bring life to it. Workshops and activities offered by a group of artists, musicians and educators under the name Bulgarian Collaborative facilitate that interaction. The walls of the house are connected with hinges and could be rearranged or flipped inside out. Each wall has a specific function (a library, food storage, imaginary community garden, charging station) They acculturates artifacts and records of the ongoing exchange throughout the course of the exhibition.

The inclusive nature of the structure encourages participation of the audience and the artists in the show. At the core of its concept are the potential collaborations. Tapping into the resourcefulness of the immigrant and artistic community, Flip-House becomes a platform that transgresses the territory of the museum and the community to create an ongoing dialog.

This is the 4th edition of Flip-House commissioned for Queens International 2013. The project was originally conceived for the exhibition XAYC, curated by Natalia Mount at Red House, Syracuse (2009). Later the work was shown at the New Saxon Art Society, Hellerau, Germany and at Rayko Alexiev Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria (2010).


Flip-House books


Below is an example of my photography work, which was not included in the Queens International, but is available as part of this exchange.

I Am Whatever You Want Me To Be



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 Bulgarian Artists in America (BAA), a growing organization in the US.

Kostova lives and works in NYC. She is currently the Exhibition Director of Bulgarian Artists in America (BAA) and the Director of Curatorial Projects at Radiator Gallery. She is also a Board Member of CEC Artslink (http://www.cecartslink.org).

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