Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool is a generative concept and platform for contemporary art and research with a focus on intersectional and collaborative practices, art education, art politics and institution-making. Founded in 2015 in Sofia, it houses an all-year programme in its spaces which are located on a central rooftop with an empty outdoor pool built in the 1930s. Swimming Pool presents exhibitions, performances, publications and other projects in order to nourish awareness and generate invention, both locally and as part of an international community. Throughout the years, it has also started to experiment with structural approaches within the field of non-institutionalized learning: In 2018 and 2019 Swimming Pool ran a curatorial program about the aims, politics and future of micro organizations. Exchanges with art academies have been another important aspect of our practice. In 2021, Swimming Pool launched the spin-off Center for Social Vision, a research platform with the long-term goal to support professionals and organizations in developing reflective, cross-linked and caring approaches towards the resources we all share. Swimming Pool's founder and director is Viktoria Draganova, and it is run by The Blue Cube Foundation.

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