USHA Tsonkova

Stanka USHA Tsonkova

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria

Lives in NYC

Working experience:
The National Film Studio- 1974-79, 1984
Center of New Articles and Fashion- 1982
Bulgarian Academy of Science 1985-88
Leader of the Sofia University Photo Club- 1988-89
Sofia Theater /publicity artist/- 1991
City theater “Tear & Laugh”- 1998
Teaching: Experimental photography teacher in the National Secondary School for Culture-Sofia- 1993
New Bulgarian University and National Academy of Theater and Cinema Arts-1993, 97, 98,
2004, 05 National Art School
Magazine “Ave”, gypsy newspaper “Romano Ilo”- 1995
1998-2003 Institute of Metal Science/photographer/
Since 2003 free lance artist, photographer
Collaboration with a lot of periodicals.
Collective Exhibitions:
1979-89-Biennale of Bulgarian Photography, Sofia
1988-Baroque in the Photography-Cant, France
1987-88 Art of Today-Budapest, Hungary
1989-Looking East-Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1989-East European Photography-Musee de L’Elysee, Lausanne, Swiss
1989-End of Citation-Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia
1990-Biennale of the Research Photography-Paris, France
1990-FotoFest-Houston, USA
1994-Contemporary Bulgarian Photography- National Art Gallery, Sofia
1996-Varna Exhibition Salon-City Gallery, Varna
1997-Ave Gallery-photography, Sofia
1997-XXL Gallery-drawings, Sofia
1997-Process-Space-Art Festival-Balchik, Bulgaria/gypsy fashion, dance performance, video/
2001-Review of Bulgarian Photography/1990-2001/-National Palace of Culture, Sofia
2002-Erotic Photography-Sofia
2002-International Week of Photography-Plovdiv
2003-Tokyo Designer’s Block-October, exhibition at IDEE Designer’s Shop Gallery
2004-August in Art- indoor installation “Embrace-Stone Garden”-Varna
2004-Contemporary Photography/BPA and Friends/-City Gallery-Sofia
2005-EiBank Gallery-Contemporary Bulgarian Art
2006-Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial-Japan
2007-Bratislava/House of Photography-BPA and Friends
2007-Prague-BPA and Friends
2008- A-A-H project- Sofia
2008- Behind Walls- Noorderlicht Photofestival, The Netherlands
Self Exhibitions:
1979-The Cinema House-Sofia
1986-The Photoclub- Plpvdiv
1987-The Photoclub- Yambol
1986-87-Winter Academy of Arts “Apolonia”- Sozopol
1987-The Pataky Gallery- Budapest
1988-Pforzheim- West Germany
1990-La Roshelle- France
1993-Berlin-exhibition and work-shop
1994-The National Palace of Culture- Sofia
1994-Month of Photography- Bratislava
1996-Makta Gallery- Sofia
1998-Berlin-exhibition for the opening of the “Methenzentrum in Kreuzberg”, work-shop
1998-Week of Photography- indoor installation “Gipsy Princess”- Plovdiv
1998-Kesh Gallery- Sofia
1998-Theater “Tear & Laugh”- instalation for the opening- Sofia
1999-KEVA Gallery-National Academy of Theater and Cinema Arts- Sofia
2001-Shadai Gallery- Tokyo
2002-Boviel Gallery- Plovdiv/International Week of Photography/
2003-Kamakura/Japan/-October, Cafe Shop “Arukamak”
2003-Tokyo-Christmas Exhibition at “Pacific” IDEE Designer’s Shop
2003-Tokyo Designer’s Block- IDEE Shop
2006-Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial-outdoor exhibition “Silence Dimensions”
2008- Bulgarian Consulate in New York- exhibition “Dance Clothes”
1983- Second prize in the Biennale of Bulgarian Photography-Sofia
1985- Award Banner of Peace in “Children of Bulgaria” exhibition-Sofia
1985- First prize- Photovacantion “Oasis”-Bulgaria
1986- Grand Prix-SIRP, Royan-France/Salon International of a Research Photography/
1989- Grand Prix-SIRP, Royan- France
1990- Award in the Art of Today-Budapest, Hungary
2001- First prize of The Review of Bulgarian Photography/1990-2001/
2003- Grant from Japan Foundation for the project “Embrace-Stone Garden”/6 months/
Her works are property of the National Library /Paris/, Musee de L’Elisee /Lausanne/, Shadai  Galerry /Tokyo/, Japan Foundation /Tokyo/, National Art Gallery /Sofia/, City Art Gallery /Plovdiv/, Zental- und Landesbibliothek Berlin, private collections in the USA, Japan, France, England, Germany, etc.
1993-Berlin-Atrium Center-“Kunst im Umbruch”
1998-Berlin-Methenzentrum- Karnaval der Kulturen
1998-Berlin-Volkshochsule Kreuzberg-“The Dark Side of the Light”-experimental photography
2002-Photo and video documentation for a theatrical workshop “Penthesilea” in Schloss Trebnitz/near Berlin/- Photo session and exhibition
2003-Tokyo Kougei Daigaku/Tokyo Institute of Politechnic/-“The Dark and Lignt Side of the Photography”,Kyoto Zokei Art University,
2004-National Art School ,Sofia
2004-Photo and video documentation for a theatrical workshop “Pushkin” in Schloss Trebnitz,photo session
2007-Newcastle,UK-Star and Shadow
1996-New Bulgarian University-video,installation-with students
1996/7-New Year’s performance in hotel “Intercontinental”-Sofia-with students
1997-Gypsy fashion dance performance-Art Festival”Prosess-Space”,Balchik,Sofia
1998-Berlin-Karnaval der Kulturen/Carnaval of Cultures/-with German and Turkish girls
2005-Exhibition performance “Making Time”-National Art School,Gallery “Debut”- with students
2012 EYEMAZING  Spring issue- featured artist
“Bulgarian Photomagazine”-1980-1990,”Photo Eye”-2000
“Literature newspaper”-verses,illustration
Illustrations for “Pour la Photographique” by Ciro Bruni-Paris 1990,“Labirint”-Blaga Dimitrova 1986/poetry/,”Lovers”-Ani Ilkov 1989/poetry/
Greek Photomagazine-1997
Magazine ”Art in Bulgaria”-1998-Gipsy project
“Imago”-Slovak photomagazine -¹11/2001-The birth of the author in Bulgarian photography
Annual Report’02-Shadai Gallery, Tokyo,
“LIK”-/¹4,April 2004/-about BUTOH
”FO”/¹1,2004/-project“Embrace-StoneGarden”, magazine”BOULEVART”/May,2004/
TV shows:
Programs-“Only for women”-poems, photographs
                 “1002 nights”-1999
Documentary for photovacantion “Oasis”-1986-“Lights and shadows”
Documentary for Canal+/French TV/-“Gypsy Summer” by Milan Ognianov/1998/
Talk-shows for photography
Radio talk-shows about a music, poetry, etc.
Gallery talk in Shadai Gallery-Tokyo/2001/
“Stanka Tsonkova /Usha/, one of the few women photographers working as an artist, turns inward to contemplate her own life as woman, mother and photographer-and the difficulty of maintaining that equilibrium.”

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Ridgewood, NY 11385, NY
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