The Alyosha Project

A research project about the Alyosha monument in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Initiated by Kamen Stoyanov and Katharina Swoboda.

The project is produced within the ADATA artist-in-residence program of Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019

Supported by Otto Mauer Fond, Austria

set photo




Alyosha and the cat (w.t.)

short film, in post-production

release 2020


A short fiction film about an encounter at Alyosha hill in Plovdiv. A Russian tourist sings the Russian “Alyosha” song and a couple answer with a specially written “Aleksey  Skurlatov” song.


Cast: Vasil Duev, Katharina-Sara Huhn, Pavla Sivova, Peter Kerkelov

Cinematographer: Dian Zagorchinov

Sound: Sara Pinheiro

Composer: Margerita Spassova

Directed by Kamens Stoyanov and Katharina Swoboda










Unstable Monuments. Remnants from Times of Ideology


November 1, 2019


15:00 SKLAD, Plovdiv, BG

With presentations by:


Kamen Stoyanov and Katharina Swoboda, about their Alyosha project


Nataša Bodrožić, about her work with Motel Trogir


Margarita Dorovska, presenting her exhibition project "нонумент" ("Nonument") which is currently on view at Museum of Humor and Satire in Gabrovo, BG,



19:00 Lucky Cinema, Plovdiv, BG

Film screening curated by D´EST, Ulrike Gerhardt and Jana Seehusen.


D’EST presents a video art program with selected works that are dedicated to an expanded, critical and performative perspective on monuments. Drawn from the D’EST platform and elsewere, these works showcase an artistic as well as civic reappropriation of the public sphere and aim to deconstruct the symbolic power of monuments through subtle gestures. Participating artists: Tal Alperstein and Julia Turbahn, Gery Georgieva, Szabolcs KissPál, Ilona Németh, Eglė Rakauskaitė / Rakė and Adnan Softić