PROJECT 0 by Kiril Kuzmanov

Project 0 by Kiril Kuzmanov started within the framework of Project 01 by Svetoslav Michev and Kiril Kuzmanov and curator Vladiya Mihaylova as part of Background: Young Artists 2010 exhibition by Sariev Gallery and Open Arts Foundation.

Project 0 envisages the construction of a double mirror wall that will cross perpendicularly Zlatarska Street in The Trap – a quarter in Plovdiv. 0 fits closely to the relief of the building facades on both sides of the street, with each side of 0 being constructed from 25 fragments
– 12 pieces measuring 204×102 cm., and 13 pieces of varying sizes, a total of 50 fragments. The fragments each have a serial number, as well as one fiftieth of all the components that
make up 0. Each of the fifty fragments will be produced when ordered by a person who wishes to be part of 0, at a net cost of the order, without including any surplus value whatsoever.
The process of realization of Project 0 is related with the setting up of a platform for generation of contents and dialogue. It aims to enhance the range of possible subjects and issues by including all participants in the project – partners, groups and individuals who have placed an order for a fragment, the inhabitants from Zlatarska Street in Kapana Quarter, those who are interested in the project, alongside comments by sociologists, cultural scientists, art critics, architects, etc.
The development of the platform closely follows the process of fragments being ordered, meanwhile creating a critical and public environment for the realization of Project 0.
This is how the “path” of Project 0 until May 2013 will be documented and at the same time presented as a process in which a project takes place in public space hence suggesting strategies of presentation, motivation, interests and perceptions of a wide range of people and institutions.


0 is a project idea generated by the space itself, and the people who inhabit it.
0 is an imaginary utopian filter for images, concepts and meanings passing by.
0 aims to re-activate the public imagination about the space by exploring and non-intrusively commenting on urban space, on stereotypes of living, of inhabiting, and whether these make a neighborhood visible or invisible.
0 is a “non-object”, “nonmaterial” filter composed of fragments with no remainder.
Kiril Kuzmanov

Project 0 is a work about the visionary, Utopian image, but likewise about the frame of the work as a specific filter, a media tending to the attainable zero of meanings. In a sense, it is the trap in The Trap, locked in the tight inaccessible and invisible space between the backs of two mirrors.

For his work Kiril Kuzmanov plans to set up a large double mirror in one of the narrowest streets in the very center of the quarter. The mirror closely fits the relief of the buildings facades on both sides, perpendicularly crossing the street. The author tackles a sophisticated idea of building a sculpture in public space, thus rationalizing the specific architectural environment that as though stretches in the mirror, strips itself from meaning and becomes transformed into a smooth reflective surface. Kiril Kuzmanov sets a limit, it is the boundary between the imaginary and the real which cuts off the space of the street and closes it into the infinite cycle of a recurrent image. The mirror is a pause, it is space and non-space, an image and a non-image. Simultaneously present in urban areas and absent from them, it consequently becomes a work which has departed from itself alone. It is paradoxically focused on the impossible and unimaginable space enclosing the structure between the two mirrors. Intersected by the mesh of scaffolding pipes, this is an area of pure reality. It is the trap.

To the artist, the central idea is to create a non-object, immaterial work, a work consisting of fragments without a remainder or redundancy. The mirror is constructed from fifty separate pieces. Thus the integrity of the reflection is distorted, the fine raster lines between the pieces accentuate on the construction of the image – the image always has a frame, in its ostensive entirety and seeming comprehensiveness there is always a fragment. Kiril Kuzmanov sets authorship apart from the ownership of the work. Each of the pieces of the mirror will have an owner in advance, before being inserted into the structure. At the time of its realization the work will no longer belong to its author. At the same time, however, it will not be an integrate work, a whole piece of art at any other time, except only while and where it is accomplished, thus further emphasizing its site-specificity. The cost of each of the fragments is determined based on the cost of each of the materials used for creating the structure, with no surplus, in order to emphasize the idea of nothing to spare, of lack of redundancy which the author suggests. By creating a filter – work without work, an image without an image, architecture without architecture, a street without a street, Kiril Kuzmanov creates space. This is the Utopian space of the mirror which, acting on the principle of reflection, constitutes a specific location and puts “me”/”us” in a certain place.
Text: Vladia Mihailova


The realization of Project 0 involves a process of the author ceding the ownership of each of the fifty fragments, of which 24 pieces are sized 204 x 102 cm, and 26 pieces have varying dimensions. In this way, at the time of completion of the artwork its authorship will be separate from its ownership.
The idea is being implemented by way of ordering concrete fragments marked on a map-legend (link to the legend) indicating their respective individual numbers. The cost of a fragment is determined by the cost of the materials, time and labour invested in creating the 0, no added value.
Anyone willing to order a fragment may do so by making a donation at the Open Arts Foundation. A fragment sized 204×102 cm comes at a price of 362.25 BGN, and a custom-sized fragment is 409,50 BGN.

For every donation made, the author will issue a certificate of possession of a specific fragment and the client will sign a donation agreement with the Open Arts Foundation.

Mirror fragments shall be delivered after the completion of Project 0 in the Kapana Quarter, or else donated sums will be refunded in case not all 50 fragments are ordered until May 2013.

contract of Donation

Made this …………………… in the town of Plovdiv between:

  1. …………………………………………………………………………………….

hereinafter called “DONOR” on the one hand



listed on the Public Register of Non-Profit Legal Entities under company case No 4582/2006 of the Plovdiv Regional Court with a head office and business address in Plovdiv, 5, Otets Paisii Street, BULSTAT 160082202, represented and managed by Veselina Veselinova Sarieva, hereinafter called “BENEFICIARY”, on the other

that agreed on the following:

Article 1. The DONOR endows the BENEFICIARY with the sum of ………… leva (in words ……………………… leva) with the purpose of participating in carrying out Project 0 by Kiril Kuzmanov by claiming a segment of the double mirror, planned to be constructed in Zlatarska Street, between Hristo Diukmekchiev Street and Georgi Benkovski Street in the Kapana quarter in the town of Plovdiv.

Article 2. The BENEFICIARY accepts with gratitude the donation made and undertakes to respect the donor’s will and to use the funds donated for the purpose of carrying out Kiril Kuzmanov’s Project 0, including the following:

Construction of a double mirror as high as the buildings on both sides of Zlatarska Street, between Hristo Diukmekchiev Street and Georgi Benkovski Street in Kapana quarter in the town of Plovdiv. As planned, the mirror shall be placed across the street perpendicularly, while its outlines on the two lateral sides should follow the outlines of the façades of the buildings in the street. Kiril Kuzmanov’s project shall be considered as carried out upon the construction of the mirror and after an exhibition period of 5 to 15 days in the public space of Kapana quarter.

Article 3. The DONATION shall be paid to the benefit of the BENEFICIARY in a leva bank account specially opened for Project 0 in First Investment Bank Plc, ——–

Article 4. This DONATION is to be used with the sole purpose of carrying out Project 0. The deadline for raising the full amount of money needed for carrying out the project that is linked to placing an order for 50 fragments of the planned double mirror shall expire in April 2013. In case after the expiration of the above-mentioned deadline orders for not all of the 50 fragments needed have been placed, Project 0 shall be considered as not being carried out and the full amount of the donation shall be paid back in full to the DONOR in his bank account not later than May 31, 2013.

Article 5. In token of gratitude upon carrying out Project 0 and taking to pieces the double mirror, the BENEFICIARY acts as an intermediary for the DONOR, who shall receive from Kiril Kuzmanov, the author of Project 0, a fragment of the constructed mirror, requested in advance, that is marked by the unpredictable signs of the weather over the exhibition period in the public space of Kapana quarter, Plovdiv.

Article 6. Project 0 is experimental in character and is a project in development. The author and the Open Arts Foundation take responsibility for targeted raising and using of the donations for Project 0 as described in this contract. They shall bear no responsibility for unpredictable natural catastrophes or other force majeure circumstances.

Article 7. The DONOR shall organize himself/herself the transportation of the fragment after the end of the project.

Article 8. A CERTIFICATE for ownership of a fragment of the mirror is an inseparable part of this contract and settles the relations between the DONOR and Kiril Kuzmanov, the author of Project 0, providing detailed information about Project 0.

A calculation of the project as well as a scheme of the project are an inseparable part of this contract – Application 1.

This contract has been made in two identical copies – one for each of the parties.

DONOR:                                                        BENEFICIERY:

(…………………….. – Manager)              (Veselina Sarieva, Manager of the Open Arts Foundation)


for ownership of a fragment


(full name)

Owns fragment # ………………….. of 0 by Kiril Kuzmanov

0 is a project by Kiril Kuzmanov that involves the construction of a double mirror in Zlatarska Street in Kapana quarter in the town of Plovdiv. It shall be placed across the street perpendicularly and shall be as high as the buildings in the street. Its outlines shall follow the outlines of the façades of the buildings on both sides of the street.

It is the basic idea that the fragment is separated from the author and his rights over the project at the moment of its realization. The mirror shall consist of 50 fragments, the ownership of each of them being donated by the author before the realization of the project.

This certificate is a document signed between the author and the owners of the fragment.

The owners of the fragments shall receive them after the project 0 has been carried out and the mirror has been taken to pieces.

AUTHOR: ………………………………..

0 is a project by Kiril Kuzmanov that started within the framework of Project 01 by Svetoslav Michev and Kiril Kuzmanov and curator Vladiya Mihaylova as part of Background: Young Artists 2010 by Sariev Gallery.

Project 0

Sariev Gallery