Iara Boubnova, curator and art critic from Sofia was born in Moscow, Russia, where she graduated from the Department of Art History and Theory at Moscow State University and worked as a Junior Editor at the Soviet Artist Publishing House. Since 1984, she has lived in Sofia, Bulgaria and worked at the National Gallery for Foreign Art as a curator of the Department of East European Art. She is the founding Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art — Sofia. In 2012 she will curate the 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial in Yekaterinburg (Russia) and the Sofia Contemporary Festival in Sofia.
Among her most recent curatorial projects are: 'Roaming Images. Crossroads of Greek and Arab Culture through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists' at the 3rd Biennial in Thessaloniki, Greece; ‘After the Flight’, ICA Gallery, Sofia; ‘An Elusive Object of Art’, Dana Charkasi Galerie, Vienna (both 2011); ‘Photo I, Photo You’, Calvert 22, London; ‘Beyond Credit’, Istanbul, Turkey (both 2010); ‘From Ideology to Economy. Bulgarian Contemporary Art 20 Years Later,’ State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, Moscow; ‘Techniques’, inaugural show of the ICA Gallery, Sofia; ‘Common History and its Personal Stories’, MUSA (Museum auf Abruf), Vienna; Nedko Solakov, Sofia Municipal Gallery, Sofia; 'Liquid Frontiers' as a part of 'Europe XXL' in Lille, France (2009).
Boubnova is President of the Bulgarian Section of AICA (International Association of Art Critics), a Board Member of the International Foundation Manifesta, a Member of ECP (European Cultural Parliament), of CIMAM (International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art) and IKT (International association of curators of contemporary art). Since 2008 she has been a Memeber of the Artistic Advisory Committee of MOCA China, Hong Kong.