Kremena and Kurt

In addition to drag queens, Kurt and Kremena like to photograph discarded couches, roadside attractions, and all things found on the peripheries. Between 2011 and 2014 they traveled to Los Angeles, Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Antonio, and Portland to photograph the people who live near the couches and easy chairs left on the these cities’ curbs. The resulting collection of images, DISCARDED: USA, is an ongoing artwork scheduled to be completed in 2015. Currently, Kurt and Kremena are working on the Cincinnati Tattoo Project, the Detroit Tattoo Project, and Love Letter To the World: artworks that have grown from the Lexington Tattoo Project. Kurt and Kremena have exhibited their collaborative work in Lexington, KY; Venice Beach, CA; Indianapolis, IN; Oneonta, NY; and San Antonio, TX.

Kremena teaches American Literature as well as classes that ask her students at Transylvania University to meet and work with their neighbors face to face. Born and raised in Communist Bulgaria, she continues to draw inspiration for her art and teaching from Timur and his commitment to community. She became an official American on December 10, 2010.

Kurt teaches Studio Art at Transylvania University and makes art to invite conversations about contemporary social issues, from marginalized sexualities to the experience of homelessness. Recently, he has become newly invigorated by plans to reseed the clouds over Kentucky with meat, in loving memory of the Kentucky meat rain of 1876.

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