string attached – research


residency oct – dec @Hangar Lisbon 2016

string pieces - connection to the city of lisbon 2016
in process …. string pieces – connection to the city of Lisbon 2016


dat@work – searching for vanues/ foto ©Rui Cid


Open Studio Day 15th october 2016


sketch 001_ fotocopy, string, black carpet, nails;


Research location

abandon factory

38.509280°N 8.844791°W

factory horizon
factory horizon

strings attached to


next to Power Station

38.509280°N 8.844791°W

power station
power station
next to PS

Barreiro – industrial zone outside view



Residency at Hangar, Lisbon funded by


beauty of destruction

quARTal festival

16.-18.9.2019 Sofia, Bulgaria

“beauty of destruction” is travelling …


beauty of destruction @ atelie plastelin

ul. Tsar Simeon 48, 1202 Sofia

downstairs in the room of snails

“Красотата на разрухата”

Наблюдавайки различни места – празни складове или индустриални обекти независимо къде, има много детайли които изглеждат навсякъде приблизително еднакви, присъствието на хората в празното пространство е осезаемо – синтетични материали, счупени стъкла, хартия и други остатъци от човешко присъствие, разказват за историята на съответното място.



beauty of destruction @ dom na kinoto (cinema house)

ul. Ekzarh Yosif 37, 1000 Sofia

Kunst am Bau


Fassadengestaltung “Haus der Religion – Dialog der Kulturen”


Kunst am Bau

Nika Spalinger &  Daria Tchapanova

Europaplatz Bern, Schweiz

Eröffnung 14. Dezember 2014

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work in progress



The project is based on the story of a young boy, Bradlee Lovedale, who lives in a residential building „Vinay Court“ close to the Warwick Junction in Durban (SA).
The work was initiated in 2013 and tells Bradlee‘s story of a diamond (a tattoo on his arm). It stands for hope in a difficult living situation. The video gives inside to the story and shows the life inside a building, a place away from public, from the pespective of the author.

Projekt 2013 -2015 „everything must shine for me“

Ausstellung artSpace 02.- 12.08.2014

im Rahmen des 25.UIA Kongress 3.-7. August 2014, Durban, SA

140814_Städtebauliche Probleme Südafrikas- Architektur für alle – Kunst & Architektur Nachrichten –





work in progress 2013

about the work and the place

the space

project “vandalism”

march – october 2012

exhibition 1. -30. september 2012

Funda Community College

Soweto, South Africa

participating artist

Daria Tchapanova, Similo Hlatshwayo, Happy Dhlame, Thuso Moruthane, Senzo Nhlapo; Ubuthle Bobunto Arts – Bongani Khumalo, Joseph Monnatlala, Lehlohonolo Mkhasibe, Mzimkulu Gojo, Thulani Zondo;

opening 1st september 2012

The project is focused on symbolical functions of spaces in and around Soweto and the preconceived idea about social behavior as informed by vandalism. The conceived idea of this project-space as a working process negotiates a better understanding about space configuration, order, structure,transformation and the role spaces play in our social construct. As well as the importance of visual arts and its contribution in society, especially in Soweto.

About Funda

„When it set up as Funda Centre in 1984 under the chairmanship of Professor Eskia Mphahlele, it was the fist institution of its kind in a major black urban community. Funda won respect here and abroad for its diverse range of community adult education projects and as a major rallying point for the people of Soweto during the years of apartheit struggle“ (city press, Nov. 1998)

About Funda Community College (funda = to read)
“Funda Community College, formally known as „African Institute of Art“, was built 1984 and came out from this revolt. It is a Non-Governmental Organization and was built by 18 community based organizations as a direct response to the revolt in 1976. The idea was to create an institution which provides alternative education for the socially disadvantage population of Soweto and other townships around South Africa.
The Urban Foundation London, which established a sister organization in South Africa, was commissioned to implement new structures of housing and education. They created better looking houses around Soweto, which were made for the middle class communities, like teachers, doctors, lawyers, ect. They also built Funda Community College, to give the people education they may want.
At the beginning the institution consisted of four centers: the art center, the teachers center, the adult education center, which used to offer enterprise development and social conflict resolution with tutorials for public lectures. Funda became a place were the education and cultural activists of Soweto were based. It was the place where the first teachers union of the country was launched as well as the first branch of the Democratic Party. It was a place where the Panafrican Congress had memorial lectures undertaken in the big lecture hall and in fact the art center was an ANC (African National Congress) underground base with a front in social documentation and film.” Motsumi Makhene, Head of Board, Fine Arts Department F.C.C.