June 9 – July 7, 2023
Opening: Friday, June 9th at 6 p.m.
Curated by Marta Djourina & Boris Kostadinov
Featuring works by: Veneta Androva, János Brückner, Marta Djourina, Daria Koltsova, Anton Stoianov, Saša Tatić
Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia
Group exhibition featuring moving image artworks in public space
April 28 – May 31, Sofia, Bulgaria
Working hours: 17:00 – 00:00
Tsarigradsko Shose blvd. – Eagle’s Bridge, Tsarevets Underpass
Segment 1: April 28 – May 7
Segment 2: May 10 – May 19
Segment 3: May 22 – May 31
Artists: Veneta Androva, Alžběta Bačíková, Elisa Jule Braun, Open Group (Yuriy Biley, Pavlo Kovach, Anton Varga), Ivelina Ivanova, Pauline Curnier Jardin and Feel Good Сooperative, Adrian Paci, Moritz Stumm, Driant Zeneli
Curator: Vasil Vladimirov
Unexpected Care is a group exhibition organised by the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia. It will take place in April 2023 on the underpass of Eagle’s Bridge, a primary public location in the city centre of Sofia. For the duration of one month, the exhibition will feature 9 video artworks from local and international artists. Each work will be presented continuously for ten days in one of three identical abandoned stores which are next to one another.
━ Curatorial Statement ━
The unexpected has always held a certain allure, an invitation to explore beyond the familiar and into the unknown. In this exhibition, the unexpected is not only a theme but a fundamental component of its structure. It challenges us to reconsider our understanding of care, to explore the ways in which it can manifest in unexpected forms and expressions.
The format and location of the exhibition are themselves an act of care, granting new meaning and function to the abandoned stores that illuminate the underpass. The dark, transient space becomes a canvas for radical experimentation, a space where the limitations of conventional art display are cast aside and replaced with new possibilities for community engagement.
In the first segment, the artworks themselves are a testament to the transformative power of care, inviting us to question the very foundations of artistic production and representation. We are confronted with a powerful critique of the prevailing power structures that govern our society, challenging us to consider who makes art, who benefits from it, and whether it includes the communities it seeks to represent. The artists move beyond mere critique to become active agents of change, intentionally and meaningfully including people from specific communities in the artistic process. By doing so, they embody an act of care, empathy, and compassion, transforming the very nature of art and its role in our society.
In the second segment, the artists expose the inherent absurdity and contradiction of certain social and economic processes, helping us to understand our subordination and to challenge the inevitability of these systems. Finally, in the third and final segment, alternative modes of storytelling are employed to convey the deep care and empathy that are often missing from depictions of violence and trauma.
The exhibition serves as a potent reminder of the radical potential of art, its ability to challenge us, to inspire us, and to transform the world around us. Through its innovative format and powerful content, it offers a vision of care that is at once visionary and practical, calling on us to engage with the urgent issues of our time and to embrace the unexpected in all its forms.
The project is organised by the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia and is implemented with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture.
The Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia thanks for the support provided by Sofia Municipality and with the assistance of “Egida-Sofia” Ltd.
A Few Ways to Win the World
Location: Doza Gallery, Sofia
Veneta Androva, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Martina Vacheva, Mariela Gemisheva, Alla Georgieva, Gery Georgieva, Ivo Dimchev, Orlin Dvorianov and the “Kukuvden” Group, Vladimir Ivanov, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Tsvetan Krastev, Ventseslav Kostov, Albena Mihailova – Benji, Ivan Mudov, Stefan Nikolaev, Adelina Popnedeleva, Rassim ®, Boryana Rossa and ULTRAFUTURO, Georgi Ruzhev, Veselin Sariev, Kalin Serapionov, Nedko Solakov, Sasho Stoitsov, Krasimir Terziev, Houben Tcherkelov, Stanka Tsonkova – Usha and personal archives.
FROM UNIVERSE TO UNIVERSE
Duration: March 11, 2023 – April 10, 2023
Location: Feldbusch Wiesner Rudolph Gallery, Jägerstraße 5, 10117 Berlin
Jürgen Wittdorf (1932-2018) And Veneta Androva, Norbert Bisky, Harry Hachmeister, Bettina Semmer
Duration: September 04, 2022 – Januar 31, 2023
Location: Schloss Biesdorf, Alt-Biesdorf 55, 12683 Berlin
Wittdorf was a master of creative nuances. In addition to his masterful woodcuts, he is also known for numerous book illustrations as well as for his expressive portraits and nude drawings. His breakthrough as an artist in the GDR came with his depictions of young people, who were not idealized as workers and peasants but portrayed as seekers with all their wishes and longings. What earned Wittdorf the reproach of “westernisation” from the authorities was enthusiastically celebrated by the youth. Schloss Biesdorf pays tribute to Jürgen Wittdorf in a comprehensive presentation. Wittdorf’s works are juxtaposed in the exhibition with contemporary positions.
with Veneta Androva, D’Andrade, Michelle-Marie Letelier, Sharon Paz, Juliane Tübke
curated by Katharina von Hagenow
June 30 – Dezember 31, 2022
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Exhibition opening hours and programme:
The exhibition is supervised Mon. – Thu. from 1 – 4 pm, if you have any problems or questions, call Prater Gallery at: 030 90295-3812
Prater Digital on the Road:
Exhibition tour with VR goggles
September 8, 2022 4 – 8 pm
as part of the summer festival at Ernst-Thälmann Park
Danziger Straße 101
September 8, 2022 3 – 8 Pam
21/09. | 1/10.| 23/11. | 14/12. 6 – 7 pm each
Exhibition tour with Katharina v. Hagenow
02/11/2022 6 – 7 pm
Evening Conversation with Zsófia Puszt on her project Democracy and Me at Prater Digital.
Registration at: [email protected]
Curator: Katharina von Hagenow
Coding and Design Mozilla Hubs galery room: Studio für unendliche Möglichkeiten (Gloria Schultz (Lead),
Julian Kamphausen, Konstantin Andörfer, Vadim Smakthin)
Technical support and documentation of residencies: Abdulsalam Ajaj
Prater Galerie: Tereza Havlíková, Lena Prents und Julie Rüter
POST NORMAL is an exhibition of works by the five artists who have participated in the Prater Gallery’s digital residency programme. The Prater Gallery has invited artists to explore the challenges of a digital exhibition space, and to try out their own work in the Prater Digital rooms. Taking their own artistic works as a basis, the artists have discovered different ways of approaching the digital gallery space.
The exhibition title POST NORMAL is borrowed from the work by Sharon Paz. It refers to the concept of ‘postnormal times’ (PNT) developed by Ziauddin Sardar. In 2010, Sardar described the present day as an interim phase during which old orthodoxies would die out while new ones were still to be born – a phase during which very little would appear to make sense. The digital space permits the playful abolition of the boundaries imposed in physical space. After all, who can make objects float in mid-air in the physical space, as Juliane Tübke does in her piece? Or deconstruct architecture entirely, like Michelle-Marie Letelier in her work, in which the digital gallery space is continually and increasingly disrupted? Starting from our bodily experiences and the limitations imposed in the physical space, we must still learn to move anew in the digital space. As a municipal gallery, we are investigating ways to operate in the digital space. It is with the aim of exploring this together with artists and the public that we have set up the digital residencies whose results we present in this exhibition.
Exhibition/Award Ceremony at Münzenberg Forum Berlin
Opening September 30, 2022 at 7pm
Franz-Mehring-Platz 1, 10243 Berlin
Duration: September 30 – November 11, 2022
‘AIVA’ as one of the award winners (first prize in the film competition) will be presented at the exhibition.
WARM UP at the Goldkante, blicke filmfestival
November 09, 2022 at 8:30pm
Goldkante, Alte Hattinger Str. 22, 44789 Bochum
‘AIVA’ will be screened together with OMA (Lenia Friedrich), BERÜHR’ MICH (Hendrik Ströhle), DOOM CRUISE (Hannah Stragholz & Simon Steinhorst), CATSITTER (Lukas Becker), as part of the WARM UP event for the 30th edition of blicke filmfestival.
International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
Duration: October 18 – October 23, 2022
Panel Discussion: Animation Perspectives
In the fourth edition of the “Animation Perspectives” dialogue seating, directors Veneta Androva and Tang Han will discuss their work as artists. The event includes a screening of two works from previous two editions of DOK Leipzig: Veneta Androva’s fictional computer-animated vision of the future, “AIVA” (2020), in which the male mentality of an engineer absurdly seeks to program gender equality into the art market, and Tang Han’s Silver Dove-winning “Pink Mao” (2020), a humorous examination of the 100-yuan note. While maintaining an ironic distance, both artists examine roles in society and pose the question of how the term “animated film” may be understood. As fundamentally different as their artistic styles may be, parallels can be found in their basic interdisciplinary approach, which explores the boundaries of animation.
15. filmzeit | Das Allgäuer Autorenfilmfestival
October 9 – October 16, 2022
Colosseum Center, Königstraße 3, Kempten
‘AIVA’ will be screened as part of the international competition program.
THE HOUSE THAT MUM BUILT
Saturday, September 10, 2-8 pm
exhibition with lectures, concerts and performances
curated by Alex Winterstein, Daniel Hopp, Lena Mai Merle
September 11-17, 2-8 pm
Santos Road 32b
The House that Mum Built’ and the accompanying week-long program abundant with lectures, performances, readings and concerts.
Mothers moving out cause a shift in reality; rearranging old structural components and merging mythical memories, fragments cluttered together in packing cartons and stumbling over alien boxes (always where they shouldn’t be) in that liminal space between entry and exit.
Mothers, in passing by the row of roped-in heaving shoulders, make space for new gatherings.
So, cuddle up on Mum’s old bed for Mum’s movie night, or if you need to cool your head after all the flux and hugs, take a walk to hear a lecture at 8pm in Hop Pole Pub, which is just a shimmy down the road.
To stay informed about the schedule, live stream and documentation follow @svntos32 on Instagram.
Veneta Androva Babeworld River Cao Keren Cytter Jesse May Fisher Adam Grainger (FORTH) Daniel Hopp Sarah Hablützel und Marko Mijatovic Aidan Jakfar Wednesday Kim Harold Offeh Patrick Panetta Sean Roy Parker Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel Coleman Stewart Alice Theobald Deividas Vytautas Twee Whistler Katharina Jabs Goscha Steinhauer Paola Estrella Chloe Langlois Qingqing Liu Imran Nafees Siddiqui Sophie Schweighart Raphael Sbrzesny Friederike Steinert Max Weisthoff Rieko Whitfield Rainer Ganahl Anna Gohmert Laal Hartaal Olga Hohmann Charlotte Klink Hannelore Paflik-Hubber Henning Lundkvist Marcus Steinweg Annabelle Agbo Godeau Belia Brückner Amalie Gabel Johannes Herrmann Laura Franzmann Magdalena Los Lena Mai Merle Kevin Siwoff Clara Palmberger-Süße Henrik Potter Chloe Rose Purcell Leomi Sadler Øyvind Sørfjordmo Alex Winterstein Layan Hell Stanislav Iordanov Leonie Kellein Tammy Langhinrichs Jano Möckel Justin Piccirilli Andy Prepp Wieland Schönfelder Tim Skinner Esther Dow Ungemach Fritz Lehmann Joscha Blankenburg Serena Ferrario Ruudu Ulas Takeo Marquardt Goscha Steinhauer Tizian Baldinger Paul Voggenreiter
Date: May 10, 2022
Location: Camera Austria, Graz
Location: Lichtburg Star, Oberhausen
Date: April 07, 2022
Location: LUX, Nijmegen
Date: April 01, 2022
Location: LWL Industriemuseum
Exhibition opening: March 17, 2022 at 6pm
Networking meeting: March 19, 2022 at 3pm
Duration: March 17, 2022 -March 26, 2022.
Location: Roam project space, Berlin
Location: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden
‘AIVA’ is part of the short film program KÜNSTLICH (eng. ARTIFICIAL), curated by FILMFEST DRESDEN and part of the 8th Künstlermesse in Dresden.
Duration: November 18, 2021 – January 31, 2022 via Goethe-On-Demand platform, accessible for the US and Canada.
‘From My Desert’ will be screened as part of the program ‘Emerging Artists – Contemporary and Experimental Films and Video Art from Germany’ on November 24, 2021, 5:30pm at Passos Manuel, Porto.
‘AIVA’ will be screened as part of the Shorts Alternatives program ‘Black Nights Comedy’ of the 25th PÖFF.
‘From My Desert’ will be screened as part of the program ‘Emerging Artists – Contemporary and Experimental Films and Video Art from Germany’ on November 23, 3pm at Karaca Cinema, Izmir.
III Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival
Duration: November 12, 2021 – November 21, 2021
‘From My Desert’ will be screened on November 13, 3:30pm as part of ‘Emerging Artists – Contemporary and Experimental Films and Video Art from Germany’ at Pera Museum, Istanbul.
EthicAI=Forum 2021, part of EthicAI=LABS, a regional project by the Goethe-Institutes in Athens, Bucharest, Ankara, Sarajevo, Sofia and Zagreb.
Date: 18.November 2021
“AIVA” will be screened as part of EthicAI=Forum 2021.
‘AIVA’ will be screened on November 19, 1:15pm in BALi Kino, Kassel.
‘AIVA’ will be screened on November 20 and again on November 21 at Filmhaus Kino as part of the competition program.
‘AIVA’ will be screened on November 20, 8pm at endstation.kino Bochum as part of the competition program.
5. VISIONÄR Film Festival Berlin | Encounters With New Talents
Duration: November 10, 2021 – November 14, 2021
‘AIVA’ will be screened as part of the Short Berlin Encounters program.
‘AIVA’ will be screened as part of the special program “In Memory of the Future”, curated by Alena Koroleva.
‘From My Desert’ will be screened as part of the “Sylver Lynx Animation” Competition
17th 25FPS International Experimental Film And Video Festival
Duration: September 23, 2021 – September 26, 2021
‘AIVA’ will be screened as part of the Competition program.
ARS ELECTRONICA 2021 // A New Digital Deal // CyberArts Exhibition
Duration: September 08, 2021 – September 12, 2021
Online and on site in Linz, Austria
Prix Forum: The Re-Enchantment Of Humanism
Speakers: Guangli Liu (CN), Veneta Androva (BG), Erick Oh (KR/US), Helen Starr (TT)
September 12, 2021 at 3:15pm-4pm (CET) online and offline in Linz
Location: OK, OÖ Kulturquartier, Linz
Veneta Androva & Peter Odinzow
Goethe Institute Bulgaria, Sofia
Duration: August 20, 2021 – September 10, 2021
LINOLEUM Contemporary Animation And Media Art Festival
Duration: September 1, 2021 – September 5, 2021
‘AIVA’ will be screened as part of experimental animation program.
Locations: Goethe Institute Bulgaria, Credo Bonum Gallery, ICA, Bobbina Space, Sofia
Duration: August 23, 2021 – August 29, 2021
‘Ear Cleaning’ will be screened as part of the program ‘Shooting Ghosts’ on the 24th August at Goethe Institut Bulgaria
‘AIVA’ will be screened as part of the Balkan Competition program.
‘AIVA’ is selected for the International Competition of 33. FILMFEST DRESDEN
Videoscreening program ‘Short Emotions’ / Videoabend ‘Kurze Emotionen’
Film screening on July 7, 2021 at 8pm, Motorenhalle Projektzentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden
Organized by riesa efau, Kultur Forum Dresden
Selected films: Surface Glaze (Lotte Meret Effinger), Sieben Mal am Tag beklagen wir unser Los und nachts stehen wir auf, um nicht zu träumen (Susann Maria Hempel), PLATEAU (Vanessa Nica Mueller), BEYOND BEACH (Clara Winter & Miguel Ferraez), From My Desert (Veneta Androva), Beast of no Nation (Krzysztof Honowski)
Videoscreening ‘Emerging Artists – Contemporary And Experimental Film And Video Art From Germany’ Vol. 5 At SAC – Spazio Arte Contemporanea In Livorno
July 3, 2021 at the SAC – spazio arte contemporanea in Livorno
A screening event, in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, the cultural association Blob Art and with the partnership of the Municipality of Livorno, AG Kurzfilm and German Films.
Duration: June 14, 2021 – June 20, 2021
‘AIVA’ will be screened in the program Focus: Mirror Mirror on Friday, 18 June 2021 (4pm) in Poznan.
Start 15.06.2021 at 6pm CET
Duration: 15.06.2021 – 20.06.2021
‘Her Accurate Private Mind’ is a live stream video program, part of the exhibition ‘Intimacy and Spectacle in the Age of Social Media’, curated by Vera Mlechevska, Dessislava Dimova and Vessela Nozharova.
Participating artists: Amalia Ulman, Ana Prvacki, Anetta Mona Chisa and Lucia Tkacova, Gery Georgieva, Ivan Moudov, Keira Greene, Kira Nova, Manon de Boer, Miriana Todorova, Rumen Markov, Tsvetan Krastev, Valko Chobanov and Dimitar Shopov, Veneta Androva
‘OASIS’ will be streamed as part of the program.
Shooting Ghosts // Bulgarian Artist Films & Videos On Blinkvideo, Germany
Bulgarian artist films & videos, part of Goethe-Institut’s project ‘Moving Images Bulgaria-Germany’
starting on November 6, 2021
– Veneta Androva ‘Ear Cleaning’ 2018, animation, 18 min
– Neno Belchev ‘My Heart Is an Octopus or My Father on the Shore of the Black Sea’ 2016, experimental autobiographical fiction, 93 min
– Mitch Brezounek ‘How to Become the Best Artist in the World’ 2020, tutorial, 35 min
– Marina Genova ‘New Comfort Zone’ 2019, animation, 3:44 min
– Nadezhda Oleg-Lyahova ‘A Made-up Story’ 2014-2015, video, 13:17 min
– Kalin Serapionov ‘A Blonde Woman in a Red Dress and Bright Lipstick is Talking on the Phone and Smoking a Cigarette’ 2016, video, 5:59 min
– Kamen Stoyanov ‘Havalimani – New Istanbul Dream’ 2017, docufiction, 26:52 min
– Samuil Stoyanov ’10 min National Museum of Natural History’ 2013, video, 10:20 min
– Krassimir Terziev ‘[…] Suspended’ 2020, experimental film, 8:38 min
– Dimitar Shopov ‘Plovdiv Life Vest’ 2017, film forecast, 6:57 min
Duration: 10 April – 5 June 2021
Galeria Espacio Minimo | Dr. Forguet 17, E-28012 Madrid
With works by Norbert Bisky, Lena Marie Emrich, Sonja Eschefeld, Arne Schreiber and Jürgen Wittdorf.
‘AIVA’ is part of the Short Film Competition.
Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen
Duration: Apr 8, 2021 – Apr 22, 2021 (online event)
‘AIVA’ is selected for the European Competition of Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen.
25. Sofia International Film Festival
Duration: March 11, 2021 – April 11, 2021 online geo-blocked for the territory of Bulgaria
‘AIVA’ is part of the Bulgarian Short Film Competition at the hybrid edition of 25. Sofia International Film Festival.
Hungry Eyes Festival
Duration: Feb 05, 2021 – Feb 07, 2021 online geo-blocked for the territory of Germany
‘AIVA’ will be presented at Hungry Eyes Festival as part of a curated short film program.
34. Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival For Expanded Media
Duration: Jan 06, 2021 – Jan 20, 2021, online geo-blocked for the territory of Germany
‘From My Desert’ will be screened at this year Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival For Expanded Media as part of the program ‘Emerging Artists’ Vol 5, curated by Sarah Adam, Anne Gaschütz, Carsten Aschmann, Tobias Hering and Anne Turek. Organized by AG Kurzfilm – German Short Film Association in collaboration with German Films.
KFFK/Short Film Festival Cologne Nr. 14, Germany
‘From My Desert’ is part of the official selection of this year KFFK/Short Film Festival Cologne, Nr. 14 in Germany.
63rd International Leipzig Festival For Documentary And Animated Film, Germany
Duration: October 26 – November 1, 2020
16th 25FPS International Experimental Film And Video Festival, Zagreb
‘From My Desert’ is part of the official selection of this year 25FPS International Experimental Film and Video Festival (24-27/09/2020) in Zagreb.
LINOLEUM Contemporary Animation And Media Art Festival
‘From My Desert’ is part of the official selection of this year LINOLEUM Contemporary Animation And Media Art Festival in Ukraine.