Bulgarian art films enter Blinkvideo for the first time

The Shooting Ghosts online programme is part of Goethe Institut's long-term project Moving Images Bulgaria-Germany

Ear Cleaning. Photo: Veneta Androva

Shooting Ghosts is an online video programme offering a fragmented view of existing practices in the area of Bulgarian video art, more broadly framed as “moving image”. The selection has been curated by artists Kalin Serapionov and Krasimir Terziev.

The online programme will be available on the Blinkvideo.de platform - one of the largest international professional platforms for video art, which has built a community of thousands of video artists, curators and collectors from around the world. This marks the first time that Bulgarian art is featured on the platform, but also the beginning of a series of online and offline events aimed at cultural exchange between Bulgarian and German artists working with the media of video and film. Shooting Ghosts will be followed by a special selection by German curator Ludwig Seyfarth and in 2021 an exhibition presenting video art from both countries will be organised in Sofia.

Shooting Ghosts is composed of 10 art films by 10 Bulgarian artists from different generations and with different approaches to the video medium. The common denominator is the speculative narrative - a narrative that conveys not only what is in front of the camera lens, but all the ghosts that cannot be captured by technology. Thus, video art is trying to not merely describe but transform the world, the curators say.

They add that “all works in the programme are born out of a personal experience that poses a problem. So they all stay closely connected to reality, as perceived through the artist's personal prism. But the artists complicate the narrative with an entire array of unaccounted possibilities, with all the ghosts and monsters that would be part of the image as seen from a given angle but would remain invisible from another. To realise all the possibilities that form reality, the artists explore the angles of wild imagination, grotesque exaggeration and uncertainty. The works in the programme are shaped by specific ethical and political positions, which reject the idea that the world is a product of predetermined, calculable probabilities. Every artwork is rich in context, necessary for a full experience and comprehension.”

The programme includes video works by the following Bulgarian artists: Veneta Androva, Neno Belchev, Mitch Brezounek, Marina Genova, Nadejda Oleg-Lyahova, Kalin Serapionov, Dimitar Shopov, Kamen Stoyanov, Samuil Stoyanov and Krassimir Terziev. The featured works touch on a wide range of topics, including past traumas and the burden of the present, failed expectations, discarded (and rediscovered) memories, inter-generational dependencies, unorthodox visions of dystopian future, etc. In this series of video stories, the past meets the present and speculation meets truth, producing a possible image of contemporary video art in Bulgaria.

The film selection can be viewed for free at https://blinkvideo.de/ghosts until 31 December.



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