Moving Images, Moving Bodies

Video, art films, performances and meetings with artists from Germany and Bulgaria at three locations in Sofia

Photo: Studio Punkt

Moving Images, Moving Bodies started out as an exhibition project of Goethe-Institut Bulgaria designed to showcase video art from Bulgaria and Germany. After presenting two online selections of films by nearly 20 authors curated by Ludwig Seyfarth, Kalin Serapionov and Krassimir Terziev, now the project is moving on to an entire week dedicated to video art – with an exhibition spanning three locations, performances, meetings with participants from Germany and Bulgaria and screenings of art films.

Between 23 and 29 August, the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia (ICA-Sofia), the Credo Bonum Gallery and the independent art space Bobbina will jointly host an exhibition that will feature some of the most intriguing names of the Bulgarian and German contemporary arts scene employing video in their artistic arsenal: Boryana Petkova, Dimitar Solakov, Evamaria Schaller, Kamen Stoyanov, Kristin Burckhardt, Mina Minov, Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova, Sevda Semer, Stella Geppert and Teboho Edkins. Each of the locations will host performances and conversations with the participating artists.

At the core of the Moving Images, Moving Bodies exhibition lies the theme of the human body and the exploration of interpersonal relations through the medium of video. The event will be kicked off on 23 August with an official opening and a tour of the three locations, starting at 6 p.m. from Bobbina Space and ending at the ICA-Sofia, where German artist Stella Geppert will give a performance.

Throughout the week, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria will have evening screenings of Bulgarian art films from the Shooting Ghosts selection curated by Krassimir Terziev and Kalin Serapionov. The institute will also host a conversation with Mario von Kelterborn – founder of one of the major private collections of contemporary art with a special focus on the video medium – and an evening of performances by Evamaria Schaller as well as Sevda Semer and Kristin Burkhard, who will present their first joint project. At the same time, Goethe-Institut is presenting the Becoming a Figure exhibition by Veneta Androva and Peter Odinzow.

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