VIDEOHOLICA festival is designed as video art forum with international participation to present to the audience of Varna a remarkable and highly valuable programme of video art works. VIDEOHOLICA festival includes organization and presentation of a series of video art projections and exhibitions as well as discussions and workshops concerning video art topics in traditional gallery spaces in Varna and also in non traditional outdoor public spaces, virgin for contemporary art environment, or where it is less known. Bringing together and collaborating with artists, curators, art critics and other art professionals from all around the world, VIDEOHOLICA becomes a meeting place, where artinvolved people, institutions and initiatives communicate and exchange ideas and experience. VIDEOHOLICA keeps alive the discourse about the place of contemporary art in the nowadays Bulgarian society and makes popular on the Bulgarian art stage one of the most important and greatest trends in the contemporary art forms in the world. The festival addresses the professional public as well as that auditorium, which has had no contact with contemporary art until now, and provokes both audiences through organized art activities to look for new meaning and identity amidst creative environment unknown to them so far. VIDEOHOLICA intends to present art works by well-known artists as well as renders opportunity to young artists, who are working in the field of contemporary art and are pursuing innovative practices in a professional manner, to manifest their works distinguished for their original creative language.
Videoholica is supported by the August in Art Foundation, Varna Municipality and other art institutions in Varna. The debut of VIDEOHOLICA video art festival was held in the period 8 – 15 August 2008 in Varna within the framework of the sixth issue of the International Biennial for Visual Arts AUGUST IN ART www.augustinart.com. This first edition of VIDEOHOLICA presented momentary but very detailed picture of the contemporary video art to the Bulgarian auditorium through a series of projections in public spaces. The art institutions of Varna offered their premises for the VIDEOHOLICA Festival expositions, among which were: The Concert Hall of the Varna City Radio, the inner courtyard of the City Gallery of Varna, the inner courtyard of the Archeological Museum, the Art Gallery “Active Art”, the small garden behind the Puppet Theater, and the inner courtyard of the Art Gallery “Georgi Velchev”.
VIDEOHOLICA © Neno Belchev and Pavlina Mladenova
Nenad Nedeljkov, Serbia, “Passing” – 2007 – 3:45
Jean-Gabriel Periot, France, “Nijuman No Borei” – 2007 – 10:00
Lemeh 42, Italy, “How To Make A Table?” – 2008 – 2:30
Beatriz Albuquerque, Portugal, “Futureoscope” – 2007 – 4:24
Viktor Petkov, Bulgaria, “A Brick” – 2006 – 3:33
Jon Monaghan, USA, “Jesus, Jesus Christ” – 2008 – 3:01
Tobias Sternberg, Sweden, “Ballgames” – 2008 – 2:00
Robin Kiteley, England, “Test Phantom” – 2007 – 5:03
Chiara Fumai, Italy, “The Moustache Woman” – 2007 – 1:05
Thorsten Fleisch, Germany – “Energie!” 2007– 5:00
Zsolt Vasarhelyi, Hungary, “Yamakashi” – 2007 – 4:36
Simone Bennet, Netherlands, “The Truth Machine” – 2007 – 10:45
Mary Magsamen and Stephan Hillerbrand, USA,“Let’s Get Married”–2008–3:30
Samba Fall, Senegal/Norway, “Consomania” – 2007 – 4:41
Gerard Freixes Ribera, Spain, “Aislado” – 2007 – 3:20
Jennifer Campbell, Canada, “Trigger” – 2007 – 1:00
Jun’ichiro Ishii, Japan/France, “Promenade” – 2007 – 8:30
Victor Mutelekesha, Zambia/ Norway,“Cry the beloved continent”–2007–7:47
ABOUT THE CURATORS
Tsvetan Krastev is a conceptual artist and exhibition curator. He was born in 1961 in Varna, Bulgaria.He graduated from the Specialized Secondary School of Fine Arts in Kazanlak in 1981. He is a co-founder,co-director and co-curator of Videoholica International Video Art Festival. Tsvetan was rewarded with awards of Bulart Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria in 2006; Stalker Graphic Design Studio in 2005; George Velchev Art Museum, Varna, Bulgaria in 2003 and others. Among his major solo exhibitions, the following were arranged at: the National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria (2005); George Velchev Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria (2003), Yuka Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria (2002); Autumn Exhibitions, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2001); Bulart Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria (2001), etc.
Neno Belchev works as freelance multidisciplinary artist as well as independent curator. He was born in 1971 in Varna, Bulgaria. He graduated in Mural Painting from the National Academy for Fine Arts in Sofia in 1997. He is a co-founder, co-director and co-curator of Videoholica International Video Art Festival. He has curated projects and exhibitions in Bulgaria, whilst his art has been exhibited abroad.