In 2012. obtained her diploma of Master of Arts in Art Education (print making department) from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. In 2019. obtained her second diploma of Master of Arts in Film and video from the Arts Academy in Split. Andrea is a free lance artist expressing herself through different media such as illustration, print making, photography, video, painting, drawing, installation, costume design, performance and street art. Since 2015, she has been a member of the Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HULU Split).
Young woman with a soul of a white crow dreams her inner worlds. Movie consists of nine chapters, each one representing a poem. Through each chapter we get a glimpse of another stage of the heroine’s journey.
Lucija Polonijo is a young new media artist and cultural worker from Rijeka. She graduated from Applied Arts (MA 2015) and Media Arts and Practices (MA 2017) at the Academy of Applied Arts, University of Rijeka. She worked at the Gallery SKC, Student Cultural Center of the University of Rijeka, and as the coordinator of the Kitchen of Diversity program of the European Capital of Culture project. While working in the Kitchen, she was engaged in implementing programs that cover various areas of cultural and social activities (literature, publishing, media, music, audio-visual activities, innovative artistic and cultural practices, gastronomy). Currently, she works at the Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe (CAS SEE), UNIRI as a program coordinator, in NGO Akumulator, which she founded with her colleagues artists and as a producer of the international event Glowing Globe, Center for Innovative Media APURI. As an artist, she mainly deals with (video) performance, photography, installation, but her work includes other related media. She is exploring a personal, intimate performative act documented by video and photography presented in gallery conditions. Her artworks question gender, identity, media, and consumerism. Lucija has exhibited in over 20 group exhibitions and festivals, while her artworks are set as permanent exhibits in Lovran and Rijeka’s public spaces
Minimalist, repetitive video performance carried by new media artist Lucija Polonijo explores the relationships between creating art and the individual’s basic survival in society. The artist examines the question: Who has the right to participate in the art (and culture)? It is hard to balance a full-time job with an art career; not many artists have the luxury of being able to leave their daily jobs. Moreover, a steady income, especially at the beginning of an artistic career, is essential as artists are mostly unable to support themselves through art. The artist starts from her own experience, working on many low-wage service jobs to study and pursue art. With this performance, she marked the beginning of work on a large culture project as a kind of intimate diary of her personal and professional development path. She performed on the last day of her waitressing job when she came to clean the cafe after the weekend shift and perform an intimate performance after a long artistic break. Lucija recorded part of the private performance (performance without the audience), and she edited the video material. She often uses her own body as a medium of artistic expression. In the act itself, she primarily strives for personal transformation, and only after that to communicate with the outside world. This performance is part of broader artistic research on the synthesis of art and life in order to raise public awareness that without culture and art, we cannot consider ourselves a developed society.
Zachary Finkelstein is a film and video maker based in Toronto, Ontario. His projects have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Film Board of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and Bravo!FACT. Zachary’s film and video work has been programmed in film festivals and curated in art galleries across Canada and internationally. His work deals with themes of environmentalism, and the confluence of science and art in film and media production. Zachary is currently a partial load faculty member in Humber College’s Film and Media Production B.A. program.
Port Lands presents Toronto’s industrial waterfront as a complex landscape in which past, present, and future geographies transition and converge. Using archival aerial photographs, microscopic videography and Lidar data mapping, this work documents how aquatic life has persisted despite intense industrialization. This work merges three non-human-centered perspectives of the Port Lands with an original sound design by Mitchell Akiyama that evokes both the ecological and industrial presences of the area. As a result, we are asked to consider the Port Lands as an enduring ecology on the brink of uncertain future development.
Vera Chotzoglou is a Visual artist working with time based media. They are an Athens School of Fine arts’ BA & MFA graduate, Department of Visual Arts, Fine Arts & Art Education (2013-2018). They had studied in Academy of Fine Arts in Munich with an Erasmus+ scholarship, Fine Arts & Art Education (2016-2017) with professors Jorinde Voigt & Stephan Dillemuth They has participated in various workshops, such as;”Writing and directing for documentary…” by Robert Rombout, 5th Peloponnisos International Documentary Film Festival, Kalamata, Greece (2019), “No questions, please!” Interviews as an artistic practice in film and video art” by Antonia Rahofer, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece (2018), “Stay in Touch”, Athens School of fine Arts, Athens, Greece (2018), Sound Workshop by Paul Paulon, Studio Jorinde Voigt, Berlin Germany (2017). They was awarded with the Scholarship to cover Degree Expenses from Athens School of Fine arts (2018),audience award for the short film “Munich almost killed me ½” at 2th Piraeus Film Festival in Athens(2018) and SNF Artist Fellowship Award by Stavros Niarchos Foundation (2019) They has exhibited internationally at Centrum Berlin, Berlin, Germany Eos Gallery, Athens A.Antonopoulou Gallery, Athens, GRRL HAUS CINEMA, Berlin, Hacker Porn Film Festival, Rome, Platforms project, Athens, Foto Wien, Austria, 6th Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece, Inshort Film Festival, Lagos, Negiria, Action Field Kodra, Thessaloniki,2th Pireus Film Festival,Athens, Belleve di Monaco, Munich, TAF Gallery, Athens et al. Vera Chotzoglou lives and works between Athens and Berlin
monstera deliciosa; an originally tropical plant, used indoors as an aesthetic, decorative object. In this work, monstera becomes the symbol of our recent internment experience. A state that deviated us from our familiar course, as if the world was blown away in a delirious drift and derailed, in terms of an unexpected pause. In this narration video, the indoor scenes, eliminate time and connote a state of disarray; inertia bodies, the monstera in an indoor storm, wild animals in captivity, lighting bolts, an orgasm scene, a Luchador getting prepared, an athenian balcony. The strobe lights, reveal the party echo, while the narration, focuses in monstera’ s features and care instructions. In this field of desire, reality, struggle, memory and expectation, a whole new perception of existing is emerging. The accumulated tension, that the state of hold has brought, leads to the persistent bodies’ preparation for wrestling and crash. An “expedition chronicle”, about this totally new context. Pavlina Kyrkou
Born and raised in Dakar, Senegal, Bamar KANE is a 29 years old actor and director. Former engineer, he quits his job in 2018 to focus on his acting career. After a few roles in plays, short movies and feature films, he starts in 2019 to write and direct short films. After My Little Black Girl and Molly, Mirror Mirror is his third short movie.
At a dinner with friends, Omar takes a moment to go to the bathroom. When he looks in the mirror, he finds out that he’s not alone.
Originally from Turku, Finland, Mikkola holds a BA in Journalism from Tampere University. They completed their MFA in Media Production in 2019 at the University of Regina. Mikkola’s work explores themes such as memory, spacial dependences and queer belonging. Their debut film SAARI (2016) was selected to TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival student program in 2017. Mikkola received the Creative Vision Award as a part of the AE Film Festival in 2016. Their latest film Magdaleena premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2020.
The filmmaker sets their trans masculinity into a dialog with an old VHS tape. War games and rituals of masculinity slowly merge in this newly formed space of distortion and improvised video processing.
Giuseppe Cardaci is a young director from Catania, Italy. He graduated in Graphic Design from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Catania and specialised in Film and New Media at NABA in Milan. The musical theme is recurring throughout his work, including his first short film: Carmen (2015). The movie has run at several national and international film festivals and has collected numerous awards and acclaims. Coming back from the USA, after a semester studying Film School at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, he decides to write a story about the Italianness and the tradition, the themes that still have a charm overseas. That’s when Italia was born, a short musical which precedes a potential feature film written by the director. At the same time, Giuseppe Cardaci directs Due Mesi e mezzo and A family tradition. Short films realized for Ciak magazine and MINI COOPER Italy, under the production of Officine Fare Cinema e Anteo and the artistic supervision of Italian director Silvio Soldini.
These tapes has been found in a basement. The author is not know, but this is a possible story enclosed in these images
Kopal Joshy (b. 1993) is a director and director of photography of Indian origin based in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2018, she finished her MA in documentary directing at DocNomads (joint master’s Erasmus Mundus), which takes place between Portugal, Hungary and Belgium, with an Erasmus + scholarship. In 2015, she finished her degree in digital video production at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, in India. In 2013, she received a scholarship to study photography at Edinburgh College of Arts, Scotland. Her current project ‘Somos Dois Abismos’ was presented at the project development laboratory Arché, supervised by Luciano Rigolini in Porto / Post / Doc Film Festival, Porto, in 2018. In 2019, she participated in the artistic residency Plano Frontal – Cinematographic Residency, integrated at the Melgaço International Documentary Festival
Traversing between the banality and the weight of words travelling via postcards, Letters to Nowhere is a cine-letter looking at words concealed outside of a sealed envelope. This visual poem tells the story of a fragile time in the life of the protagonist and her loved ones. She witnesses and narrates through her childish eyes, back then and now. Through the act of concealing the words of the past yet again, a dialogue about a familiar vulnerability is opened through unfamiliar voices behind anonymous letters.
Benedetta Sani was born in 1994 in Italy. She got a MFA in Multimedia Arts from Urbino Academy of Fine Arts. Her research deals with the moving image in all its forms. Especially towards animation, reuse of pre-existing film, photographic and sound materials and the concept of expanded cinema. Her works were exhibited at 18° Festival international Signes de Nuit (Paris), 55° Pesaro film fest, Avvistamenti XII edition, Blooming Festival, Sonimage 6° exhibition of sounds and images (IT).
The divine maiden knows the inebriating flower. She discovers that the narcissus radiant beauty is due to the existence of the underground, a world below where the ground was fertilized by a buried seed. Nothing could be born without death, nothing could shine without that unknown darkness.
Sarnt UTAMACHOTE (1992, Thailand) is a filmmaker and curator. He studied Industrial Design (BA) at Chulalongkorn University, and Cinema Studies and Literature Studies (BA) at the Freie University of Berlin. He currently produces/directs/edits independent short films and commercial videos with interdisciplinary approaches. He is a founder of un.thai.tled, a collective of Thai creatives based in Berlin. His last project was the exhibition “Beyond the kitchen: Stories of Thai Park”, where he curated and researched the archive of Thai migration in Berlin with Bezirksmuseum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.
The touristic voyage gaze does not only create an object but also implies the desires and longings of the subject who stares and grasps. The westerners journey to know about oneself becomes a search for a counter-narrative where the new ‘orient’ is believed to provide the answer to lost origins and a shelter from problems. Many do not recognize the lifestyles of non-western persons, who do not submit to western standards with regard to fashion, self-narratives and occupied space. Many expect non-western persons to be passive and modest, available to offer them care and a sense of belonging. With the neocolonial structures such as global extractivism, backpacking-tourists, international corporates, I aim let this video remind audiences of their possible participations in any of these. I want to convey to audiences the uncanniness of these relationships; as if they were orphaned and were to be adopted by the indigenous ‘mother entities’