STATEMENT:

“The man is an animal to which only the unnecessary is necessary”  Jose Ortega y Gasset

More and more society is “driven by dreams of an error-free world, of 100 % efficiency, accuracy and predictability”(Lyotard) in technology as well as in human behavior. My works explore the vanishing niche of the imperfect, the error, the bug as an outcast category , but also as an invariable feature of the human nature. Through photography, video and installations I capture or sometimes intentionally evoke situations which try to disturb the established routine of man and reach to his body, space and self-awareness.

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BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1987, Iliyana Kancheva lives and works in Sofia. In 2010 she graduated in Stage Design(BA) and in 2014 in Digital Arts(MA) at the National Academy of Art, Sofia. Iliyana works in the field of theatre as well as photography, video and installation. At the JustMAD8 Art Fair, Madrid, February 2017, she won the “Art Residency Prize” at Arts Connection Foundation in Miami, USA, of the call “justTECH 2017”. November 2015 her first solo exhibition, “Image Don’t Cost a Thing”, opened at The Fridge Gallery in Sofia. In 2015 her film “Today’s Walk” was selected for EUROVIDEO Festival in Liège, Belgium, and was part of the official selection of the 5th International Digital Art Fest, Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2014 she participated in “Turn on the city”Art Festival, Burgas, Bulgaria. In 2013 her  experimental films were selected for “Videoholica” International Festival for Video Art, Varna, “FAÇADE” Video Art Festival, Plovdiv, both in Bulgaria, and “Videomedeja” Video Art Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia. At the Naoussa International Film Festival 2013, Greece, Iliyana was awarded with “People’s Choice SEE Talents Experimental Award” for the short film “Autofocus”.


CURRICULUM VITAE

Iliyana Kancheva lives in Sofia, Bulgaria

BORN:

24. 04. 1987

EDUCATION:

  • 2012 – 2014 – Master Degree in Digital Arts at the National Academy of Arts, Sofia
  • 2006 – 2010 –  Bachelor in Scenography at the National Academy of Arts, Sofia
  •  2001 – 2006 – National High School for Fine Arts “Iliya Petrov”, Sofia – Specialization – Painting

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

  • March 2017  – “Bridge through time” annual group exhibition of stage, costume and puppet design in Raiko Aleksiev Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • February 2017 – justTECH17 – Electronic and Experimental Art in Madrid, Spain, curated by EX Association
  • September 2015 – International Digital Art Fest, Sofia Bulgaria
  • May 2015 – Nominees of ESSL Award exhibition, “Academy” Gallery, Sofia
  • 2014 – “Loop” part of “Turn on the city” Art Festival, Burgas, Bulgaria, curated by Venelin Shurelov
  • 2014 – “TRANS-FORM” 4th Transform in Art Education exhibition and symposium, Bucharest, Romania
  • 2011 – Dom Omladine, Panchevo, Serbia
  • 2011 – “Human Factor”, Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art, part of  “Mois européen expérimental de la photo à Sofia”
  • 2011 – “BITTA GENERATION”, Palazzo D’Avalos, Vasto, Italy

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

  • 2015 – 13 – 25 November – “Image Don’t Cost a Thing” at The Fridge Gallery, Sofia
  • 2013 – “Abandoned People/Cities” – photography at Metro Station “Serdika”, Sofia

 

AWARDS:

  • 2017 – EX III Residency Prize
  • 2015 – Nominated for ESSL ART Award
  • 2013 – “People’s Choice SEE Talents Experimental Award” for the short film “Autofocus” at Naoussa International Film Festival, Naoussa, Greece

ARTIST IN RESIDENCY:

FESTIVALS AND FAIRS:

  • February 2017 – JustMAD8 Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
  • March 2015 – EUROVIDEO Festival, Liège, Belgium
  • June 2014 – “Small Season” at Sfumato Theater, Sofia
  • November 2013 –  “Videomedeja” Video Art Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia
  • September 2013 – Naoussa International Film Festival, Naoussa, Greece
  • September 2013 – “FACADE” Video Art Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • August 2013 – “Videoholica” Festival for Video Art, Varna, Bulgaria
  • March 2013 – “Turn on the city” Art Festival, Burgas, Bulgaria
  • September 2011 – DA – International Digital Art Fest, National Academy of Art, Sofia

 

WORKSHOPS:

  • 2013 – workshop “ZEITRAFFER/TIME-LAPSE”, organized by Goethe Institut, Sofia and led by Venelin Shurelov
  • 2012 – “Youth in Action”, “Zdravo da ste” Workshop in Banja Luka, Bosna and Hertsegovina – video communication, led by Voja Radosavljevic
  • 2011 –  “Youth in Action”,“BITTA GENERATION” Workshop, Vasto, Italy – stop motion animation for sustainable living, led by Toma Pan and Sonia Cucculelli
  • 2010 – “Programming reactive live visuals, National Academy of Art, led by Hexler(RJ Fisher)
  • 2009 – “Space for time”, National Academy of Art, led by Sachiyo Honda, Rin Yamamura, Too Hajimo
  • 2005 – “Experimental Photography”, National High School for Fine Art, led by Stanka Tsonkova-Usha