*1986 in Sofia, People's Republic of Bulgaria.
1990 emigration to Berlin, German Democratic Republic. Since the age of 18 working different jobs to support myself while photographing, making objects and jewellery and applying at art universities.

Education
2016 - 2019 Hochschule fuer Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB Academy of Fine Arts). Media Art. Prof. Clemens von Wedemeyer, Leipzig, DE
2015 - 2015 Universitaet der Kuenste (University of the Arts). Media Art. Prof. Hito Steyerl. Guest listener. Berlin, DE
2014 - 2016 Bauhaus-Universitaet. Fine Arts. Weimar, DE
2013 - 2014 Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Art). Fine Arts. The Hague, NL

Further entrance exams, selection
2011 Kunsthochschule Kassel. Successful entrance exam. Fine Arts. Kassel, DE
2011 University of the Arts. Failed entrance exam. Fine Arts. Berlin, DE
2011 Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee. Failed entrance exam. Sculpture department. Berlin, DE
2010 Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle. Failed entrance exam. Fashion Design. Halle, DE

Awards and scholarships
2019 Neue Gesellschaft fuer bildende Kunst Berlin nGbK. Up in Arms/Art in the Underground competition (Up in Arms/Kunst im Untergrund). Status: Winner. Award: 4000EUR
2019 .20th dresdner schmalfilmtage. International Competition Super 8/16. Status: Nomination. Dresden, DE
2018 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship program 'Go East'
2017 Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. Studienpreis-Award. Status: 2nd/3rd place. Award: 2500EUR. catalogue

Commissions
2019 Museum der bildenden Kuenste Leipzig (Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig). Full-page illustrations in local paper 'Gemeindeblick' from April - October 2019. Commissioned by MdbK[mobil]. Leipzig/Thallwitz, DE
2010 - 2013 custom-designed jewellery for individual customers

Screenings, selection
2019 .20th dresdner schmalfilmtage. Dresden, DE
2019 Moabiter Filmkultur. Stadtgesichter II. Berlin, DE
2018 feldfuenf. Night Screenings. Berlin, DE
2018 .34th International Shortfilm Festival interfilm. Berlin, DE
2018 .35th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival. Kassel, DE
2018 C.Rockefeller Center for Contemporary Art. Dresden, DE
2018 PACT Zollverein. Screening & Artist Talks with class of expanded cinema. Essen, DE
2016 .10th Video Art Miden. Kalamata, GR
2016 Mux: Asheville Video Art Festival. NC, USA

Solo exhibitions
2019 Up in Arms/Art in the Underground (Up in Arms/Kunst im Untergrund). Site-specific public art installation. Neue Gesellschaft fuer bildende Kunst Berlin nGbK. Berlin, DE
2016 Pimp My Exhibit (with Lars Preisser). Het Wilde Weten. Event. Rotterdam, NL 2016 Pimp My Exhibit (with Lars Preisser). Spinner und Weber. Event. Berlin, DE 2016 Spinner und Weber. Bone sweet Bone. Berlin, DE
2014 Ori Berlin. Semantic Shift Parlor. Berlin, DE

Group exhibitions, selection
2018 Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts. Cultural Memory. Leipzig, DE
2017 Zona Dynamic/Berlin Art Week. Voice Of Doxa. Berlin, DE
2017 Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts. Studienpreis-Award. Leipzig, DE catalogue
2015 Summaery. Bauhaus-University. Weimar, DE
2015 Kiosk.6. Transit Zwischenstopp. Weimar, DE
2015 Spinner und Weber. Erzgebirgisches LaserAtomKraftwerk mit Pigmentfenster. Berlin, DE 2014 Salone del Mobile Milano. Backstage onstage. Milan, IT

Curatorial
2015 Spinner und Weber. Group show. Erzgebirgisches LaserAtomKraftwerk mit Pigmentfenster. Berlin, DE

Artist residencies
2017 Titanik Gallery. Turku, FI publication
2016 Het Wilde Weten. Rotterdam, NL

Publications
2019 Not here, not Now. With members of expanded cinema. Academy of Fine Arts. Leipzig, DE
2018 Studienpreis-Award 2017. Academy of Fine Arts. Leipzig, DE
2017 Leipziger Volkszeitung, coverage of Studienpreis 2017. Leipzig, DE
2017 Titanik 2017. Annual exhibition catalogue Titanik Galleria. Turku, FI
2012 Sergeant Sparrow magazine. Cover and interview. US
2002 Unter Zeitdruck (interviews I held with social workers and disadvantaged youth). Schueler-Edition Band 1. Stadt als Schule/City as School. Berlin, DE

Other
2017 Pimp My Exhibit (with Lars Preisser). Named partner of DeLight Art Festival. Berlin, DE

Film set experience
2019 forthcoming: The Invisible Cloth, Paula Abalos (D), Pedro Carnicer (C). Co-timing assistant and co-director`s assistant. Leipzig, DE
2002 Tatort Kind: Gewalt die aus der Kaelte kommt. Bernd Dost (Bayerischer Rundfunk 2003). Co-editing assistant and performer for TV documentary. Berlin and Munich, DE

Job experience, selection
2018 - 2019 Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) TV station. Archive stack-room. Inbound service. Leipzig, DE
2015 - 2016 Haus am Horn, Bauhaus. Unesco World Heritage. Museum guard and service. Weimar, DE
2011 - 2013 Deutsche Welle TV. Student assistant, later production assistant for 'Journal'. Berlin, DE
2010 - 2012 Video Collection. Video rental shop. Service. Berlin, DE

Voluntary work, selection
2002 delegate of K.R.AE.T.Z.AE. at Rights conference, Tokyo, JP
2001 - 2004 participation in youth rights organization K.R.AE.T.Z.AE. Campaign work, lectures and conferences nationally and internationally, Berlin, DE

Internships, selection
2003 Jet Foto. Photo Laboratory. 4 Months placement. Berlin, DE
2002 - 2003 Textetage, Beate Krol. Journalist and author. 4 months placement. Berlin, DE
2002 Karuna e.V., youth charity organisation. 6 months placement. Berlin, DE

Statement

With the means of motion picture film, still photography film, and any type of video I record and organize objects. These can be both objects I have made myself, for instance from antique furniture, plastic toys or wood, or objects taken from my own or pre-existing film and photography.

In my work, objects, e.g. architecture, seem to always stand in for another thing, person, or emotion and often merge meanings from different fields, disciplines or schools of thought. Melanie Klein's psychoanalytical concept of called internalized objects has been influential in my trying to understand this re-occurring drive in my work to organize objects and deconstruct their meanings.

Often, text and narrative bind the visual work and appear either as a narrative in a film, essayistic text, lyrics.

I spend years working on a number of individual complex ideas, most often simultaneously. By trying out several different approaches toward a concept I move toward its crystallization and final realization. At this stage I am juggling several projects and try to move them to completion. Thoughts about the CV as a storytelling tool can be found here.

Influences

My work is informed by the study of the works of writers and filmmakers. In no particular order these include Edmund White, Dennis Cooper, Melanie Klein, Kathy Acker, Naomi Kawase, Banana Yoshimoto, Larry David, Beatriz Colomina, Chris Kraus, Carl Barks, Eric Rohmer, Atom Egoyan, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Andzrei Zulawski, Loriot, Helmut Dietl, Edith Nesbit, Monika Treut, Dan Graham etc etc. Among the TV shows that have left a mark on my artistic development are Disney animated shorts from the 30s, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Clarissa explains it All.

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