As an introduction Lilia Dragneva gave a course on video art and documentary practices as the head of the [ksa:k] Contemporary Arts Center of Chisinau, which is working on developping contemporary practices in Moldova.
Lilia Dragneva started her artistic activity from an involvement into sound-and-image experimentation. This was a result of her interest in the cross-pollination of various sources of the 20th century art (avant-garde music, Dada manifestations, electronic technologies), which resulted in a series of installations, video pieces and performances. Since 2000, she is working aside from her teaching activities at the School of Arts of Chisinau as artistic director for the [ksa:k]
International Film and Video Art Workshop ReVEDERE has been organized within the frame of INFRA – Inclusive Network for Refugee Artists, and as part of CarbonArt’11 Camp of Creation. This laboratory aimed to foster the emergence of a community of emerging artists, local players of various fields of activity and involved people capable to work together on relational projects, transdisciplinary coproduction’s that create social links, initiate new approaches to economy and new forms of commitment into social life. During ten days all of the artists were invited, after a tour in Chisinau’s art instutions, to create a short film of their own with the assistance of local shooting teams. The project had created an opportunity for cross-cultural exchange and cooperation between the Moldovan art instituions and the artists INFRA follows, along with emerging artists from KSA:K’s network .
THE LEADING ARTISTS
Pavel Braila is a performer and a video artist. He graduated from the Technical University of Moldova; the State University of Moldova, the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, and Le Fresnoy Studio national des Arts Contemporains. Since the mid-1990s the artist has participated in numerous international art exhibitions and film festivals with films, videos, installations, photos, and performances. In 2002 his film “Shoes for Europe” was shown at the documenta11 for which he has gained exposure and international acclaim throughout Europe and USA. In 2004 Braila initiated in Moldova the unique project “Alte Arte” – a TV Magazine on Contemporary Art, that was produced by artists and broadcasted on Moldovan national TV.
Vladislav HINCU is a cameraman from Chisinau. He graduated from the Photography Department, National University of Theatre and Cinematography in Bucharest. Lives and works between Moscow and Chisinau. Collaborated with several Russian and Romanian Film and TV Studios (ChBKfilm, Open Systems publishing house, etc.) and the Center for Contemporary Art KSA:K, Chisinau. He took part, as cameraman and photographer in significant workshops and exhibitions in France, Germany and Romania. Vladislav participated on Pavel Braila’s and on Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu’ features.
Moldova’s capital is a very typical cultural field, where folk arts and contemporary practices are not really mixing with each other. Our partner from the KSA:K was willing to give the artists a full overview of this particular cultural landscape, and therefore invited them to visit several museums, exhibitions, venues and studios of contemporary creators.