Borjana Ventzislavova joined ISIS in June 2012 to take part in our research residency programme. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Borjana currently spilt her time between Sofia and Vienna.
Borjana works in the fields of film/video, photography, installation and new media, everyday connections and social and political relations play a central role in her artistic work.
We screened Borjana's video work 'Migration Standards' at the Göteborg Culture Festival 2012, Sweden in the Big M, check it out here.
During her residency at ISIS, Borjana concentrated on research for a new video project called 'Radical Cheerleading' which deals with the current social and political crisis situation of our so called developed capitalist society. Borjana compiled texts that served as the base for lyrics of political protest songs, she collecting texts from different sources as well as from meetings with different communities. The text not only contain critique on the system but also ideas and proposals for possible or/and utopian solutions.
For the next step Borjana will create cheerleading teams from people of all ages from all over Europe and North America who will perform the texts in the way of 'Radical Cheerleading'.
BE A RADICAL CHEERLEADER
Borjana Ventzislavova is collecting thoughts and ideas which consider a radical agenda, critique, realistic or utopian vision of either a personal, political or community matter. These responses will be edited together and used in a radical cheerleading chant.
Express shortly (max. 2-3 sentences or just with keywords) your ideas about where and the way you live, and the available opportunities. What would you change if you had the chance? It can be as realistic or utopian as you like.
Please email your quote, chant, sentence, complaint, musing to email@example.com or if you have any questions or would like to be involved in the project in another ways please also email Borjana.
Borjana is also looking for people to be involved in a ‘Radical Cheerleading’ routine. Are you a dancer, mover, cheerleader, or just dancing on a Saturday night? Any sex/age is very welcome. Come and learn the routine and participate in a promo video for radical cheerleading. No experience necessary. If you are interested or for more details please email Borjana on firstname.lastname@example.org
Borjana's artist talk, click here for details.
Borjana Ventzislavova, (b.1976, Sofia, BG), currently based in Sofia and Vienna; graduated visual media art / digital art at the University for applied arts Vienna (by Peter Weibel, Karl Dudesek, Thomas Fürstner).
Working in the fields of photography, film/ video, installation, and new media she deals with issues such as identity and marginalization of individuals, as well as different social groups, migration and cohabitation. In the broader sense, the everyday connections and
social relations play a central role in her work. She realized series of collaborative projects together with dezentrale medien and nebudu group. Her works have been exhibited internationally in solo and group shows as well as at media art and film festivals.