About Valerie Wolf Gang

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Filmmaker and visual artist Valerie Wolf Gang works in the field of independent film productions and contemporary art practices. During her studies at FAMU in Prague she got inspired for experimental film by professor Henry Hills who in then still inexperienced young filmmaker evoke a sense of research in the field of film and creative boundless creation with the moving image, which often go beyond the boundaries of the traditional state of a movie in cinemas and integration in modern gallery spaces. Valerie’s work reflects social conflicts arising from political regulations and restrictions, especially when traveling and working abroad. It seems as if in the haste of modern times she becomes quiet and static only when she moves. When she moves in space and time, her camera animates the dead surroundings, like suggested by the contemporary philosopher Paul Virilo when he wrote about speed. The atmosphere in her works often contains elements of searching for harmony, contradictions and contrasts between the city and nature, joy and sadness, authority and freedom.

She finished School of design and photography in Ljubljana and then graduated from the Academy of Arts University of Nova Gorica in the field of film, then completed the master’s program Media arts and practices with specialization in video film and contemporary art practices. She also perfected her theoretical and practical knowledge at the film academy FAMU in Prague (in the field of directing and experimental film) and at the Academy of Arts ESAD in Portugal (in the field of art film and theater). She regularly works with different media and creates multimedia installations which include her short films and videos which are exhibited in numerous international galleries and her work can also be seen at various film festivals and movie theaters. She received a number of nominations and awards for her work, such as the national award Vesna for best study film at the Festival of Slovenian Film, award ‘Top Pick Jury Award Cinemasports’ in Taiwan, award EFF Film Fest in Portugal, nominated twice for the award ESSL Art Award, etc. She has the status of a self-employed in culture as video artist by Ministry of Culture Republic of Slovenia and is a member of the Directors Guild of Slovenia, she is also a member of the international collective Spielraum Ensamble and Famul Video Lab. She is actively involved in various fields of contemporary art and production, video and film projects, international exhibition selections and artist residencies. Her motivation is also the integration of film education in the educational programs of primary schools and creative work with the youth.


 

“Valérie Wolf Gang is forming in the artist of the new generation, who is more sovereign, strong, uncompromisingly clear in her expressive power, while showing excellent knowledge of the techniques and media she uses.
– Rene Rusjan, program director of School of Arts University of Nova Gorica, professor of Contemporary Arts

“Demanding production practice which comprises the work of the artist, especially the quality and potential of its practice shows that Valérie Wolf Gang belongs to the group of the population that deserves the status of Independent Cultural Worker as well as other potential state support, mostly due to that its practice can be developed and maintained at a high artistic level, while able to exceed the boundary between art and its users. “
– Dr. Petja Grafenauer

„In Valérie Wolf Gang’s work, the sense of social and ideological alienation is played out through careful visual choice of materials and reconstructions. In her work one is made aware of the larger ideological or symbolic order through the actual material configurations being presented – that things can be about something else other than what they are made out to be.“
– dr. Lawrence Chin



ARTIST STATEMENT

“The world around me is my theater and I always observe the play with lots of focus and alertness. I’m very much fond of details, I see what everyday people don’t and I’m fascinated by small everyday events that influence our life. After I observe them I process everything and let myself be inspired and just let go. I take my camera and capture what I see, feel and dream. I create works that come from my heart and I try to speak to people through them. I always want to help those who are innocent, powerless or manipulated and let them know they’re not alone. Art is a strong media that can change the world so I use it with care and respect. When you look at my works, you can always see part of me and my hidden thoughts. They’re coming out in subtle ways that only a keen observer can notice. Look closer and you will see through me: there’s a new world.”

– Valerie Wolf Gang


CV / education, honors, selected exhibitions, artist residencies, teaching, selected bibliography

EDUCATION

 

    • 2014-2015 MA Erasmus Exchange, Escola Superior de Artes e Design de Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
    • 2013-2015 MA of Media Arts and Practices, Contemporary Art Art Practices, School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia
    • 2009-2013 BA of Arts in Digital Arts and Practices, School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia
    • 2012-2013 BA Erasmus exchange, Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic
    • 2005-2009 High School of Design and Photography, Ljubljana, Slovenia


 

HONORS

 

    • 2016
      Ethnocineca International Film Festival 2016, Vienna: competition selection for best film
      Cairo Video Festival, Egypt, nomination for best video
      Temple Film Festival, Philadelphia USA, nomination for best film

 

    • 2015
      Top Pick Jury Award Cinemasports 2015, Taiwan: best video: “A message to Humanity”
      Festival of Slovenian Film 2015, national film award for film “Distant Memory”
      Restart Award 2015, award for film “Distant Memory”
      BURI 2015, Italy: videographer award ‘Wine and Roots’
      FeKK International Film Festival, nomination: “Distant Memory”
      EAS, USA: jury selection award, featured work in Spring 2015, video ‘Tearing it Down’
      ESSL ART AWARD 2015, Austria: nomination for best young artist of 2014 and 2015

 

    • 2014
      Artward Award 2014, UK: nomination for best young artist of 2014
      Award of Academy of Arts, Rijeka, Croatia: award for the best work of 2014: “Cloud”
      Venice&Video Short Film Festival, Italy: nomination for best video: “Angelina”
      Fashion Art Toronto, Canada: nomination for best video: “Bleeder”

 

    • 2013
      Ministry of Culture Republic of Slovenia, Granted the status of independent cultural worker
      DIGITALBIGSCREEN 2013, award for best video: “Spatium”
      Alumnus Optimus, award for best student in generation, University of Nova Gorica
      Filofest, nomination for best film: “Čez 10 let”
      ESSL ART AWARD 2013, nomination for best young artist of 2012 and 2013

 

    • 2012
      Erasmus Film Fest, award for best short documentary: “Angelina”
      IRF Film Festival, nomination for best video: “In 10 years”
      MTV, nomination for best music video: “Leila – Kjer je Sonce Doma”
      Festival of Independent Film, nomination for best video “In 10 years”
      Stuttgarten Filmwinter, nomination for best video: “Lucid dreams in a mechanical world”

 

    • 2011
      Festival of Slovenian Film, nomination for best film: “Niti – intro”
      Festival of Independent Film, nomination for best video: “Emblem”

 

    • 2006
      Cankarjev Dom, award for best magazine, editor of magazine R5

 

    • 2005
      MC Maribor, award for best poem, “Konj”

 

    • 2004
      Likovno društvo Škofja Loka, award for best painting, Škofja Loka Museum

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

    • 2016
      (Anti)Stress, Gallery Chemin Des Gaugins, France
      Art Brunch IM BAD, Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus Graz, Austria
      BARdo, Gallery Drkmttr, Nashville, Tennessee USA
      (Sub)conscious, Gallery KiBela, KIBLA Maribor, Slovenia
      Similaridade de nadalidade, Gallery TIR Mostovna, Slovenia
      Vračam se nazaj, Gallery MOL Ljubljana, Slovenia
      (Ne)Glej k sosedom, Gallery Aksioma, Ljubljana, Slovenia
      Fragments of Time and Reality, Center for Contemporary Art Montenegro, Gallery Center, Podgorica, Montenegro
      Likovni sprehod po poeziji, Gallery Vodnikova Domačija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
      Translations, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Kolkata, India

 

    • 2015
      Stories of the city, SB Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
      Inner nature, IVAM Museum of Contemporary Art, Valencia, Spain
      A view through the window, The Center for Contemporary Art of Montenegro
      Words as colors, colors as words, Old Glassware Workshop, Ptuj, Slovenia
      (Anti)Stress, Gallery Hiša na Hribu, Medvode, Slovenia
      Isola Cinema, Kino Otok, Izola, Slovenia
      Anarch Art Fest 2015, Washington Square Park, New York, USA
      Nominees’ Night – ESSL Art Award 2015, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia
      An Artist Abroad, Art Center Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
      Translations, Gallery Reed, Portland, Oregon, USA

 

    • 2014
      NON-ART, City Gallery Nova Gorica, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
      Turbulence: A Climate Sound Portrait, Gallery Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria
      Distant Memory, exhibiton on Josip Broz Tito’s ship Galeb, Rijeka, Croatia
      Map in Motion, Gallery Kortil, Rijeka, Croatia & Galery Alkatraz, Slovenia
      Video in Progress, Gallery Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, Slovenia
      Natures 11, Bežigrad Galery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
      La vue à travers la fenêtre, Gallery Inkubator, Zagreb, Croatia
      Cimri ne Čimri, Gallery A+A (Slovenian pavilion), Venice, Italy
      Zoo: Human Edition, Gallery Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

    • 2013
      Artist Sleeping on The Street, Grand Rue, Arlon, Belgium
      The Luxembpourg Monster, Gallery Goodbye Monopol, Luxembourg
      Pixxelpoint, Gallery Mestna Galerija, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
      VideoWall, Urban Outdoor Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
      Kunigunda, Gallery Pekarna, Velenje, Slovenia
      Nominees’ Night – ESSL Art Award 2013, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

    • 2012
      Tropical Lab, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore
      KinoDynamique, Kino Casino, Vienna, Austria

 

    • 2011
      Art of dreaming, Gallery Miklova Hiša, Ribnica, Slovenia
      Night display, Gallery Central Station, Maribor, Slovenia

 

    • 2010
      Filmska trgatev, Kulturni dom Grosuplje, Grosuplje, Slovenia
      Neue Slowenische Film, Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia

 

ARTIST RESIDENCES

    • 2016
      Graz, Austria, “Final Season”, Austrian Ministry of Culture, Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus Graz

 

    • 2015
      Belgrade, Serbia, “The future of storytelling”, Balkan FIlm Connection, Municipality of Belgrade
      Vienna, Austria, “Story behind the face”, Ministry of Culture Republic of Slovenia
      Innsbruck, Austria, “Film Campus”, Internationales Film Festival Innsbruck

 

    • 2014
      Serra do Bouro, Portugal, “On the other side of Europe”, Electricidade Estetica, Centro de Artes
      Ceglie Messapica, Italy, “Casaterra”, Martina Franca, Puglia
      Graz, Austria, “Responsive Art in The Public Realm”, Institute for Contemporary Art Graz, Architecture and media institute Graz, Institute for Electronic and Acustic Music
      Rijeka, Croatia, “Under the Flag of Displacement”, Municipality of Rijeka, Port of Rijeka Authority

 

    • 2013
      Bergem, Luxembourg, “LdV Mobility”, Feierblumm Productions, Famul VideoLab

 

    • 2012
      Singapore, “Tropical Lab”, Institute for Contemporary Art Singapore

 

    • 2011
      Vienna, Austria, “Kinodynamique”, Kino5 Plattform für Unabhängige Filnschaffende

 

    • 2010
      Linz, Austria, ”Crossing Europe”, Dorf TV

TEACHING

    • 2016 Mentor, Video and Short Film Workshop, Kinotrip, Kinodvor City Cinema, Municipality Ljubljana
    • 2015 Mentor, Video and Film Production Workshop, Ljubljana Pride, Municipality Ljubljana, Slovenia (2 months)
    • 2014 Guest lecturer, Basic film production and history, High School Cirius Kamnik, Slovenia (1 year)
    • 2012 Mentor, Video workshop and preparation for web publishing, MC Medvode, Slovenia, (1 month)

 


 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Mladina, Portrait Valerie Wolf Gang

http://www.mladina.si/174441/valerie-wolf-gang-videastka/

EAS, “project: An Artist Abroad”
http://emergentartspace.org/forum/32188/
Dnevnik, “Hitra potovanja skozi prostor in čas”
http://www.dnevnik.si/kultura/fokus/hitra-potovanja-skozi-prostor-in-cas
RTVSLO, “Opazovanje in razumevanje kot laž in napaka”
http://www.rtvslo.si/kultura/novice/opazovanje-in-razumevanje-zivljenja-kot-laz-in-napaka/337989
Primorske novice, “Štirje individualisti v stanovanju”
http://www.primorske.si/Kultura/Stirje-individualisti-v-stanovanju.aspx
Metinalista, “Artist of the month July 2014: Valerie Wolf Gang”
http://metadekleta.metinalista.si/umetnica-meseca-julija-valerie-wolf-gang/
Klemen Globochnik, “Life without enthusiasm is like sex without an orgasm”
http://www.cangura.com/life-without-enthusiasm-is-like-sex-without-an-orgasm.php
Venice news, “Coinquilini”
https://valerijazabret.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/venezia-news-001.jpg?w=710&h=977
Dnevnik, “Intimistični videoutrinki”
http://www.dnevnik.si/kultura/vizualna-umetnost/intimisticni-videoutrinki#
Culturame, “Coinquilini mostra di un collettivo di giovani artisti sloveni”
http://www.culturame.it/coinquilini-mostra-di-un-collettivo-di-giovani-artisti-sloveni/
Artribune, “Coinquilini”
http://www.artribune.com/dettaglio/evento/32316/coinquilini/
La Voce, “Coinquilini: come convivere in una Galleria”
http://www.editfiume.com/lavoce/cultura/5338-coinquilini-come-convivere-in-una-galleria
Kulturpunkt, “Pogled kroz prozor”
http://www.kulturpunkt.hr/content/pogled-kroz-prozor
Vizkultura, “Pogled kroz prozor”
http://vizkultura.hr/pogled-kroz-prozor/
Mengšan, Interview: “Ko sem Valerie Wolf Gang, ustvarjam in letam po svetovnih prestolnicah
http:// issuu.com/valeriewolfgang/docs/mengsan_intervju_valerija
VSU, “Absolventka VŠU UNG Valerija Zabret nominirana za nagrado ESSL”
http://vsu.ung.si/skupnost/dogodki/2013/absolventka-vsu-ung-valerija-zabret-nominirana-za-nagrado-essl
SCCA, Festival “MAP in MOTION” gostuje s simpozijem tudi v Projektni sobi SCCA
http://www.scca-ljubljana.si/news_14_32.htm
Filmske večere smo zaključili z Valerijo Zabret, multimedijsko umetnico
http://www.cirius-kamnik.si/galerije&start=21
Valerija Zabret, “Vloga režiserja v video instalaciji”
http://www.mss.si/datoteke/dokumenti/diplomske/2013/Zabret_Valerija-Vloga.pdf

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Valerie Wolf Gang collaborates also with other artists and companies on different art and commercial projects as director, camera operator, editor and producer. Contact for more information at: info@valeriewolfgang.com

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