Nordic focus at DOMA International Art Festival, Bulgaria
DOMA is an international festival for visual and performance art, started by the DOMA Art Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to realize a wide range of events, aiming to increase public engagement with culture, art, urban architecture and development, to encourage cultural exchange between local and international artists; to enrich the Bulgarian cultural scene by giving the start of a good tradition, creating an international art platform.
Each year the Festival selects and presents to the Bulgarian Public a different country’s noteworthy contemporary artists, and in the Follow-Up edition, the best Bulgarian artist collaborators who engage with the guests during the Festival, are presented to the respective country/region’s public for that year.
The third edition of DOMA Art Festival, presents not a single country, but an entire new region’s art and culture. The five countries this year’s DOMA will bring closer assume the name of Nordica o a fabricated land, comprised of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden.
DOMA Art Festival 2015: Nordica (28 May – 20 June) will be another diverse presentation of art forms such as: installation, performance, video art, design, photography, plastic arts, graphics, illustration, cinema, literature, discussion, cuisine and music.
“Nordica” is an imaginative term by which DOMA 2015 unites five Nordic countries – Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Njord is the so-called god of the Northern windstorm and sea by the historical characters of Scandinavia – the Vikings. “Nordica” – is the northernmost point of Europe, the coldest region of the continent, known with the constantly changing weather, where in the polar summer the sun may not set at all, and in the polar winter may not to rise for nearly two months.
In the perception of the average European citizen the Northern European region is inhabited with beautiful, intelligent and well educated people that dwell in an environment of minimalistic design with high living standards, but are distant and depressed by the cold, ice and the snow storms.
The ultra-tolerant Scandinavians have built a society far more freely than many countries in Europe. The Nordic countries have a huge contribution to the world culture, science and industry. We all remember Nobel, Thor Heyerdahl, Fridtjof Nansen, Hamlet, and global corporations like LEGO, Volvo, Ericsson, IKEA, Nokia and others.
Although the exceptional economic prosperity, the region has cultural and historical differences. This differences we’ll acknowledge during the festival. Art in Northern Europe has long gone out of the galleries and has become a part of the people’s lives. It is intertwined with science, education, communications etc. Thus, in a society governed by extremely good living conditions (Nordic countries enter the top 15 countries with the highest standard of living in the world) art has come to the foreground and many artists from the region recently conquered the world art scene. Freed from the daily problems and the fight for survival, their worldview is directed primarily to issues of global importance. Such are the works of the originally Icelandic Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, one of the most influential names in contemporary art today. Topics of global significance occur in the infamous Swedish artist Makode Linde and the Swedish photographer Jens Olof Lasthein, Saana Wang and the giant’s triptych of Teemu Maki, both from Finland and others.
“The works cross the boundaries of social and political. This intersection is a place of art. It creates a new state of mind, away from the myth of future dystopia. From the individual to the general and transparent, where the material is converted into thought.
We will subtract the mental map of the countries and the hidden agenda of the artists invited to enjoy both our diversities and commonalities and find links as evidence of the desire for future joint opportunities.
Northerners create new codes of communication both in human and cultural aspects, behind which we all stand today, realizing that in the process of contemplation we have learned a new language. “- Voin de Voin, curator of the main exhibition of DOMA 2015.
To compensate the lack of visibility of contemporary Northern culture in 2015, DOMA Art Festival will present some of the best names of the fine arts through exhibitions, discussions, lectures, children’s program, Nordic cinema, design, workshops, music events and more. We will raise the issue of the role of the art in our daily lives, we will realize institutional, educational and artistic exchange of practice and experience. We will feel the mentality of the Northerners, influenced by weather conditions of the region, their aesthetics, emotion and creativity in visual and performative arts.