VS
 

Born in Rome (IT) 1983.
Lives and works between Rome (Italy) and Sofia (Bulgaria)

info@sciarravalentina.com

studio : Belka studio for sound and form 

ul. "Mitropolit Panaret" 9 Sofia

Structura Gallery, Sofia

contact@structura.gallery

(...) I was born in Rome and have lived in several European countries over the last few years.

My studio is currently based in Sofia, Bulgaria and in Rome, Italy.
I obtained a Master's Degree in Law with a thesis on European Cohesion Policy, when my interest was photography. Later I decided to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and at the Villa Arson Art Academy in Nice, obtaining a BA in Theory and Communication of Art; plus a Master Degree in Sculpture at the National Academy of Art in Sofia.

I'm a visual artist working on sculpture, video and in-situ intervention at the intersection of photography, installation and sound. In my work, I use a multi-media language to explore aspects related to collective perception and shared analogies, structuring an invitation to confront reality - repository of traces and human relations - in an unprecedented way.

All the projects I have created arise from a deep conceptual and aesthetic research - an essential combination for me, thanks to which my works can go beyond a "mere dispersive discourse" ..
In this moment, in addition to a research on stone sculpture - which began a few years ago - the theme I am researching concerns "TIME" with Videos / Sculptures / Installations / Writings ... 

VS 8.3.2021

Education

2016 - 2018 Master in sculpture - shape and movement - at National Art Academy of Sofia (BG) 

2009- 2013 Diploma with honors at the National Art Academy of Rome (IT)

2011-2012 Villa Arson, National Art Academy Nice (FR)

2008 Master Mec Arti, Universita' Cattolica Milano (IT)

2007 Master Degree in Law, Universita' degli Studi di Roma TRE

2006-2007 Photography at RUFA, Roma (IT)

 

 

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS / SITE-SPECIFIC WORKS and PERMANENT INSTALLATIONS

 

2022

The Divorce video installation, Goethe-Institute Sofia (BG) - up coming February

2021

Salt free tears Structura Gallery, Sofia  

Culture of care, site-specific installation, Raiko Alexiev Gallery Sofia (BG)

2020

енергeтиkа / energy site-specific video installation, facade of the Ministry of Energy Sofia (BG) - SAW 2020

Man, Woman and In-between, Galeriya Vaska Emanuilova- Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia 

2019

Ego-Istoire Italian Culture Institute, Sofia for XV Edition della Giornata del Contemporaneo 

Spelonca site-specific video projection, at Structura Gallery's Vetrine  curated by Zoia Petrova, for SAW - Sofia Art Week 

Site-specific permanent work Acqua Non Potabile, commissioned by the Bulgarian Fund for Women for European Capital of Culture Plovdiv 2019 curated by The Fridge 

2018 

The Stone King - first video screening at National Natural Museum of Natural History, Sofia (BG)

The path of the oscillating stones, Land Art Work at Rock Formation Lukovit (BG) 

AFSD - Æther Sofia (BG)

Kамък Texture - Una Vetrina, Operativa Arte Contemporanea Roma (IT) 

2017 

Valentina Sciarra - Serie 0, AROSITA Gallery Sofia (BG) curated by Zoia Petrova

 

2016

Vita land art installation, Cassano delle Murge (IT)

Homeless artist site-specific installation, Arosita Gallery Sofia, (BG)

2015 Moto perpetuo, installation Ambasciata di Francia, Baku (AZ) 

          Vine wall, site-specific installation, Fireland wine factory, Baku (AZ)

2014  In Volo Villa Breda, Padova Italia

          Crescere, toccare terra per poi rinascere, temporary installation
          Piazza del Municipio, Camigliano (CE)  from 30 June to 30 July 2013

2013 Entre terre et ciel, permanent installation entrée Archet Hospital 
         Nice France, public commission 
         (with the support of CHU Nice and MACSF)

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021

»War, bin, werde sein« Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (DE) 

Harvest, Arosita Gallery Sofia, curator Vera Mlechevska

Akademie Schloss Solitude Annual Festival 2021 

Жътва Arosita Gallery, Vera Mlechevska - curator

Roots, Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art - National Gallery Sofia

Allusion Habitat / The Pric/ze is Right at Vraćar Municipal Gallery Belgrade, curator Voin de Voin, Organised by DOMA Art Fondation Sofia

Poetics of Space, Bankya Art Center, Bankya (BG) curator Genadi Ganev

Border situation: The drawing in contemporary art, Uni Art Gallery, New Bulgarian University, Sofia (BG)

2020 

Liminoid Encounters, Akademie Solitude Stuttgart (DE) curator Berit Fisher

 

2019

FINALE Exhibition Gaudenz B. Ruf Award - Structura Gallery Sofia curated by Maria Vassileva 

Natural Data, City Art Gallery - Blagoevgrad (BG) curator Martina Stefanova (DOMA Art Foundation)

SAW - Sofia Art Week - site-specific video projection Spelonca, at Structura Gallery's Vetrine  curated by Zoia Petrova 

Sense of a City - Site-specific permanent work commissioned by the Bulgarian Fund for Women for European Capital of Culture Plovdiv 2019 curated by The Fridge 

2018

Self-guide Becoming the Other - 250 pg / .published by Æther Sofia

Water Tower Art Fest Sofia (BG)

Pazardžik Festival 2018 (BG) 

The 4th International Exhibition on New Media Art, CICA Museum Sud Korea 

Project “Visions and Reflections” , Resonance Gallery Plodviv (BG)

PAPERCHASE Santo Stefano Gallery, Sofia (BG) 

2017

Transform, ALFA Gallery, Miami (USA)

From project to object - Bulgarian Culture Institute, Berlin (DE) 

Kvartal Festival Sofia 2017 (BG) curated by Nadia Timova

Collective exhibition for Bernard Magrez Prize, Bordeaux (FR) 

From project to object - SCHNHAUSER ALLEE 26 Berlin (DE)

2016  

3 Cervenata Tocka Gallery - Sofia (BG) 

Hard on the Heels of - No.2 Studios, National Academy of Art Sofia (BG)

Apulia Land Art Festival, Bari (IT) 

Vladimir Dimitrov Maestora Museum, Kustendil (BG)
Oltre i libri  collective exhibition at Biblioteca Angelica Roma (IT)
Vitosha at Cervenata Tocka Gallery - Sofia (BG) 

 

Selection before :

Exhibition finalists "Giardino di Irene Bin Prize",Sasso di Bordighiera(IT)

Exhibition finalists Land art competition, Villa Breda, Padova (IT)
ROMAnce 2, Temple University in Roma (IT) Curated by Tiziana Musi
TRACE Site-specific installation  Giardino del Museo Civico Sartorio, Trieste (IT)
Landscape Festival, Auditorium's garden,Rome (IT)
C'est pas grave mais c'est sans ciel , Atelier d'artistes, Nice (FR)

DER HIMMEL UBER BERLIN Video and sound installation (with Diana Sirianni) 
with the support GAI  - MIBAC Ministery of Culture Italy
         

GRANTS / RESIDENCES / EXTERNAL PROJECTS

 

2021

School of Kindness, by Migrating Voices and Æther Sofia 

Mentor RESET 2021 Kyustendil (BG) 

2020 

Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart Germany - Fellowship East European exchange program

ROMA NUDA, book published by Miniera curated by Giuseppe Armogida e Marco Folco 

2019

Gaudenz B. Ruf Award 

2018 

Gaudenz B. Ruf Award

Water Tower Art Fest Grant

Selected from ALFA Gallery Miami - one year reapresented artist artsy.com

2017

SCULTURA SYMPOSIUM - Lukovik (BG)

Selected from ALFA Gallery Miami - one year reapresented artist artsy.com

Selected for Bernard Magrez Prize, Bordeaux (FR)


2016 

Apulian Land Art Festival 2016
Oltre i libri Biblioteca Angelica competition - winner (section photography) 
Atelier Astumarka AIR Residency, Astumarka Norway
Workshop LightParasites of the German group RaumZeitPiraten, during the International digital arts festival DA Fest Sofia (BG)

2015 
Finalist Roberto Zambelli Prize

2014 
Finalist, national competition "Irene Bin Garden" 

Finalist Land art international competition "Villa Breda" Padova

Selection by DIVAG Committee - Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della Città di Roma 

2013
Young Talent, AAF Roma (IT)  
Residency at Komplot, centre of contemporary art, Bruxelles

2011-2012 
Scholarship exchange student at Villa Arson Fine art Academy of Nice (FR)

2009

Nouveau Commanditaires support (www.nouveauxcommanditaires.eu)     
Muvinup grant, sponsored by GAI-Italian Artists association and PARC (Contemporary art departement of Italian Culture Ministry