Veneta Karamfilova

Veneta Karamfilova

Sofia, Bulgaria

About Veneta Karamfilova

To me photography is an exploration of the mind. A kind of fiction, offering a glimpse of a co-existing reality. A way of seeing a world floating between unspoken dreams yet-to-be and the endless nostalgia for the time that has never been, with a surreal motif.
Since photography is born in a split-second, I find it being the perfect medium to show a fraction of a supposed reality. A fraction that does not describe, but merely suggests. A fraction that has no beginning or an end, but is bound to have an afterlife, long and rich as the viewer’s memory.
The two main subjects I explore are women and flowers, as flowers are often associates with women and feminine.
My woman is a silent inhabitant of an alternative place that provides an escape from the passage of time. She is both strong and fragile. The center and only a fragment of something greater; a suggestion for something more.
Flowers are usually associated with women because of the idea of new life; a rebirth after the winter. Yet since they fade quickly, flowers are also linked with death. In my photographs a slice of this birth-to-death shift is suspended in time.

Education

BA in Photography, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria

Events

AWARDS:
2021 - Fine Art Photography Awards - Non-Professional; Fine Art; Nominee
2020 - Budapest International Foto Awards - Non-Professional; Nature; Silver
2020 - Budapest International Foto Awards - Non-Professional; Fine Art; Bronze
2019 - Fine Art Photography Awards - Non-Professional; Nature; 1ST PLACE WINNER
2018 - Fine Art Photography Awards - Non-Professional; Abstract; Nominee
2017 - Tokyo International Foto Awards - Non-Professional; Fine Art – Abstract; Honorable Mention
2015 - Px3 People's Choice awards - Non-Professional; Fine Art - Digitally Enhanced; 1st PLACE WINNER
2014 - Px3 2014 COMPETITION - Non-Professional; Fine Art, People Category; Bronze Winner

FEATURED IN:
2019 - Create! Magazine - "Studio Sunday" - interview
2019 - Genre: Urban Art - short article

Exhibitions

2019 - "Fabric of reality", group show, Inter Expo Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
2019 - "Pilot", PxP Contemporary, online exhibition, group show
2018 - Tokyo International Foto Awards 2017, ICA Gallery, Tokyo
2017 - "Photo Akademica 2017". Official opening of Month of Photography, Sofia
2016 - "Photo Akademica 2016. Review of photography in Bulgaria 2001-2015", group show, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria
2015 - group show, “Alfa Art Gallery”, New Brunswick, N.J, USA
2014 – group traveling exhibition, Gallery of Union of Bulgarian Artists “Shipka 6, Sofia, Bulgaria; “Alfa Art Gallery”, New Brunswick, N.J, USA; Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in New York, NY, USA
2014 - " Photo of the Year - Bulgaria 2013 ", an exhibition, organized by Canon Bulgaria, National Art Gallery, group show, Sofia, Bulgaria
2012 - "L'essence de la vie" - a collection of photography pieces, "DADA Cultural Bar", group show, Sofia, Bulgaria
2011 - "20 Years New Bulgarian University" - an exhibition of selected works marking the anniversary of the university at the National Theatre "Ivan Vazov", group show, Sofia, Bulgaria
2011 - "Looks"- exhibition, honoring Europe’s Day, part of the project „Blue nights”, "DADA Cultural Bar", group show, Sofia, Bulgaria
2011 - Biennial " PHODAR " - art gallery " Elijah Beshkov ", group show, Pleven, Bulgaria; art gallery" Red House ", Sofia, Bulgaria
2009 - Biennial "PHODAR" - art gallery "Elijah Beshkov", group show, Pleven, Bulgaria