Stoyanova Maria

(Українська) Друга хвиля
(Українська) Друга хвиля Experimental Film, 5’28 ’’, 2020
About the artwork

“The Second Wave” is a short film that balances between documentary and experiment. It was created in 2020, when everyone was waiting for the second wave of the pandemic. Based on the theme of “coexistence in the days of the coronavirus”, the director talks about her grandfather and the (im)possibility for them to be around. As an equivalent material for modern filming, she uses archival footage from the educational film of the British Encyclopedia “Waves on Water” (1989).These two layers recreate an atmosphere of oscillation between detachment and attraction, repetition and uniqueness, connectedness and the inability to be close.

With its construction and rhythm, the film is conceived as one that gives an almost physical sensation of waves. Modern and archival photography belong to the depth where the wave no longer moves water particles. They are correlated with memory, stop, safety, death.

For display in the gallery space, the medium of the film was supplemented: a dotted signal marking appeared on the floor and two seats – at a distance from each other and to the screen. These objects are reference to the film and are designed to enhance the semantic connection “distance between people – wavelength”

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Stoyanova Maria
Date of birth: 1986
Place of residence: Kyiv


She graduated from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with a degree in cultural studies. Then she graduated from the Central European University with a degree in social anthropology.

Art practice:

Maria Stoyanova has made seven short films, including as a screenwriter and director of editing. Her film “Ma” has won awards at international film festivals. Maria has participated in such programs for young filmmakers as East-West Talent Lab, B2B Doc, IDFA Academy and studied in Serhiy Bukovsky’s DOC Workshop. He is currently working on a project for his debut feature film Fragments of Ice.

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