Ralitsa Doncheva is a Bulgarian artist working in film, video and installation. Combining experimental and non-fictional approaches, poetic and performative gestures, her practice explores a space between the real and the imaginary. Moving slowly in soft light her images are vessels for remembering and relinking past and present experiences.
Born and raised in Bulgaria, Ralitsa immigrated to Canada at the age of 18. Drawing on her Balkan roots and mythology, her works evoke shimmering worlds on the verge of disappearance.
Ralitsa has presented her films internationally in galleries, film festivals, micro-cinemas and alternative spaces. A solo program (almost) impossible worlds showing three of her works has been recently exhibited at the Dazibao gallery. In addition, her last film Baba Dana Talks To The Wolves was awarded The Eileen Maitland Award at the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival.
A graduate of The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Ralitsa received an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2019. Her practice is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) and Bourse de Maîtrise en Recherche (FRQSC). Ralitsa is based in in Tio'tia:ke / Montréal where she is actively involved in artistic and film communities.
Screenings & Exhibition History
(almost) impossible worlds, film exhibition, Dazibao, Montréal, QC
This is not poetical, group exhibition, Angoulême, France
FRACTO Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, USA (an honorable mention)
44th Athens International Film + Video Festival, Athens, USA
Panorama XP, Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montréal
Strange Umbrellas, group exhibition, London, UK
Antimatter Media Art Film Festival, Victoria, BC
Canada Northern Light film program, Visions, Montréal
54th Ann Arbor Film Festival Travel Tour, various locations
23rd Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, USA
The Nightingale Cinema, The Rearview Mirror, curated by Lorenzo Gattorna, Chicago, USA
54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA - The Eileen Maitland Film Award
Rendez-vous Du Cinéma Québécois, Montréal
Montréal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), Montréal
Cinéma Excentris, La Distributrice Group Screening, Montréal
Visions, Microcinema Etre, Montréal, QC
RIDM Film Festival, curated by Daichi Saïto, Montréal
La Maison de l’Architecture, Groop Index & Nyctalop Mélodie, Poitier, France
Daïmôn Center, The World You Know as One Piece After Another, Gatineau, Quebec
The Light and Shadow Salon, Groop Index Screening, London, UK
Cinéma Excentris, Made in Montréal Vol. II, Montréal, QC
FOFA Gallery, group exhibition, Montréal, QC
The Unending Silence of Space, group exhibition, Eastern Bloc New Media & Interdisciplinary Art, Montréal, QC
Concordia University Film and Video Awards, Best Experimental Film
The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, graduation screening, Susan Schounten Award for Best Documentary