Born and raised in a small village near the Black Sea in Bulgaria, Ralitsa Doncheva is an artist and filmmaker based in Tio'tia:ke / Montréal.
Working with non-fiction and experimental approaches, archival materials and fragmentary forms of montage, Ralitsa creates short films and video installations that question fixed notions of perception, history and identity. Her projects present shimmering worlds from an embodied female perspective drifting between the real and layers of fantasy and drawing on myths, her Balkan roots and a sense of displacement in a western society.
Ralitsa has screened her work internationally in galleries, film festivals, micro-cinemas and alternative spaces. A solo program of her short films has been recently exhibited at the Dazibao gallery in Montréal. In addition, her film Baba Dana Talks To The Wolves was awarded The Eileen Maitland Award at the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival.
A graduate from The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montréal, Ralitsa obtained her MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2019. Her practice has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) and Bourse de Maîtrise en Recherche (FRQSC).