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ninavale / NINA Kovacheva (1960 - Sofia) and Valentin Stefanoff (1959 -Sofia). NINA and Valentin have lived and worked together for several decades. During this time, they have created both individual and joint works. Often, art critics speak of them as three artists: Nina, Valentin, and Nina & Valentin or ninavale.
Nina and Valentin create numerous videos and video installations designed for museum facades, public buildings and other public spaces.
Among them is “In the Out” (2002), a video installation shown at the 4th Biennial of Contemporary Art in Cetinje, Montenegro, for which they were awarded the Annual Award of UNESCO - The UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of The Arts, 2002.
In 2005, they create ”Phases of Accumulation and Extraction in a Limited Space”, a video installation designed for the facade of the National Gallery, Sofia, it was the first of this type art intervention in a public place in Bulgaria.
ninavale’s video installations and side specific works are shown at different galleries and museums as: Kultum, Graz, 2020 ; Plus 359 Gallery, Sofia; Sofia Arsenal - Museum of Contemporary Art / City Art Gallery, Sofia / Museum of Contemporary Arts, Taipei, Taiwan / Jeju Museum of Art, South Korea / The National Gallery of Art, Skopje / Arossita Gallery, Sofia / National Art Gallery, Sofia / Dartington College of Arts, UK / Nanjing Shenghua Arts Center, China / Kunsthalle Hannover / Zendai MoMA, Shanghai / Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai / Macedonian Museum of Modern Art, Thessaloniki / National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia / ZONE: Chelsea Centre for the Arts, New York / Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit / The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest / Musée d’Art Modern et Contemporain, Strasbourg / Nuit Blanche, Paris and many others.
During these years Nina and Valentin had as well many presentations and participations in round-table conferences in France, Bulgaria, USA, China, Taiwan, Slovenia, Serbia, Greece, Holland and other countries.
Throughout the entire period, apart from their common appearance, Nina and Valentin continue to exhibit as well individually.
NINA Kovacheva in her personal work covers the fields of photography, drawing, painting, objects and video.
Some of the exhibitions of NINA Kovacheva includes as:
Family Matter, DomMuseum, Vienna, Austria, 2019 / VULGATA. 77 zeitgenössische Zugriffe auf die Bibel, Dommuseum, Mainz, Germany / Intriguing Uncertainties, Parkview Museum, Singapore 2018 / Aging Pride, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria 2017 / Forms of Coexistence, Structura Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2017/ Gold and Niles, galerie Heike Curtze, Vienna, Austria, 2016 / Intrigantes Incertitudes, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, St.Étienne, France 2016 / The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Saint Étienne, France, 2015 / The Naked Man, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria, 2012 / The Crying Game, Galerie Heike Curtze, Vienna, Austria and other.
In Austria NINA Kovacheva is represented by Galerie Heike Curtze, Vienna
Valentin Stefanoff - Between the late 1980s and the early 1990s, Stefanoff focused on printmaking. With his first participation in The International Print Biennial Varna, he was awarded the First Prize. After 1995, Stefanoff's focus shifted to installations, videos, photographs, and objects. He works with materials such as plexiglass, wax, glass, and metal. His works often rely on the interplay between ghostly transparency and physical density contingent on the shadows thrown over the objects. Sound and text are also a key component of his art.
Some of the exhibitions of Valentin Stefanoff includes as :
0 for Black 1 for White, Sofia City Art Gallery, Bulgaria, 2018 / Le Musée à 30 ans, Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporaine de Saint Etienne, France, 2017 / Art for Change 1985-2015, Sofia City Art Gallery, Bulgaria, 2015 / Reliqte-Reloaded, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz, Austria, 2015 / Why Duchamp? From object to museum and back, Sofia Arsenal Museum of Conteporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2012 / Methods for self education, Threshold artspace, Horsecross collection, UK, 2008 / Open – Closed ,The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Belgrade, 2000