Aug 24, 2015

Yagama @ Freerotation

I didn't have time to post anything about Freerotation this year yet but here it is now - Freerotation Festival, July 10-13 2015 was IT. I don't know how but it just keeps getting better and better. The people, the music, the place. Simply the best! And I got to play with great musicians, including the amazing Magic Mountain High - the wicked psychedelic Move D+ Juju and Jordash analog goodness combo. Here are some photos by Daddy's Got Sweets from my Saturday set with a DJ aptly called Don't DJ.






May 29, 2015

Trees of Dreams Installation

 During my stay at the Artist Village (Künstlerdorf) in Schöppingen, I was introduced to the lovely people at Chance, an organization based in Gronau, Germany, that helps  jobless people and refugees with bettering their situation. They were looking for a fit way to celebrate their 20th anniversary and invited me to do an installation for the celebration event on May 8th., 2014.
The installation, "Trees of Dreams," was inspired by the universally shared customs of people the world over to hand something on a tree as a sign of hope and prayer for a dream to come true. The colors I used, red, black, blue, white and green-yellow, are similarly important in cultures around the globe. We all share the same hopes and even customs, no matter how different our dreams are! And last but not least, the installation used recycled materials - ribbons for 3 German football teams which may be fight on the field but coexisted peacefully on 13 still leafless platain trees in Chance's garden.
What a great chance to enjoy making an installation outdoors, in communion with nature and for a good cause! 














May 10, 2015

Stiftung Kunstlerdorf Schöppingen fellowship and residency


 
I had the honor of being awarded a stipend to stay at the Art Village in the  village of Schöppingen near the Dutch border between March and May 2015. Stiftung Kunstlerdorf Schöppingen is run by very open and nice people, presided by Dr. Joseph Spiegel and his partner Dr. Sigrun. I recommend it to any colleague out there not afraid of being left alone to themeslves for prolonged periods. This is the first art residency I ever applied to, and I expected life in a monastery. I sort of got it, as especially in the early days there were few other fellows and the weather was cold and rainy. I locked myself into my huge studio apartment and really enjoyed the amazing space. It was a great chance to develop my new project, a series of tempera on wood and MDF icons of death and sex. I plan to develop the project further elsewhere at a residency, and in Berlin. And now that the time here has come to a close, I'm feeling a bit sad to say goodbye to this place...especially that it's so green and fresh and flowery now that spring is here...
my first studio + apartment here with 5 m ceilings

my second studio -super nice big F6 gallery space
work in progress...

 

www.stiftung-kuenstlerdorf.de

Mar 13, 2015

The blue vagina

This is one of  very few paintings I had time to do last year. THE BLUE VAGINA. acrylic and oil on canvas, 80x80 cm.  © Yagama, 2014



Feb 19, 2015

It's ready, finally!

The teaser for my film APPETITE! Who wants to help me produce it? 

still copyright Yagama '15

Jan 14, 2015

Venus Dicktrap

Venus Dicktrap, also known as Венера Хуеловка, is the first of a planned series of icons to sex incarnate in flowers and insects. Painted on canvas. This painting is an initial sketch.

Jan 3, 2015

Dec 19, 2014

New short film: The First Time

This November, I had the occasion to shoot another short film. It's called "The First Time." It's a film about the first time a young boy experiences deep humiliation and betrayal of trust from another human being. Loosely based on a real life experience, the story traces an event during which the easy vulnerability of a technologically alienated contemporary child is exploited in a way he can't even grasp, for now.
The film was shot on a Black Magic camera 2k, edited in full HD, shot in Berlin in German
Our cast included 2 great kids, Victor Hilligardt and Jaron Schumann, The Man played by the excellent Hendrik Zimmerman Written, directed, produced, edited, post production and game sound design : Yagama (Marianna Perianova), Camera: Peter Bromme, Sound recording: Jon Dickens, Make up: Lilly Albishausen Assistants: Nemanja Andrejic, Helena Rimashevskaya
As things go with films, I can't publish it now, but here are some stills and a making-of shot!





 

Aug 7, 2014

Freerotation 2014

Just when you think it can't get any better, it does. Freerotation 2014 did it again. Big thanks and lots of love to all the family!
I had the pleasure of playing with amazing musicians, including Voices of The Lake. Fantabulously psychedelic experience! Some photos below :)
photo from my set in Room 2 with Sam Watson, whose set was very inspiring. By Kelvin Jenkins

my set in Room 2 with Sam Watson. Photo by Daddy's Got Sweets

my set closing the festival in Room 1on Sunday with Voices Of The Lake. Amazing journey! Photo by Daddy's Got Sweets

my set closing the festival in Room 1on Sunday with Voices Of The Lake. Amazing journey! Photo by Daddy's Got Sweets

my set closing the festival in Room 1on Sunday with Voices Of The Lake.  Photo by Daddy's Got Sweets

my set closing the festival in Room 1on Sunday with Voices Of The Lake. Photo by Daddy's Got Sweets


Jul 20, 2014

little APPETITE update

In November 2013 we shot the teaser for my film project APPETITE, which talks about a little Being who gets eaten by a gigantic purple rabbit and travels through its digestive system looking for freedom. It's been my most long term and engaging project so far, and its taken up a lot and at times all of my artistic and orgnisational time, skills and energy. I haven't been updating any of my web presence much, although work has been puffing along in spurts, as it goes with such complicated but exciting and inspiring adventures. We are now in post production and finally starting to animate!
Below is a photo from the set of the teaser by Christian Sonntag for a taste.
There is more info about the project here appetiteproject.wordpress.com

Dec 31, 2013

And the wheel goes round again...wishing a better new year to the world...

It's been a difficult year for the world and an interesting and busy one for me as an artist. I have mostly been occupied with my work with the ongoing art and film project APPETITE. It has been a source of inspiration, transformation, some necessary grudge, experiences, meetings and learnings - and despite the difficulties, I am really pleased with the ride. In the process, a month long APPETITE art show materialized (pics here and here) in May and June, and the live action part of the teaser was shot in November, and currently the animation and post production are slowly picking up pace. Well, after the holidays they will be ;) Of course, taking part in the wonderful Freerotation Festival was a highlight as always.
With gratitude for everything, wishing everyone in the world to feel more happy in the new year, whatever happiness may mean. And I do hope we awaken en masse to help the healing of our wounded planet.
image from an old sketchbook, Yagama 2000

Aug 1, 2013

Freerotation Festival 2013

For the  4th year in a row I have had the pleasure and honor of taking part in what is probably the best - and definitely my favorite - underground electronic music festival around: FREEROTATION! Amazing music, beautiful people, and a lovely vibe. I played live video with a lot of great musicians, including Aybee and Magic Mountain High. Below are some stills from a couple of my sets. Thank you, Freerotation family!!!

here and below: stills from my vj set with Magic Mountain High and the FR surprise live on 14.07.2013







here and below: stills from my set with Aybee, 13.07.2013





Jun 23, 2013

Appetite performance and exhibition photos

On June 7th the APPETITE exhibition at Porcelaingres Berlin came to an end with a pleasant finissage. The goal of the exhibition was  to raise money for the film project by the same name. There were paintings, photos, sketches and collages by Yagama as well as a "Stomach" installation made by Yagama and Eva Garland, props by Michi Ukawa. Here are some photos from the opening, the guided tours and the finissage. 
More photos and info on the APPETITE film project blog
Join us on https://www.facebook.com/appetiteproject.

“Appetite” improvisational performance on May 3, 2013 at Porcelaingres Berlin with the cast of the film: Ada Kowalewski, Dita Scholl, Lynn Femme, Stephen Patrick Hannah, Tomer Dotan, Set by Yagama and Eva Garland, Props by Michi Ukawa, costumes by Odile Hautemulle, directed by Yagama. Photo by Dean Zagorchinov

“Appetite” improvisational performance on May 3, 2013 at Porcelaingres Berlin with the cast of the film: Ada Kowalewski, Dita Scholl, Lynn Femme, Stephen Patrick Hannah, Tomer Dotan, Set by Yagama and Eva Garland, Props by Michi Ukawa, costumes by Odile Hautemulle, directed by Yagama. Photo by Yagama

Performance by Grapeshade Sowieso at the APPETITE opening on May 3, 2013

Yagama with her "Rabbit on a Platter" painting at the exhibition opening May 3, 2013

"Stomach" installation made by Yagama and Eva Garland, props by Michi Ukawa: Intestine Floor DETAIL
Cannibalism photo series by Yagama

Overview of the Porcelaingres gallery space with the exhibition

Yagama and the emblematic "Rabbit Eats Being 2" painting

Yagama doing an exhibition guided tour on May 16th

Guided tour during the Finissage on June 7th
A view of the gallery

"Stomach" installation made by Yagama and Eva Garland, props by Michi Ukawa, art direction/concept by Yagama


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Yagama is an artist originally from Bulgaria who works in a variety of media-poetry, painting, installations, performance, video art, and most recently film. She has performed and collaborated on artwork in over 13 countries around the world. Her interest lies in creating multilevelled transformational work, inspired by folklore and ritual, personal experience,mythology, and, lately, social issues. Through experience with multiple artistic media, she hopes to create environments and stories that affect all senses, transcending the traditional division of the arts. Moving towards time based media and particularly working on film is a logical step in this direction. As founder and artist of the Uga Buga Art Collective, Yagama carried out a number of art projects, including the creation a plant labyrinth in Geo Milev park in Sofia, many installations and fire performances. She started working with video in 2007 and has taken part in many international and Bulgarian festivals as a live video performer, and co-created a Bulgarian Culture Fund award-winning theatre performance "KaroL:Lorak" She is a member of Bitches on Bikes band, and the Fire Connection Berlin group.