Novo Selo (experimental video)
Dimitar Shopov, Plovdiv & Vera Mlechevska, Sofia
Dimitar Shopov was born 1980 in Kardzhali, Bulgaria.
Lives and works in Plovdiv
He graduated at the National Academy of Art, Sofia and the Academy of Music, Dance and Art, Plovdiv.
He has worked as stage designer for various theater productions such as The Burning Gadulka, 2012, Theater Sofia; Look Back in Anger, Theater Sfumato, 2009 etc.
He participated in many solo and group shows among which: People, Years, Life, Sariev Contemporary Gallery, 2017; Lifestyles and Still Life, Lubomirov/Angus and Hughes, London, 2015; Near, Closer, Together, Sofia Contemporary festival, 2012.
Since 2014 she is PhD candidate at the Bulgarian Academy of Science.
Mlechevska curated many group and solo shows, among which: Lifestyles and Still Life, Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes, London, 2016; The Dark Side of the Night, Night of Museums and Galleries, Plovdiv, together with D.Dimova and S.Kuyumdzieva; Modern Architecture Works – together with Ina Mertens, 2013; The End and Beyond, Week of Contemporary Art, CCA Art Today, Plovdiv, 2010; Handle with Care, UniCredit Studio, Milano, 2010; Following the Traces of the Lost Time, Sofia City Gallery, 2007.
She contributed to various publications such as: Phantom magazine New York, Art in Bulgaria magazine, Kultura newspaper, Altera magazine, LIK magazine, World and Diplomacy newspaper, Photography magazine.
Novo Selo is an experimental film with a hybrid structure that combines documentary with fiction. The starting point of the film is The Park of Creation – an amusement-historical park with figures and installations representing the history of the world after the imagination of the mayor of the village Novo Selo, Plovdiv region. The Mayor himself shares his views and projects his cultural horizon while he is guiding the viewer through the park. He is the mastermind of the creation and he realizes the project with the local craftsmen and voluntary work of some fellow – villagers.
The second storyline animates the park with the life of two Neandertal people and their daily clashes with the surrounding reality. The Park of Creation is their home and boundaries of the park are where their world ends. One day the male Neanderthal decides to explore what comes beyond the limits of the gaze and he takes an adventurous trip outside the park while the female makes her unconscious travelling in the world of dreams. Both of them will pay the price for their excursions outside their small world.