(c) Pavel Brăila
Pavel Braila (b.1971) - / Education / 2003 Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing, France / 2001 Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Holland / 1997 State University of Moldova, Chisinau (Diploma of Translator-Reviewer) / 1994 Technical University of Moldova, Chisinau (Diploma of Engineer-Mechanic)
Since the mid-1990s the artist took part in numerous international art exhibitions and film festivals with films, videos, installations, photos, and performances. In 2002 his film “Shoes for Europe” was shown at the documenta11 in Kassel. In 2003 he was selected by Phaidon in the list of 100 best artist in the world (Cream 3). In 2004 Braila initiated in Moldova the unique project “Alte Arte” - a TV Magazine on Contemporary Art, that was produced by artists and broadcasted on Moldovan national TV. In 2007, being an artist in residency of DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Pavel Braila presented his monumental installation “Barons'Hill” in Neue Nationalgalerie. His film “Definitively Unfinished” was awarded in 2009 at the Oberhausen International Film Festival.
In 2011 Braila presented "Chisinau - city difficult to pronounce" a four-part video work, that deals with life in Chisinau throughout a full year and offers impressions of Moldova's capital during all four seasons.
In 2013 his piece “Ink Ribbon Fingerprints” got the CELESTE PRIZE for the best Video.
In 2014 a series of performances by Braila were presented in the Public Program of Manifesta 10 in Saint Petersburg.
In 2015 Braila’s concept was selected to represent the pavilion of Republic of Moldova at the World Expo in Milano for which he was nominated for the best public architecture at the Ida-Tops Award.
In 2017 Pavel Braila took part for the second time in documenta14 in Athens and Kassel.
Braila had exhibited in solo shows in venues such as Yvon Lambert, Paris, Neue Nationalgalerie, Galerie im Taxispalais, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Transit Bucharest, Eastwards Prospectus, etc
Braila's works have been included in numerous group shows including those at Boijmans Museum, TATE, The Renaissance Society in Chicago, Kölnischer Kunstverein; Palazzo delle Stelline; MUMOK; Moderna Museet, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, etc.He lives and works in Chişnău and Berlin.
Pavel is one of the speakers at the Art Space Connect conference on 06 and 07 November 2020. He is also showing parts of his video work "Barons' Hill" (2005), which was shown in 2007 at the Neue Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin as part of his DAAD Artist-in-Residence Program. In the six-part video work, the artist documents a new and glorious Sinti and Roma architecture, which has emerged in Moldova in recent years and is characterized by a hubris of architectural style elements.
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