CV

VIDA DENA
Iranian female artist/film maker based in Brussels, Belgium.
Born in 1984 in Tehran, Iran.

EDUCATION
• 2013-2015 : Master in Filmmaking, KASK School of arts, Gent
→Thesis: The cinema of Pedro costa 
(distinction)
• 2011-2013 : Master in Transmedia, Luca school of arts, Brussels
→Thesis: Censorship is beautiful ( Research on censorship on artistic parcours in Iran) 
(distinction)
• 2009-2011 : Master of Fine arts, Umea academy of fine arts, Umea, Sweden
→Thesis: Censorship is beautiful (Installation ) 
• 2002-2006 : Bachelor in Architecture, Azad university of
Tehran,Tehran, Iran

Workshops: 
•History of arts: Aria gallery(2005- 2006) and Mah-e-mehr art
institute(2007- 2008)
•Drawing courses: Mehrin Gallery(2006- 2009), Académie des
Beaux-Arts de Saint-Gilles (2013- 2014) and Académie de Dessin et des Arts visuels de Molenbeek-Saint-Jean (2015-2019)


FILMOGRAPHY

• 2015: Ayan and the white balloon – (Director, Camera, Editing)

– DOK Leipzig, 58th International LEIPZIG Festival for
documentary and animated film, Leipzig, Germany, World premiere, Novembre 2015
– Millenium festival international du documentaire, Brussels, Belgium, March 2016
– Festival L’inconnu, Paris, France, 7 April 2015
– FEST: New directors, New films festival, Espinho, Portugal,
20-26 June 2016
-The 34th  Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany, November 2016
 

• 2011: My fingers grew and stuck to the asphalt – (Director, Camera, Editing)

– 14e Festival des cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris (cjc), Paris, France, 2012
– Festival international « Signes de Nuit », 2012



ARTISTIC PATHS & EXHIBITIONS
« Cache Cache», Molenbeek Academy of fine arts, Brussels, 9-31 May 2018
« MOOOV», Expo de photographie, MOOOV festival, Brugge, Turnhout, April 2018
« Symposium Film, Art and Exile by Noncitizen», film projection & lecture, Stockholm , Sweden, 1&2 december 2018
« L’art du mouvement perpétuel », BRASS, Brussels,16-19 March 2017
« My childhood rituals», Solo exhibition, Art-base gallery, Brussels, 2016
« Expo en vitrine », Le Coin du diable, January 2016, Brussels
« Auto-censorship », Solo exhibition, Centre culturel Estación Mapocho, Santiago (Chili), 2013
« Auto-censorship », Solo exhibition, Estación Cielo Abierto, Valparaiso (Chili), 2013
« Let it be » ,Solo exhibition, Galerie Arielle d’Hauterives, Brussels, 2012
« Green », Collaboration a democratic organisation,Södra, Stockholm, Sweden, 2011
« Double ID », Solo exhibition, Librairie/Galerie Ouvrir L’œil, Lyon, France, 2011
•« 3///3…three walls on Wednesdays… », in collaboration with Blanka Amezkua in the public areas in Athen (Grèce), 2011
•« Transition», Group exhibition, Galerie Art base (Brussels), January 2011,
«Group expo », Galerie Andersson Sandström, Stockholm, Sweden, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Suède, 2011
« My city », drawing biennale, Imam Ali Museum, Tehran, Iran, 2011
« Group expo », WIP Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 2010
« UMEA Group exhibition », Fine art academy of Umeå, Umeå, Sweden, 2010
« Group expo », Drawing exhibition, Pardis cultural center, Tehran, Iran, 2009
•« Art Expo», collective exhibition, Tehran, Iran, 2009
•«  Eating our brain», Solo exhibition, video installation , Mehrin Art Gallery, Téhéran, Iran, 2008


 WORKSHOPS :
• Video workshop organised for the members of the  CPAS of Saint-gilles, Collaboration between CICLOPE , CPAS and Pianofabriek cultural center, September- December 2019 
• Workshop for children( 6- 9 years old), visual art, Maison de la culture de Molenbeek, 2018-2019
• Two days workshop of video for children, Urban cinéma (Ciclope collective project), 16 March 2018
• Memory Lab, film documentary workshop, CICLOPE collective, GC De Kriekelaar , February and April 2018
• Two days workshop for children and adults, opening of Musée communal de Molenbeek-Saint-Jean (MoMuse), 16 March 2018
•  Flipbook and stop-motion workshop for children, 27 February- 3 Mars 2017, Maison de la culture de Molenbeek
• Video workshop organised for the members of the CPAS of Saint-gilles, Collaboration between CICLOPE , CPAS and Pianofabriek cultural center, September- December 2015, 2016, 2017
• Theatre and body movement and expression workshop, organised for the members of the  CPAS of Saint-gilles, Collaboration between CICLOPE , CPAS and Pianofabriek cultural center, January and February 2017
 

CURATING:
From 2015 I started to organise and curate art exhibitions mostly with the aim of connecting and exchanging between different cultures in Brussels.

Curating exhibitions in Art Base gallery:

« A jug of wine and nothing else » ,Azam Masoumzadeh, iranian artist, 23 January 2019
« L’art brut d’iran» Zabihullah Mohammady, iranian outsider artist, 23 Mai 2019
« Ma vie quotidienne», Solo exhibition of cuban artist, Ileana Morell, Art Base, 10 Janvier 2019
« Les petites histoires», Solo exhibition of french artist, Catherine LeGoff, Art Base, 28 Septembre 2018
« Colours», Solo exhibition of Iranian artist, Azarakhsh Farahani, Art Base, 2 May 2018
« Lines», group exhibition , Art Base, 7 March 2018
« Genesis», Solo exhibition of Iranian artist, Mostafa Kazemi Motlagh , Art Base, 17 october, 2017
« In my forest, there are», Solo exhibition of South Korean artist, Choi Juhyun , Art Base,26  April, 2017
« Exile At Home », collective drawing exhibition, from 21 novembre 2015 to 6 December 2015 in galerie Art Base (Brussels), Iranian drawings with the theme of exile
«  L’acte de résistance » , collective drawing exhibition, from 19 to 29 January 2015, Pianofabriek (Saint-Gilles),(Under the project of a residency of Ciclope collective in Pianofabriek cultural center of  Saint-Gilles, from november 2014 to February 2015).
« Exile Filmfestivalen », Film Festival, from 9 to 14 February 2016 in Malmö , Sweden


PRIZE
•2020 Bourse Orange Belgium x SACD x pour les femmes réalisatrices en Belgique, (Ma vie en papier/My paperlife)
•2020 VAF (Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds), production, first long documentary film( Ma vie en papier/My paperlife)
•2017 VAF (Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds), Scenario et development, first long documentary film( Ma vie en papier/My paperlife)
•2017 SCAM, Bourse de Brouillon d’un rêve
•2015 Residency in Pianofabriek (as a member of CICLOPE audiovisual collective)
•2012 Prix de la Biennale Internationale du Dessin Contemporain, Geyr Art Gallery, Namur, Belgique 
•2012 Diplôme dʼexcellence du 14e Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris, France
•2011 Bourse Genom Kungel, Sweden


JURY
•Member of the international Jury of 2018, MOOOV film festival, Turnhout, Belgium


PRESS
•Demorgen, Affiche filmfestival MOOOV gemaakt door Vida Dena: ook Iraanse meisjes ‘just wanna have fun’,  2018 – By Robin Broos
•BRUZZ international,Vida Dena: ‘Ik voel me geen immigrant in Brussel’, 2017
• karoo.me/art-ko/vida-dena
• agirparlaculture.be/pellicules/cache-cache-vida-dena


COLLECTIVE
•Member of Ciclope collective.Ciclope is a collective of four artists and filmmakers from different countries (Portugal, Italy, Equateur, Belgium and Iran) all based in Brussels.They organise film screenings, make films and collaborate in directing and filming

•Member of « Comment peut-on être persan » a collective based in Brussels to promote Persian culture and art.

OTHERS
•Figurative Model in Anderlecht academy of fine arts, Sculpture section, 2014- 2017

INTERESTS
•Mountain lover

LANGUAGE
• Persian: mother tongue
• English: very good
• French: very good
• Flemish: Basic