Lyоudmila Milanova was born in 1979 in Varna, Bulgaria. She lives and works in Cologne, Germany. First she studied media theory at the University of Cologne, then visual art at the Academy of Arts in Cologne.
Some of her solo shows include: “Like eyes, like a mouth, like birds, like the sun”, Art city gallery Varna, 2021; “Moments of brief balance”, Little Bird Gallery, Sofia, 2021; “We have to learn to walk in a circle”, Artothek Cologne, 2021; “SUNS”, Matjö, Cologne, 2018; “AGENS”, Fuhrwerkswaage, Cologne, 2017; “AER”, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Köln, 2016.
Some of her recent group shows are: “A World in the Air”, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2022; “Staging the view”, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Kornelimünster, 2021; “And Inside There Is Nothing But A Heart”, Arno Art Center, Korea, 2020.
In her artistic practice, Lyoudmila Milanova deals with natural phenomena and natural matter and their manipulation through technology. She often works with ephemeral materials such as fog, clouds, light or the physical laws of solid matter, juxtaposing them with man-made forms and constructs. Her work encompasses video installations, kinetic objects, photography, as well as set design and choreography for dance performances.
Brief Balance, 2021.
- Material: water, sheet of aluminium, cooling system
- Width: 60.00 cm Height: 85.00 cm Depth: 7.00 cm
- Description: frozen water drops on a sheet of aluminium
We have то learn to walk in a circle, 2021.
- Material: wood, water, pigment, metal, mirror, electronics, cooling system, lamp
- Sizes: diameter 3m, hight 26cm
- Description: Water which evaporates and water that becomes ice, along with a kinetic mirror that reflects light back and moves it into the space, are enclosed in a circular tableau. All elements in this composition follow their own rhythm and loop or turn on and off at specific time intervals. The highly artificial landscape addresses the principle of natural cycles and human interaction with them.
- Material: plastics, heat-sensitive ink
- Width: 35.00 cm Height: 80.00 cm Depth: 12.00 cm
- Description: The artist's own body print is coated with heat-sensitive ink so that it reacts to the room temperature. The torso changes its color depending on the outside temperature from black to red and green, to blue and magenta.
Seeing clouds from both sides, 2018.
- Material: Inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper
- Width: 41.00 cm Height: 41.00 cm Depth: cm
- Description: Clouds, seen simultaneously from above and below by means of a satellite camera. Once the satellite reaches the desired degree of latitude, it captures with its camera a frame of the clouds from above, while, at the same time, the artist is photographing the same cloud formation from below. The center of the image is set by the position of the artist. Within a very short moment the two camera lenses point to each other.
The Sky Eludes All Attempts At Planning, 2017.
- Material: fog machine, wood, electronics
- Width: 35.00 cm Height: 120.00 cm Depth: 35.00 cm
- Description: Every now and then a cloud is blown out of a small opening on the top of a pedestal. This immaterial “sculpture” floats briefly over the socket, to dissolve immediately in nothing. The fleeting moment, in which a cloud is “presented” over a pedestal, is an attempt to cultivate material. The subtle mixture remains intangible.