Roman Emolaev


Roman is a multidisciplinary artist working on the intersection of film, animation, photography and installation art often approached through the analysis of historical events and their effects on the precarious living conditions of expats living abroad. Concerned with the shifting paradigm for a foreigner as an unstable element of society, he aims to explore the potential for an alternative course of history. As a contemporary image-maker, Roman sees it as his responsibility to scrutinise the events, images and symbols of the past and remould them into the reality orientated towards the future.
Artist graduated from the VAV Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2017. In the same year, he won the EYE Research Lab Award for best audiovisual work at the EYE Filmmuseum. In January 2018, he received the Young Artsupport Amsterdam Award, and his graduation project Holy Land became part of the EYE Filmmuseum collection. His work has been exhibited in various galleries, institutions and Film Festivals in the Netherlands and abroad, his films have been screened in the different film festivals including IFFR. He was teaching fine art in Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2018-2019. In 2021 he was co-creator of MARC residency.


GOYA (2020)
A memory (re) collection story. In a dream-like cinematic style video, the journey of an anonymous character is unrevealing in parallel with the attempt of finding the genesis of the journey itself. This work chronicles the passage of the hero in search of the equilibrium one usually strives for after the great loss. By relocating yourself from one landscape to another, heading towards the destination your gaze lead you into, one is not only reaching a point of desire but renouncing the foundation of the despair. The hopelessness was engendered by the loss, by the death of clear guidance. The empty landscape turned into the matrix of a desolated road one still has to cross. The character steps into the ground wearing foreign legs, carrying her through the sterile black and white locations. The ritual of walk-in in her case works as a mystical reverence towards the abandoned land. The land does not carry any meaning apart from the cry coming from the tree she is looking for.

PHOTO PROJECT (2019-2021)
Which is aiming to establish a new methodology for the appearance of the new hybrid body. Through the creation of the specific situations, I am trying to reveal the points of stress in the images. Bodies of performers are coexisting with objects on equal terms - creating a reciprocal tension. Emerging to a certain sense as a laboratory experiment - this project aims at the hidden between the subject of the studies and the one watching.
This project is presented as a video in collaboration with MAAD formed by Carlo Micali, Lorenzo Mirra and Stefano Messina. Coming from different backgrounds they got bounded by the need of exploring an unorthodox form of expressions in Sound Design, finding opportunities to enhance and expand perception, principally oriented towards synesthetic experimentations with the aim to awaken and bound senses through art. Aesthetic innovation is key in this process, from here the necessity to push boundaries and consider new ways to reevaluate the essence of what surrounds us.

The writing project is avalable through the following link →

Stimulating and facilitating top talent with affordable living and working space, a budget, and a network – that is the goal of the 3Package Deal. This successful program of the Amsterdam Fund of the Arts (AFK) and Bureau Broedplaatsen in collaboration with renowned Amsterdam institutions is now regarded as the best practice in the field of talent development.

The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) invests in the arts which enrich the experience of life in the city of Amsterdam. The AFK encourages the quality, dynamism and diversity of the arts in Amsterdam, and contributes to the city's strong and richly varied cultural climate. The fund is available to all disciplines within the cultural sector, for cultural organizations and artists. The AFK supports both experimentation and proven quality, established organizations and those that are relatively new, the professional arts and amateur arts - from every district of the city. As a metropolitan cultural fund, the AFK offers support to high-quality cultural activities, it functions as a booster for the arts within the city and is an investor in a sustainable future for the cultural sector.

Bureau Broedplaatsen is part of the municipality of Amsterdam. Its task is to realize more affordable studios and (residential) workspaces for artists and incubator groups. Bureau Broedplaatsen does this in collaboration with target group organisations, city districts, central services, corporations, real estate agents, developers, and banks.

We thank our partners, the renowned Amsterdam cultural institutions listed below who take part in the 15 coalitions that select the participating artists and provide them with guidance and a supportive network. They are of vital importance to the program.

Film and Interactive Media: Filmacademie / IDFA / EYE / Fashion: HTNK / OSCAM / AMFI Visual Art: FOAM / Rietveld Academie / De Appel Arts Centre / Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / Kunstverein / Rijksakademie / Engaged Art: Veem House of Performance / De Balie / De Ateliers / Urban Realm: NDSM-Werf / Over het IJ Festival / Das Arts (AHK) / Theatre: Academie voor Theater en Dans/ Amerpodia / Theater Bellevue / Dance: ICK Artist Space / Frascati Theater / AHK / SNDO (AHK Dans) / Music: Conservatorium Amsterdam / Muziekgebouw aan het IJ / Melkweg / Cabaret: Academie voor Theater en Dans / De Kleine Komedie / Amsterdams Kleinkunst Festival / Interhistoricity: Oude Kerk / Museum van Loon / H401 / Reinwardt Academie / Publishing Performance: Werkplaats Typografie (ArtEz) / If I Can’t Dance / Sandberg Instituut – Critical Studies / Social Design: Waag / Hackers&Designers / Framer Framed / Self-taught: Likeminds / Theater Bellevue / Theater De Meervaart / Bio Art and Design: Waag / Mediamatic/ VU Amsterdam

Event credits:

Curated by Bogomir Doringer.
Event production by Rafael Kozdron.
Felix Meritis production by Rivka van der Berg.
Press contact: Charlie Thole (AFK.
Project leaders: Johanna Brils (AFK) and Naïma Bouchtaoui (Bureau Broedplaatsen).