A still from Bulnygin's film, Vodka and Cigarettes


Program Bio
June 2006: New York and the Flaherty Film Seminar at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
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Dmitry Bulnygin was born in 1965. His work in the arts began in the 1980s, when he worked on neo-expressionist painting, prints, and performances based in primitivism. In 1990, he graduated from the Novosibirsk Architectural Institute. In 1998 a fire in his workshop destroyed all of his previous works including paintings and components of installations. He thus decided to shift his focus to installation and video work. Since then, he has produced numerous experimental videos that have been shown both locally and internationally at such venues as the Central House of Artists (Moscow, 2000 and 2005), Art in General (New York, 2004), and KIASMA (Helsinki, 2004). In 1995 he participated in the European subculture project “Eurocot”. He has also participated in various international seminars and European video film festivals. In 2000 he founded what would become the annual International Festival of Extra Short Film (ESF) in Novosibirsk. The Festival features films one minute or shorter in length with clearly defined premises and outcomes. Described as “the most democratic and low-budget video festival in Russia,” the ESF has featured films from across Russia, Europe and Asia.

Career Updates

Since participating in the CEC ArtsLink hosted Open World Cultural Leaders Program in 2006, Bulnigyn has continued to have significant professional success.
  • Examples of Bulnygin’s film were included in the monumental “Russia!” exhibition (2006) at the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain. His work was also represented or referenced in several other group shows in New York, Moscow, Mexico, and Berlin.
  • His work is also featured in “9000km” A Trans-Russian Art Project (2007), a collection of work representing contemporary art across the physical domains of Russia, sponsored by the Russian National Center for Contemporary Art. For more information see the project website.
  • The annual Extra Short Film Festival, which he founded in 2000, continues to be extremely successful, and has moved from Novosibirsk to Moscow. See the website for current information.
  • His films To Moscow and Afterparty have received awards at the KinoShok (2006) and MediaForum (2007) film festivals, respectively. They have been widely shown at galleries in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
  • One of his short films was shown in the context of contemporary art installations at the 2007 Miami Art Fair as part of a contemporary Russian art exhibition