Janis Rafa completed her education in fine arts (University of Leeds, 2002-2012) with a PhD in video art practice and was a resident at the Rijksakademie (2013-2014) with a scholarship by Alexander S. Onassis Foundation. In 2019 she presented her first museum solo exhibition at Centraal Museum, Utrecht. She recently completed her first feature film, Kala azar (2020), which had its world premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam (Tiger Competition), winning the AFK award for best Dutch co-production. The film will premiere at New Directors/New Films Festival at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York), and will be released in the Netherlands in August 2020. Rafa’s work has also been shown at MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Art (Rome, 2020); Medici Riccardi Palace in Florence (2017); Contemporary Art Center Chanot (France,2017); art space Kunsthalle Munster (Germany, 2017); Museum Voorlinden (Netherlands, 2017); EYE Film Institute (Netherlands, 2016); fort Kunstfort Vijfhuizen (Netherlands, 2016), Strozzi Palace in Florence (2015), State Museum of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki (2011), and Manifesta 8 (2010), among others. Her videos and films have been screened at film festivals such as: New Horizons, Tarkovsky , Lo Schermo dell’Arte , New Zealand International Film Festival, Netherlands Film Festival, BFI London, Viennale International Film Festival and Rencontres Internationales. Rafa’s work is in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Centraal Museum and Museum Voorlinden.
A Sign of Prosperity to the Dreamer, 2014
Configuration of the Man Who Has Seen Without Been Seen, 2015
Eaten by Non-Humans, 2019
Requiem to a Fatal Incident, 2015
Requiem to a Shipwreck, 2014