Award-Winning Director, Producer, and Writer, Eva Vik, Opens Up About Her Name Change
One’s name is integral to their identity, reflecting a personal family history and culture. However, the power of our name extends beyond personal identity and can shape how others perceive us. Within the film industry, Hollywood-made surnames have been a common practice, and historically many actors and directors have changed their names to make them more marketable. However, award-winning director, producer, and writer Eva Vik has recently made headlines for taking a different approach to her name. The highly acclaimed creative has decided to change her surname to Vik—her grandmother’s maiden name—to honor her family’s strong women and also to reflect her feminist beliefs. Continue reading to learn more about Vik’s life, her filmmaking career, and the power of names.
The talented Czech filmmaker, whose surname was previously Dolezalova, is known for her critically acclaimed works, such as Serpentine and Raven, which have premiered on multiple platforms, including Mubi, Dazed, Amazon Prime Video, and Vogue. In addition, Vik’s films have featured top-notch actors such as Sean Penn, Suki Waterhouse, Jack Kilmer, Dylan Sprouse, and Barbara Palvin.
In 2021, Forbes named Vik in their prestigious 30 Under 30 feature. Additionally, she often directs Bulgari projects and commercials with stars such as Cailee Spaeny and Barbara Palvin. Vik speaks five languages and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for a year before discovering her true calling in writing and directing.
Despite her impressive achievements, Vik’s decision to change her name prompted recent headlines. In an interview, she explained that she no longer wanted to comply with the patriarchal tradition of women taking male surnames. Her name change wasn’t an overnight decision, rather, she had been considering the change for a long time but had hesitated due to the idea of being tied to a surname given at birth. In addition, Vik wished to avoid taking on a Hollywood-ized name that meant very little to her.
“The women in my family were strong and self-made, especially my grandmother, whose maiden surname I’ve decided to take on,” states Vik. “From having to hide during WWII, she became a well-respected designer of hats.”
Vik’s decision to change her surname also stems from her relationship with her father. ”Since I never truly related to my surname anyway, I no longer wanted to perpetuate his name, but rather wanted to continue the name clan of the powerful women in my family,” Vik shared.
The forward-looking Vik’s most recent work, the sci-fi body-horror, Serpentine, features a covert snake cult that breaks the genetic code to create a new snake-human interspecies. The film, starring Barbara Palvin, Soo Joo Park, and Luke Brandon Field, was nominated for the X Award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2022 and won the Best Genre Short Film at the Mammoth Film Festival. Raven, a story about a relationship between extraterrestrial intelligence and humanity, was released by Vogue magazine in 2023.
Eva Vik’s decision to change her surname to Vik honors her family’s long line of strong women and reflects her feminist beliefs. With her growing success in the film industry, Vik’s passion for storytelling and dedication to important causes, such as ending violence against women and children, continue to inspire and impact others.
Eva Vik is currently working on her feature film and a limited TV series, Vik also continues her collaboration with Bulgari on a new project set to release in mid-2023.
Bobby Banks Signs with Marks Art After Successful Auctions in US
Marks Art is proud to announce that Bobby Banks has joined the team after successful auctions in the United States. The acclaimed artist and painter will be joining forces with the company, bringing his unique vision and style to their projects.
Bobby Banks is a renowned artist from the US who has been working in the art world for over 10 years. His work has been featured in galleries across the nation, as well as numerous international exhibitions. He has also won awards for his pieces, including a Gold Medal from the Global Arts Awards and an Honorable Mention from the American Society of Artists.
“I’m thrilled to be part of Marks Art,” said Bobby Banks. “It’s an honor to join such an amazing group of artists and I’m excited to see what we can create together.”
At Marks Art, Banks will be working on a variety of projects, ranging from paintings and sculptures to installations and murals. His unique vision and style will help bring life to these projects, creating something truly special.
Banks’s addition comes at a time when Marks Art is expanding its reach into new markets around the world. With his expertise, they are sure to make a great impact on the art community. “We are so excited for Bobby to join our team,” said Mark Smith, CEO of Marks Art. “His talent and eye for detail will be invaluable as we continue to grow our presence in the art world.”
With Bobby Bank’s signing with Marks Art, it marks yet another milestone in their journey towards becoming one of the leading names in contemporary art. With his help, they hope to bring even more success than before while making an impact on both local and international audiences alike.
Bobby Bank’s work has been rising more than 50% PA because of his comparison to Jean Michel Basquiat, the demand for his work has never been higher. Join Marks Art community to get involved in the action @uk.marksart
Unleashing a New Wave of Artistry: How Fringe Redefines Contemporary Creativity with Daring Brand Fusion
The contemporary art scene is always in a state of flux, with new artists and styles emerging all the time. However, few artists have caused as much of a stir as Fringe, a South African artist who has taken the art world by storm with his unique fusion of branding symbols and powerful visuals.
With work that is bold, provocative, and emotionally resonant, Fringe is a standout. He takes well-known cultural icons, like Mickey Mouse and Superman, and transforms them into symbols of hope, humor, and humanity. His ability to incorporate branding symbols into his work is particularly impressive, making his art accessible and relatable to people from all walks of life.
Fringe’s artistic journey is an inspiring one. Starting as a graphic designer, he gradually transitioned into fine art, using his unique visual language to push the boundaries of artistic conventions. His journey has been marked by passion, dedication, and hard work, culminating in a series of major solo exhibitions that have left audiences in awe.
What sets him apart from other contemporary artists is his ability to tell a story through his art. Each piece is a unique masterpiece that reflects his incredible talent and unparalleled imagination. From oil on canvas to mixed media and resin and bronze sculptures, Fringe’s creativity knows no bounds.
By exploring the intersections of culture, identity, and personal expression, Fringe is able to tap into deeply thought-provoking pieces. His work is not just visually stunning—it sparks conversations and evokes strong emotions. His multimedia pieces and sculptures are a testament to his artistic growth and exploration, and each exhibition is a chance to experience his evolving vision.
For Fringe, art is not just a means of expression but a way of life. He has revolutionized the art world by masterfully blending elements from mass media, digital media, cartoons, and movie culture into his paintings and sculptures. His creative sense knows no bounds, and he has been hailed as the reigning king of pop art in South Africa.
In a world where art is often viewed as a luxury for the elite, Fringe’s work stands out as something that is accessible and relatable to everyone. By incorporating familiar branding symbols into his art, he is able to transcend cultural barriers and connect with people from all over the world.
The impact this artist’s work has had on the contemporary art scene cannot be overstated. He has gained international acclaim, and his exhibitions continue to mesmerize art enthusiasts and creatives alike. Whether you are a seasoned art collector or simply someone who appreciates beautiful and thought-provoking art, his work is not to be missed.
An easily defined trailblazer in the global contemporary art scene, Fringe is pushing the boundaries of creativity with his daring brand fusion. His multimedia pieces and sculptures are a testament to his artistic growth and exploration, and his unique visual language pushes the boundaries of artistic conventions. His ability to evoke strong emotions and spark conversation through his artwork solidifies his position as one of his generation’s most innovative and talented artists. So why not discover the innovative world of Fringe and experience the allure of his art for yourself? Follow him on Instagram for the latest.
Valid and Stretch Money share versatile album ‘Bill & Isiah’
Valid and Stretch Money have dropped off their blazing new collaborative album, titled Bill & Isiah. Produced by platinum credited Grammy-Award winning DJ Head of Shady Records, and Grammy-Award winning Anthony Rizzo, Bill & Isiah is ones of the most anticipated albums of the year. It’s a potent, eclectic collection of tracks packed with punchy, stylish production and re-windable bars.
The album plays like an actual basketball game broken down into quarters as well, with each quarter having a significant sound or theme to it. On the first track “89′ Cadillacs”, Valid and Stretch Money introduce themselves to the listener, while on the very next song they re-introduce themselves as the Bad Boys that don’t mind being the villains — they prefer it that way. The next track sounds like an 80’s gangster/action movie, followed up by Game Film that pays homage to classic films from the 80’s.
Songs like “Sentimental” showcase their diversity as songwriters, with a colorful sound palette that contains catchy pop undertones. While “Commentate” provides the hard-hitting sounds and sharp bars that made Griselda iconoclasts. Closer “Like This”, featuring Slot-A, pays homage to classic Detroit sounds with its infectious bass-lines, lively percussion, and charismatic, stylish bars.
Bill & Isiah could certainly be considered one of hip-hop’s most versatile and engaging releases so far this year. Give it a listen below and connect with Valid and Stretch Money on social media platforms to watch for more updates.
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