Vera Hadzhiyska is a Bulgarian multidisciplinary artist and curator based in England. Her practice isinformed by the study of migration, cultural and national identity, history and collectivememory. Through photography, audio and video installations Vera explores past andpresent historical and political events in Bulgaria. 

Vera has an MA and BA degree in Photography from the University of Portsmouth. She hasexhibited internationally in Bulgaria, Greece and the United Kingdom. Her work has beenpublished in The Calvert Journal, Post Pravda Magazine, AND Then There Was, BalkanStories and Bulgarian Photography Now among others. She was selected by Photograd asone of the 10 highly commended MA graduates of 2019. 

Since September 2018 Vera has been leading a Peer to Peer Feedback group providinga space where artists can share their work in progress, ideas and struggles with ongoingprojects and receive honest feedback, help and support from fellow practitioners.


2017 - 2019     MA Photography, University of Portsmouth
2014 - 2017     BA (Hons) Photography, University of Portsmouth



5 - 19 October 2019 - HOME exhibition by Shutter Hub in support of homeless charities across the UK, Gallery at Home, Llancayo Court, Usk, Wales, NP15 1HY


2019    With the Name of a Flower, Solo exhibition part of the curated programme of the NIGHT/Plovdiv 2019 festival, Stambolyan House, Old Town, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2019    With the Name of a Flower, MA Photography graduate solo exhibition, Four Corners Gallery, Bethnal Green, London, UK

2019    Then There Was Us group exhibition,  Public Source, Manchester
2019     March!: An Exhibition Celebrating Women’s History Month,  Brentwood Road Gallery, Romford, UK

2018     "Thresholds", group exhibition, Gonzo Unit, Thessaloniki, Greece    

2017     "Transition", group photography exhibition part of NIGHT/Plovdiv festival, PLOVEDIV Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria   
2017     Revolv Collective: Archive as Medium, group exhibition, Four Corners Gallery, London, UK   
2017     Menier Gallery, London, UK      'Transient' exhibition, showcasing 'Kingdom of Chamla'
2017     "Transient", group exhibition, showcasing"Kingdom of Chamla" project, University Of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK   
2017     "Heat Signature", solo exhibition part of Month of Photography 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria

2016     "Selected", group exhibition part of Third International Photo Salon 2016, Plovdiv, Bulgaria     

2015     "A Photographic Exploration of Human Territories", group exhibition with the project "With Love", Portsmouth, UK     
2015     "Inner Worlds", solo exhibition part of Month of Photography 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria     
2015      "Inner Worlds", solo exhibition part of Albert Road Art Trail, University of Portsmouth Fine Art exhibition, Portsmouth, UK
2015    "Psychogeography and Portrait Photography", a collaborative photographic exhibition with Robbie Spotswood, showcasing projects 'Inner Worlds' and 'Reflection', Kings Theatre, Portsmouth, UK     

2014     "The Detska Kitka Choir through the Eyes of a Singer", a debut solo photographic exhibition dedicated to the Detska Kitka choir, showcasing a collection of photographs from 2006 to 2014, Balabanov House, Plovdiv, Bulgaria      

Curatorial Projects

2019    With the Name of a Flower travelling exhibition

2017     Revolv Collective: Archives as Medium exhibition

2016      Bohemian Exhibition 


2019    AND Then There Was Us publication (in print)
2019    NIGHT Transforms Plovdiv into a "Common Place" for audiences, contemporary art and cultural heritage, Pod Tepeto.COM
2019    Forbidden Bulgarian names. A hidden part of Bulgarian history, Islam Online.SK
2019    Bulgaria’s Forbidden Names, Balkan Stories.NET
2019    Vera Hadzhiyska, A 2019 Highly Commended MA Photography graduate selected by Photograd
2019    The Calvert Journal - This photographer’s ode to her grandmother explores womanhood and trauma in Bulgaria

2018    Post Pravda Magazine - Beyond Boundaries: Our Favourite Photographers Reinventing Bulgarian Identity

2017     F-Stop Magazine, Issue #85 - Home
2017     Bulgarian Photography Now 
2017     LensCulture online gallery 

2015     Month of Photography 2015 catalogue (in print)

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