About

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


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


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

Exhibitions


2021

Fabrica In Between Gallery exhibition, Brighton, UK - Upcoming: 25 Jan 2021

Aspex Emergency 2020 - Upcoming: Postponed to 2021 

HIDDEN HISTORIES online exhibition by In Conversation With 

2020

Brighton Photo Fringe 2020 - With the Name of a Flower - online exhibition

Circulation(s) Festival 2020,  104 Centquatre, Paris, France 

2019

With the Name of a Flower, MA Photography graduate solo exhibition, Four Corners Gallery, Bethnal Green, London, UK

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

HOME exhibition by Shutter Hub in support of homeless charities across the UK, Gallery at Home, Wales

Then There Was Us group exhibition, Public Source, Manchester, UK

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

Revolv Collective: Archive as Medium, group exhibition, Four Corners Gallery, London, UK

Menier Gallery, London, UK 'Transient' exhibition, showcasing 'Kingdom of Chamla'

"Transient", group exhibition, showcasing"Kingdom of Chamla" project, University Of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK

"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

"Inner Worlds", solo exhibition part of Month of Photography 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

"Inner Worlds", solo exhibition part of Albert Road Art Trail, University of Portsmouth Fine Art exhibition, Portsmouth, UK

"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 - 2020

With the Name of a Flower travelling exhibition

2017

Revolv Collective: Archives as Medium exhibition

2016

Bohemian Exhibition

Publications

2021

Musée Magazine: Photo Journal Monday Feature

Fabrica In Between Gallery Winner - Article by Brighton Photo Fringe 

2020

AND 2020 - Then There Was Us annual photography publication (in print)

Loupe Magazine interview with Luke Das about "With the Name of a Flower" 

Stay at Home Photography visual conversation with Kelli Pennington

2019

Source Magazine, Issue 99 - Autumn 2019, MA Graduate Photography Showcase (in print and online)

TATE: The Photography Ideas Book by Lorna Yabsley, TATE & Ilex Press (in print)

AND 2019 - Then There Was Us photography publication (in print)

NIGHT Transforms Plovdiv into a "Common Place" for audiences, contemporary art and cultural heritage, article in Pod Tepeto.COM

Forbidden Bulgarian names. A hidden part of Bulgarian history, article in Islam Online.SK

Bulgaria’s Forbidden Names, article in Balkan Stories.NET

Vera Hadzhiyska, A 2019 Highly Commended MA Photography graduate selected by Photograd

The Calvert Journal article- This photographer’s ode to her grandmother explores womanhood and trauma in Bulgaria

2018

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

2017

F-Stop Magazine, Issue #85 - Home

Bulgarian Photography Now

LensCulture online gallery

2015

Month of Photography 2015 catalogue (in print)

Using Format