Vera Hadzhiyska is a Bulgarian multi-disciplinary artist and curator based in Portsmouth, England.
Her practice is informed by the study of migration, cultural and national identity, history and collective memory. Her work begins autobiographically, tracing family narratives and shared traumas. Through the use of photography, archival documents, audio and video installations Hadzhiyska examines historical and political events in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe, their impact on people’s lives and identity.
Vera has an MA and a BA degree in Photography from the University of Portsmouth. She has exhibited internationally in Bulgaria, Greece, France and the United Kingdom. Her work has been published in Musée Magazine, Source Magazine, The Calvert Journal, Loupe Magazine, Photograd, Post Pravda Magazine, AND Then There Was, BalkanStories and Bulgarian Photography Now among others.
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.
Art Start, group exhibition, Credo Bonum Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria - 11 May 2021
Aspex Emergency 2020, group exhibition, Portsmouth, UK - Postponed to July 2021
Fabrica In Between Gallery exhibition, Brighton, UK - Jan - April 2021
HIDDEN HISTORIES online exhibition by In Conversation With
Brighton Photo Fringe 2020 - With the Name of a Flower - online exhibition
Circulation(s) Festival 2020, 104 Centquatre, Paris, France
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
"Thresholds", group exhibition, Gonzo Unit, Thessaloniki, Greece
"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
"Selected", group exhibition part of Third International Photo Salon 2016, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
"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
"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
Interview with Melita Dennett on RadioReverb
Musée Magazine: Photo Journal Monday Feature
Fabrica In Between Gallery Winner - Article by Brighton Photo Fringe
UNITED publication by Work Show Grow
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
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
Post Pravda Magazine article - Beyond Boundaries: Our Favourite Photographers Reinventing Bulgarian Identity
Month of Photography 2015 catalogue (in print)