About

I am a photographer, mixed media artist and aspiring curator based between Bulgaria and England. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography from the University of Portsmouth, where I am presently studying MA Photography to expand my research and practice.

Migrating from Bulgaria to England has been a great influence and inspiration for my practice. The study of diaspora, migration, cultural identity, history and collective memory is central to my work. It has led to the interrogation of personal and family narratives in connection to national history and significant historical and political events in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. I am interested in the effects these events have on regular people, generation after generation.

By working with photography, archives, mapping, audio-video installations and self-portraiture I interrogate my cultural, national and religious heritage and history in order to make better sense of the world.

Education

2017 - 2019     MA Photography, University of Portsmouth (ongoing)
2014 - 2017     Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Photography, University of Portsmouth

Exhibitions

Upcoming:  3rd - 7th September 2019        Solo Exhibition, Four Courners Gallery, London  

Ongoing:  4 March - 5 April 2019     March!: An Exhibition Celebrating Women’s History Month,  Brentwood Road Gallery,  Brentwood Road, Romford,RM1 2RR

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

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

2016     Plovdiv, Bulgaria      Third International Photo Salon, 2016, 'Selected'

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

2014     Balabanov House, Plovdiv, Bulgaria      'The Detska Kitka Choir through the Eyes of a Singer', a debut solo photographic exhibition dedicated to the Detska Kitka choir where Vera sang for 9 years, showcasing a collection of photographs from 2006 to 2014 


Curatorial Work

2017      London, UK       'Transient' exhibition, showcasing 'Kingdom of Chamla', Menier Gallery
2016      Portsmouth, UK      'Bohemian' exhibition, as part of Bohemian art organization Kings Theatre, no28 Albert Road
2015      Portsmouth, UK      'A Photographic Exploration of Human Territories'
2015      Portsmouth, UK      'Psychogeography and Portrait Photography'
2014      Plovdiv, Bulgaria     'The Detska Kitka Choir through the Eyes of a Singer'

Curatorial Projects

2016      'Bohemian' art organisation

Publications

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 


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