Mother / Майка

2016 - ongoing

Майка explores my Bulgarian cultural identity and my relationship with my mother. Due to my migration to England elements of my cultural identity, and well as aspects of my relationship with my mother have changed. Майка consists a series of self-portraits where I embody my mother, accompanied by a sound piece.

The self-portraits aim to create a domestic atmosphere, a sense of home and belonging, referencing details of my Bulgarian cultural background. They were photographed during two trips to Bulgaria, while I was studying in England. I chose to dress as my mother for she is my strongest connection to home. The title Майка also references Bulgarian revolutionary literature, where the mother is used as a symbol of the homeland.

The sound piece is a juxtaposition of recordings created in Bulgaria, working in collaboration with my mother. The sounds are diverse but all are connected to my family and everyday life in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian language is crucial to the soundtrack as it is an important part of my cultural identity, and it is a language I rarely hear in my current country of residence - something many migrants can relate to. Although the work is autobiographical, it aims to resonate with the wider issues of migration, family and place.

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