With the Name of a Flower

MA Photography solo exhibition by Vera Hadzhiyska

Private view:  3rd Sept
Open:  4th - 7th Sept

Four Corners Gallery
121 Roman Road, Bethnal Green
London E2 0QN

About the exhibition

"With the Name of a Flower" is a solo exhibition by Bulgarian artist Vera Hadzhiyska. The exhibition is a culmination of Vera's MA Photography degree at the University of Portsmouth. It will showcase her long-standing work focused on Bulgarian history. 

Vera has been investigating the forced name changes of the Bulgarian Muslim population in Bulgaria (from Muslim to Slavic names) throughout a long period of time (1912-1989), taking into consideration the past and present historical and political context.

The exhibition will showcase new work by the artist including a multi-channel sound installation questioning the significance of the name in maintaining a sense of identity and self; the video installation "Against Evil" touching upon the religious aspects of Bulgarian traditions; self-portraits from the series "Vera" and more.

About the artist

Vera Hadzhiyska is a photographer, multi-disciplinary artist and aspiring curator based between Bulgaria and England.

Migrating from Bulgaria to England has been a great influence and inspiration for Vera’s practice. The study of migration, identity, history and collective memory is central to her work. It has led to the interrogation of personal and family narratives in connection to significant historical and political events in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. She is 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 Vera explores her cultural, national and religious heritage and history in order to make better sense of the world.

Vera has exhibited internationally in Bulgaria, Greece and the United Kingdom. She co-founded and curated Bohemian exhibition in 2016 – an open call exhibition with a residency award. Vera was part of Revolv Collective during their debut exhibition Archives as Medium in 2017 and exhibited at the arts and culture festival NIGHT/Plovdiv in Bulgaria in 2017. She was published in The Calvert Journal this March 2019. Since September 2018 she 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 artists. 

Preview night

Tuesday 3rd September

6 - 9 pm

Opening hours

Wed 4th - Sat 7th September

11 am - 6 pm


Alongside the exhibition there will be workshops for emerging and established artists available throughout the week. The entry is free but bookable in advance due to limited spaces. 

Peer to Peer Feedback group workshops 

Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th September 2019
Dates and Times to be confirmed! More information coming soon! 
More about the Peer to Peer Feedback group

Revolv Collective Workshop

Friday 6th September 2019
Dates and Times to be confirmed! More information coming soon! 
More about Revolv Collective


Four Corners Gallery

121 Roman Road
Bethnal Green
E2 0QN

Nearest underground station Bethnal Green (6 min walk)

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