With the Name of a Flower
Solo exhibition by Vera Hadzhiyska
Private view: 3rd Sept
Open: 4th - 7th Sept 2019
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 exploring the forced name changes of Bulgarian Muslims taking into consideration the past and present historical and political context. The exhibition is a culmination of Vera's MA Photography degree at the University of Portsmouth.
Vera is interested in how these historical events have affected the cultural, religious and national identity of people who experienced them and their descendants. How memories have been preserved or purposefully omitted from family narratives, resulting in a shift of identity and sense of belonging of the younger generations.
The exhibition will showcase new work by the artist including a multi-channel sound installation, performative video installations, self-portraits from the series "Vera", archival documents and more.
About the artist
Vera Hadzhiyska is a Bulgarian multi-disciplinary artist based in England. She works with photography, audio and video installations. Vera’s work explores past and present historic and political events in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
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 in March 2019. She was selected by Photograd as one of the 10 highly commended MA graduates of 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.
Tuesday 3rd September 2019
6 - 9 pm
Wed 4th - Sat 7th September 2019
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 Workshop with Kye Wilson
Wednesday 4th September, 11 am - 5 pm
Award-winning visual artist and filmmaker Kye Wilson will introduce his practice and provide an overview of applying for Arts Council Project Grant. He will screen examples of projects that have been awarded Arts Council England funding. The talk will be followed by a peer to peer feedback session where each participant can present their work in progress to the group and receive feedback.
Peer to Peer Feedback Workshop with Natasha Caruana
Thursday 5th September, 11 am - 5 pm
World-renowned artist and educator Natasha Caruana will introduce her practice, and focus on the topic of artist communities and the importance of peer support in the art world. Caruana will give advice on marketing and creating a strategy to develop your projects and professional practice. The talk will be followed by a peer to peer feedback session where each participant will have the opportunity to present their work in progress to the group and receive feedback.
Shifting Borders: Artist workshop with Revolv Collective
Friday 6th September, 4 pm - 6 pm
A fast-paced collaborative workshop co-led by Revolv Collective (Lucas Gabellini-Fava and Victoria Doyle) and Vera Hadzhiyska. The workshop invites participants to question the notions of shifting borders and their effects geographically, politically, historically and within the photographic medium.
Exhibition tours with Vera Hadzhiyska
Saturday 7th September, at 12 pm & 2 pm
Visitors will have the opportunity to join a guided tour of the exhibition with the artist and find out more about the work.
Free admission, no booking.
Four Corners Gallery
121 Roman Road
Nearest underground station Bethnal Green (5 min walk).