Balkan Mine | Solo Exhibition by Krasimira Butseva
‘‘Containing the past within my body and the visits of these spaces allowed for a connection to be made. Embedding memory and history, which never belonged to me. Diving into foreign and mother lands encapsulated.’’
Vernissage: 11th July 2019 19:00
On view: 11 - 14 July 2019
‘Balkan Mine’ is an extensive research of the shifting layers of history, memory and trauma related to the forced labour camps of the Bulgarian communist regime (1946-89) by photographer and researcher Krasimira Butseva (1994, BG).
In a multimedia installation including film, photography, sculpture and layers of sound, she is recreating her personal journey through the spaces where a dictatorship was once enforced at its hardest. This ongoing project starting in 2016 is Butseva’s collection of accounts of victims and a record of her own subconscious and fragmented experience of history as an outsider. By letting the spectator become part of the intimate narratives of both the survivors and the artist, she is able to construct an image of unseen historical events and formulate a bridge between past and present, thus referencing the unspoken trauma carried within a society and its future generations.
Krasimira has an MA & BA degrees in Photography from the University of Portsmouth, she has exhibited her work at Seen Fifteen Gallery, London (2019), Phoenix Gallery, Brighton Photo Fringe (2018), In motion / Prototype, Sofia, Bulgaria (2017), Four Corners Gallery, London (2017), Pingyao International Photography Festival, China (2016) and Uncertain States / Mile End Art Pavilion, London (2016).
Curated by Krasimira Butseva & Maya Hristova
The artist will be present at the opening.
The exhibition at EEP Berlin's Gallery will be accompanied by an artist talk and a workshop:
13th July | Saturday 5-6pm | Remembering whilst forgetting, In conversation Krasimira Butseva & Maya Hristova
14th July | Sunday, 4-6pm | Trauma & Ritual, Reading & Writing Group
As part of the workshop Krasimira Butseva will do a series of readings of texts which have influenced her works on show at Balkan mine. From excerpts of fictional stories to history books, artists texts and archival documents, this session will blur the lines between real and imagined allowing for the artist’s narrative to come across. The reading will also be followed by a writing exercise in relation to the themes discussed.
EEP Berlin’s Gallery
Liegnitzer Str. 34 | 10999 Berlin [Kreuzberg]
Wed-Sun 2pm - 6pm