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. Her latest series "With the Name of a Flower", investigates the forced name changes of the Bulgarian Muslim population in Bulgaria from 1912 until 1989, taking into consideration the past and present historical and political context.
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 is a culmination of Vera's MA Photography degree at the University of Portsmouth and will showcase new work by the artist including a multi-channel sound installation, video installations, self-portraits from the series "Vera" and more.
*There will be free workshops for artist happening during the week (bookable in advance). For more information visit www.verahadzhiyska.com