Family Portraits from Bela Rechka

Archival footage, talks and walks

My grandgrandmother Mina and my grandgrandfather Ivan in Gorna Bela Rechka, unknown date and photographer, family archive

“Family Portraits from Bela Rechka” is a research project I started 2018, together with my sister Galina, people from our family and people in the village. This project is a natural product of me long work since 2003 in Gorna Bela Rechka, first as a founder of the New Culture Foundation, and since 2020 as a researcher oy my own biography and the biography of my relatives in the village.

2021 I started writing and collecting observations from friends in Bulgaria and Germany on this particular photo and together with the artist Margarete Gebauer did a small performative art talk and ritual in the M.A.SH. Gallery in Remagen, Germany in March 2022.

“Family Portraits from Bela Rechka” continues as an open archive of old footage from the family life in the village that will include talks and workshops and other memory work projects.

Young familes, 20s of XX century, Gorna Bela Rechka
Wedding celebration in Gorna Bela Rechka, 70s, XX century, family archive
The wedding of Veneta Kostova in Gorna Bela Rechka, 60s, XX century, family archive

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