An older woman in a jumper looks to the side of the camera

Vera Hadzhiyska: With the Name of a Flower

Bulgarian artist Vera Hadzhiyska is presenting her long-standing project With the Name of a Flower at Four Corners Gallery, London.

The solo exhibition explores the forced name changes of Bulgarian Muslims and their effects on people today.

It showcases new work including a multi-channel sound installation, video installations, self-portraits and archival documents.

The show is a culmination of Hadzhiyska’s MA Photography degree at the University of Portsmouth.

It is supported by the university’s Professional Practice Fund and contributions from fellow practitioners.

“My work questions how these historical events have affected the cultural, religious and national identity of the people who experienced them and their descendants,” said Hadzhiyska.

“I am interested in how memories have been preserved or purposefully omitted from family narratives, creating fractured family histories and resulting in a shift of identity and sense of belonging of the younger generation.”

A woman sits on the sofa in her pyjamas. From With the Name of a Flower by Vera Hadzhiyska
With the Name of a Flower © Vera Hadzhiyska

Free workshops

Alongside the exhibition, Hadzhiyska will run workshops with special guests to support and inspire emerging artists.

On Wednesday, September 4, she will host a Peer to Peer Feedback Workshop with Kye Wilson.

Award-winning visual artist and filmmaker Wilson will introduce his practice and provide an overview of applying for Arts Council Project Grant.

On Thursday, September 5, Hadzhiyska will host a Peer to Peer Feedback Workshop with Natasha Caruana.

World-renowned artist and educator Caruana will introduce her practice, and focus on the topic of artist communities and the importance of peer support.

She will give advice on marketing and creating a strategy to develop your projects and professional practice.

Both talks are followed by peer-to-peer feedback.

On Friday, September 6, Hadzhiyska will co-lead a collaborative workshop with Victoria Doyle and Lucas Gabellini-Fava from Revolv Collective.

Shifting Borders invites participants to question the notions of shifting borders and their effects geographically, politically, historically and within the photographic medium.

On Saturday, September 7, Hadzhiyska is hosting exhibition tours.

Visitors will have the opportunity to join a guided tour of the exhibition with the artists and find out more about the work.

The workshops are free of charge but bookable in advance. To book, visit www.verahadzhiyska.com

Promotional image for With the Name of a Flower by Vera Hadzhiyska

Vera Hadzhiyska

Vera Hadzhiyska is a Bulgarian multi-disciplinary artist based in England.

The study of migration, cultural and national identity, history and collective memory are central to her work.

She uses photography, audio and video installations, sculpture and the archive to interrogate past and present historical and political events in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe.

With the Name of a Flower, Four Corners Gallery, London, from Wednesday, September 4 to Saturday, September 7.

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