Process (Blog)

Updating this blog was discontinued in 2021. Since then we post snippets about our ongoing work on the Facebook page Duvarkolektiv and more frequently in the FB group “The Beauty We Share (from Stolipinovo)”. You are very welcome to join the FB group by contacting us.

Bearing fruit

Today, we conclude our last public event for the year. Exhibitions turned out very fruitful about contacts with new people who are interested in the topics and needs we are preoccupied with. Unfortunately, the gallery guys didn’t want us to be in their way and we couldn’t really meet our visitors but on Friday I […]

Allah razı olsun

Here is the 4th volume of Duvarmuzei – a new addition to the Plovdiv exhibition which you didn’t have the opportunity to see in Sofia. Last evening we were setting up the poster-monuments “Allah razı olsun” at five sites in the neighborhood, with the help of a number of friends. These are memorials for the […]

Cleaning Agency

The exhibition in Sofia is a sort of retrospective, but we are showing also entirely new work from just this month! One example is the intervention Duvarmuseum Vol. 3: “Stolipinovo Cleaning Agency”. Can you guess what is it about? And here is the answer to the orange puzzle from two weeks ago: an attempt to […]

Guest lecture

At the street by Goethe-Institut Sofia yesterday, I tortured quite deeply interested in our work students of Cultural Studies and master students in Cultural Anthropology. Appreciation to their professor, Velislava Petrova, who invited them to see our exhibition. To one of their questions I answered: Yes, I do hope that anthropology could not only take […]

Big exhibition

On the 29th, Tuesday, we open our first exhibition in Sofia, invited by Goethe-Institut Bulgarien! You are welcome from 17:30 on and do bring your masks. There will be no speeches this time but we will be around and available for a chat (and later for a drink). We will show something from all our […]

Participatory indeed

Dear friends, We are looking for how to name the initiative of next year. This time we decided that Duvar Kolektiv should recede to the background and leading authors should be a group of men from Stolipinovo. We saw those guys grow as community figures in front of our eyes during this year of lockdown […]

Little online shop

Our humble online shop has been launched! Be the first to buy something from “Fashion House Karashik”, and plant the seeds for it to flourish. All items are made by people in Stolipinovo. 

Invitation in Turkish

With lots of sweat and effort Yanka and me, with the help of B., managed to compose an invitation in Turkish for the opening of our exhibition tomorrow, Duvarmuzei Vol.1: “Hand-made”. We made it in the local dialect, milletçi, so Yanka’s fellow neighbours can easily understand it. It was a complex process! I was explaining […]

The first video reportage!

Vol. 3 of Duvarmuzei will consist of video pieces of reporting from the neighbourhood, which we are making collaboratively with Filibeliler and other local volunteers. The video clips will showcase neighbourhood discussions that are important for residents. Duvar Kolektiv would be supporting with the technical production: esp. editing, the final directing and then the communication. […]

Smileys on the holiday

Dear friends, salutations with the Bulgarian holiday of Letters and Enlightenment (St. Cyril and Methodius)! For Duvar Kolektiv this is also a special holiday of ours since we’ve made it our job to open cracks through the thick shadowy walls (duvars) erected by our society and to let through the light of knowing one’s fellow! […]

Stolipinovo and COVID19

We had just began our activities in Stolipinovo when the state of emergency began, and now we all have to be at home. We are considering how to implement part of our artistic process and exhibitions this year in a digital manner, yet still jointly and compassionately. Meanwhile you can learn about the current struggles […]

Summer memory

A summer memory from a dear friend’s wedding in Stolipinovo! The most impressive singer I’ve heard live – Naska of Asenovgrad. Beauty is everywhere.

Visiting Stolipinovo

Exhibition or not, we kept seeing our partners in Stolipinovo. Despite the rain, the mud and the dark we locked the doors at six and dashed for there!

We do not like “integration”

A couple of the visitors to the exhibition were asking us what was happening with minority “integration” in Stolipinovo, or how we were “integrating” the children from the neighbourhood through our project. We do not like this word, because it depreciates the life and experience of people that are, in fact, living, feeling, creating, suffering, […]

Horses

One of the new books after September is about the love towards horses in Stolipinovo. Here is one of the passionate breeders and his royal pedigree stallion.

Opening day!

On the opening several of our co-authors from Stolipinovo were present – the two families with which we have worked for the longest time. They came with great pleasure to “the Tcharshi”, an old word for the Muslim city’s market centre. While the men felt a bit uneasy in a crowd they are not used […]

Getting famous! 😉

We got a wonderful journalist to do an interview with us (in Bulgarian)! She had also visited the community we are working with, and wrote this additional commentary on her FB wall. We reprint it and love it…

New Prints

New prints of designs we have co made with Y., A., F. and Tch. Printed onto cotton and sewn into little bags… the designs are drawn by the participants, altered by me, (mostly adding colour) and printed. The design of the bags is by a local craftswoman who cut me a template of the bags […]

Cinema!

Thanks to a spontaneous partnership with our new Slovenian friends, #momocinema (SAGAR Kolektiv), travelling and showing films on the way with their cinema van, we had one unforgettable evening with animations in Stolipinovo. And the Bulgarian classic ‘The Three Fools’ will travel further to villages in Turkey and Iran!  

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