With the Name of a Flower: Your Name

Vera Hadzhiyska

The exhibition showcases new work by Vera Hadzhiyska part of her long-term project “With the Name of a Flower” exploring the forced name-changes and repressions against the Muslim people in Bulgaria.

The new chapter of Vera's project, titled “Your Name” shares photographs and moving image, which were made during a trip to Bulgaria in September 2021 when Vera met with people from the Pomak and Turk communities.

This work, created with the support of the VID Foundation for Photography mentorship award, is the start of a deeper investigation into the sense of identity and belonging of Muslim people in Bulgaria and how the events of the past have affected their contemporary life and identity.

In 2021 Vera was awarded the "Developing Your Creative Practice" grant from the Arts Council England and is continuing her work on the topic expanding her socially engaged practice with the Muslim community at heart.

Artist biography

Vera Hadzhiyska is a Bulgarian multi-disciplinary artist and curator based in England. Her practice is informed by the study of migration, cultural and national identity, history and collective memory. She uses photography, performance, archival documents, audio and video installations to examine historical and political events in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe, their impact on people’s lives and identity.

Vera has been exhibited and published internationally. She is a winner of the VID Foundation of Photography mentorship award 2020 and a recipient of the ‘Developing Your Creative Practice’ Arts Council England Grant 2021.