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April 20 - November 24, 2024


The Neighbours - Bulgaria National Pavilion at the 60. Art Biennale

Curator: Vasil Vladimirov

Commissioner: Nadezhda Dzhakova

Artists: Krasimira Butseva, Lilia Topouzova, Julian Chehirian

Open Wednesday to Monday, closed on Tuesdays

April 20 - September 30 : 11 AM - 7 PM

October 01 - November 24 : 10 AM - 6 PM

Sala Tiziano - Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, Fondamenta delle Zattere ai Gesuati, Dorsoduro 919 - Google maps link


Save the Date: May 24, Friday at 11:30 am

Join us at the Pavilion for the discussion titled "REMEMBERING & BEARING WITNESS IN LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS", in collaboration with Cà Foscari University

Read more at the dedicated page (link)

The Neighbours is an interactive multimedia installation that brings to light the silenced and faded memories of survivors of political violence during the Communist era in Bulgaria. The project was created by Krasimira Butseva, Lilia Topouzova and Julian Chehirian, and is the result of 20 years of historical and artistic research. Vasil Vladimirov is the project curator in the context of Bulgaria’s official participation in the 60th Venice Biennale.

The installation partially recreates the survivors’ homes in which the meetings and conversations with them unfolded. Staged within these private spaces are fragments from oral history interviews conducted by the artists, field recordings and videos from two former camp sites—Lovech and Belene.

These ethnographic and historical investigations trace both the lived experience of violence and the deep scars left by arrests and imprisonment. The project presents the consequences of the deliberate silencing of decades of state violence and the absence of memory in contemporary public consciousness. It forms a space in which one can bear witness to those people labelled as foreigners within Bulgaria’s borders, in direct response to Adriano Pedrosa’s call to analyse the theme of ‘Foreigners Everywhere’.

Courtesy Bulgaria Pavilion

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