University: Southampton Solent University
Artist Statement: Giants above The Cherries is a metaphorical farewell to the town of Kyustendil, Bulgaria - my hometown and where I spent the first 19 years of my life. I touch upon my connection with the places and people, the scenery, and the pervading sense of abandonment. Woven into the work are narratives that explore specific issues associated with the place itself; the infrastructure, the youth, resources, culture, ethnic discrimination, and the transition from a socialist to a capitalist governing. Giants above The Cherries is partly a documentary and partly an exploration of my relationship with my birthplace, culture and family. Scattered among the pages of this book are messages from myself and my companions that express my relationship with this particular place, as well as my farewell to it.