“Outcast Europe” presents an exhibition of personal items, offered by residents of six European countries – Greece, Bulgaria, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Czech and Hungary. The items carry the personal experiences of their owners and at the same time contain the impact of migration experience in the group conscience of the respective countries, and therefore of Europe.
Traditional Shoes i
.Irina Ilieva - Project Manager, lived in Austria I bought these Rhodope’s authentic shoes back in 2015 and proudly presented them to my Austrian friends in Vienna who always found them very interesting. The truth is I had never been to the Rhodope (a mountain in Bulgaria) before I moved abroad and I first traveled there with my Czech boyfriend who I met in China. This was his first time he visited the country and my first time in the mountain. Here is our magnificent memory.
The Ship of Allah i
.This is a picture drawn by Boualem Lafer, an Algerian from the town Blida, an architect, an artist and a poet. He drew this in a small kitchen in Sofia – the city where he found a short refuge in his long wandering. Boualem grew up during the Algerian War of Independence which lasted until 1962. He speaks French and knows the culture of France but he is also familiar with its other face – a metropolitan state that would not give up on its colonies without plenty of blood and atrocities. Boualem joined the ranks of the Communist party when he was 19 and became a political prisoner. Later he managed to leave the country illegally and spent some years living in Italy and France. Boualem also spent some years in Bulgaria where two of his children were born. He looked for jobs unsuccessfully, started speaking Bulgarian, fell in love with the Rhodope mountain. During the evenings he would feel terribly homesick, cooking Algerian meals and drawing his memories. This ship with the eyes of Allah also has Allah’s name drawn on the picture with traditional Arabic calligraphy. The Ship of Allah is a picture telling the story about traveling down a road with no end in sight…
Bulgarian Traditional Uniform i
."Viliyana Tsekova’s authentic Bulgarian uniform which she wore during a choir concert she gave in London.Vilyana Tsekova - Therapist living in London since 2010 I missed Bulgaria and my personal connection with the homeland, so in 2015 I decided to join the London Bulgarian Choir. The choir consists mostly of foreigners and just about 1/3 of the members are actually Bulgarians. Singing Bulgarian songs abroad happened to be a magnificent feeling. This is the traditional dress which I wore at one of my most memorable performances with the choir. Just imagine the mix between folklore songs, classical music, jazz, Balkan rhythms – all in one! I embrace the idea that foreigners could sing Bulgarian songs, love and spread our culture. At the same time, all of us living abroad could embrace and respect their traditions. This is my vision for human fulfilment and continuity that we learn after we leave our birthplace." This item traveled from Sofia, to London, to Sofia and finally to Athens, to be exhibited in OE's final International Exhibition.
Motorbikes poster i
Dilyana M.This poster of a Honda Motorbike from the late 80s was first brought from Germany and Dilyana’s grandmother to her father in Bulgaria. More than twenty years later the poster is back in Berlin hanging on the wall in Dilyana’s apartment and reminding her of home.
Garden scissors i
.Elitsa Krasteva - Business owner living in the Netherlands since 2008 "I left Bulgaria back in 2008 following my heart and love. I met a man on the Internet and for me the only right thing to do back then was to be with him. I left everything I had in Bulgaria – my home, friends, job – and both me and my kid moved to the Netherlands. Our love fell apart a long time ago but I had already decided that my life will continue here and I did not wish to come back. I saw a possibility to fulfil my dream of having my own business and doing my favorite thing – gardening. This is why I invested into this gardening scissors that I bought from a local website. For me, it became a symbol of my fulfilled dream".