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PHOTOGRAPHING IN UNFAVOURABLE CONDITIONS (2022)


                site-speicific installation


Photographing in unfavourable conditions is a multi-media installation that re-appropriates archives of Bulgaria's State Security agency. The films and documents employed were created for educational and training purposes for the Ministry of the Interior and the Militia (1946-1989). Through this visual investigation, I assemble a space in which to question the agency and authority of photography produced by the State.

The materials deal with the production of “the objective photograph” - such taken in unfavourable conditions, from secret locations, during an interrogation or an arrest. Such a photograph is produced, in the words of State Security, by complying with technical instructions, and employing specific camera settings, regulations and procedures. If followed thoroughly, the photograph not only attains objectivity but also takes on an evidentiary quality — capable of narrating events beyond itself.

 Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2022


Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2022


Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2022


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