Outside look, inside look
9 March, 2018
A photo by Boryana Katsarova from the refugee camp in South Sudan.
The 5th edition of the FotoFabrika Festival was kicked off with the opening of the Five Portraits exhibition at the National Art Gallery on 8 March, which showcases images created by five established Bulgarian names in contemporary photo journalism. Works by these Bulgarian photographers often find their way to the information exchange channels of global newswires like Reuters, Getty Images, Spiegel, AFP and others. The exhibition includes selected photos by Dimitar Dilkoff (1991 to present), Mladen Antonov's impressions of the Russian propaganda machine, Nikolay Doychinov's visual narrative about contemporary Bulgarian rituals, Yana Paskova's New York perspective on democracy, the communist regime, and their projection in time. The fifth piece of the puzzle is the documentary project of Boryana Katsarova, the only Bulgarian photojournalist who managed to get into the world's biggest refugee camp in South Sudan and create intimate and personal portraits of some of its inhabitants.
Another highlight in the 2018 FotoFabrika's programme is the exhibition 0 for Black, 1 for White by two Bulgarian artists with remarkable biographies - Nina Kovacheva and Valentin Stefanoff. It will be on display at the Sofia City Art Gallery from 5 June until 8 July and will combine video works and large-scale photographic images. Most of the series featured in the project will be shown for the first time in Bulgaria following stops in Linz, Vienna, Berlin, St Etienne, etc.
The festival also presents Yana Lozeva's third solo exhibition as a representative of the new wave in contemporary Bulgarian photography. Based on her series Come to Me, an exploration of human vulnerability and fragility, the display can be seen from 25 April until 19 May at UniCredit Studio.
Beyond its focus on Bulgarian authors, the 5th FotoFabrika Festival, which will continue until August, also presents projects by world-renowned names like Pierre Gonnord, an illustrious figure in contemporary photography, and Felix Nadar, one of the pioneers of portrait photography, and stories about dreams, people, countries and events told in photos, screenings of documentaries and the traditional PhotoMarathon competition for amateur photographers.