Krasimira Butseva

Balkan Ours


The Russian revolution started with the idea of creating a ‘’better place’’ on Earth, instead the Soviet Utopia quickly shifted to the very opposite. Maintaining the state relied on suffering, striving and controlling through fear.

Balkan Ours explores the histories of the forced labour camps, People’s Court and other repressions which the people of Bulgaria experienced between the 1946 and 1989. Revisiting these places of terror permitted a study of the landscape, as well as meetings with survivors and relatives of the victims. The archival film created with the help of the Bulgarian Filmoteka adds another perspective over the communist era. The series depict my journey through these spaces and histories, juxtaposed with the collective denial of the human rights violations carried out during the totalitarian regime.
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