RITUALS (2017)

moving image, performance
duration: 2:19’



In 1959 a gulag camp near Lovech was established and became infamous as of the primitive and brutal forms of terror which were employed by the guards. The interment of the inmates was accompanied by a lack of food, proliferating diseases and violent punishments.

The inmates at the camp were political prisoners - who opposed the communist system by telling political jokes, wearing Western clothes and being interested in the Western culture, attempting to flee the country etc.

Most of the archival documents regarding this specific camp were destroyed, and in addition the majority of inmates never received a verdict, case, sentence or documentation that they were ever interned.

In the moving image Rituals, I dig the ground of the site of the quarry camp Lovech, where the inmates often worked with bare hands or primitive tools.