With the Name of a Flower (Photo Fringe 2020)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


With the Name of a Flower
Vera Hadzhiyska

With the Name of a Flower is a multi-disciplinary project which investigates the forced name changes of the Muslim population in Bulgaria (from Arabic names to state-approved Slavic ones) in the period 1912 – 1989. These events are considered from a family and personal viewpoint, examining the memories of people directly affected by the change of names, and their descendants.

Name changing goes deeper than giving up one’s birth name. In a society where being Muslim conflicted with the State’s distorted idea of Bulgarian national identity, bearing a Muslim name had become undesirable. For many Bulgarian Muslims the change of name came hand in hand with repressing their religious identity. This led to a subsequent generation, whose heritage was robbed by social and political intervention in the family narrative. I am interested in the effects these historical events continue to have on the cultural, religious and national identity of the Muslim communities in Bulgaria and their collective memory.

The exhibition showcases new work.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2020
EventPhoto Fringe 2020 - Online
Duration: 3 Oct 202031 Oct 2020


  • Photography
  • Exhibition
  • festival

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