I am very pleased that the Hate Hurts project was selected for the European Month of Photography 2018 in Bulgaria and shown at Sofia’s Red House of Culture and Debate.
Furthermore, in light of the Hate Hurts’ aims to expose the pressing issue of structural violence against refugees and asylum seekers and thus inherently critiques governance that leads to xenophobia and violence, the exhibition can be considered a bold move. The exhibition was curated by Nadezhda Pavlova, who is a leading photography curator in Bulgaria. She is also the leading coordinator for the Month of Photography. The curation emphasised the evidence provided by the photographs and their irrefutable truth.
The photographs were arranged in series, a wall with photographs showing evidence provided by mobile images, another by wounds, etc, accompanied by captions. The Hate Hurts project occupied the Nameless Hall in the Red House of Culture and Debate in Sofia. The Opening on the 11th June 2018 attracted a lot of people and I had the opportunity to discuss and engage with the public on the project.
On the day, I was interviewed by Nevena Pramatorova for the Bulgarian National Radio on the Hate Hurts project (Bulgarian/English). http://bnr.bg/hristobotev/post/100983616 And Photo Club live streamed an interview on the project and to the public in the gallery. More information on this years’ s programme: http://photoacademy.org/themonth/2018/hate-hurts/