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The Bulgarian nationalists and my feeling of shame were the reason for going to Strandzha mountain by the EU border, but later on while I was working on the topic, I was totally overwhelmed by the life and the people in this border area. I believe that nationalist organizations around the world were sufficiently "advertised" by letting them talk about their ideology, and I do not think freedom of speech means giving criminals a chance to share their views. So I concentrated more on the question of what creates the nationalism and the border area by Strandzha became the case study. I try through this book also to introduce to people the problems that are on the agenda in this region in particular, and as a whole, what happens in this area by the border mirrors the situation all over Europe right now. I am interested also how the problems in this part of Europe differ, given the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria and the communism.
Photographs (my own are combined with archival and appropriated images), drawings (also photographs copied with carbon paper) and text (mostly from the conversations with the local people, translated in English in the index) complement each other. The text combined with images does not explain them but adds a new layer. The narrative in the book develops at different levels - history, identity, political ideologies, propaganda, traditions, religion, the role of man and woman in society, the theme of sacrifice at religious level implies that in politics, etc.
My approach to the subject of this work is entirely subjective, it is not a documentary project, and it only presents my "truth". I hoped to find the nuances with this book when introducing the problem with nationalism in this area in Europe.
Why I am making such a work? This is part of my life. I cannot keep myself blind for how certain issues in politics are interpreted, which I often also take as an offense against my personality. By making my visual work I articulate my opinion. It is my way to take a position, attempting to understand actions by governments that act in the name of their people.