Traces

Ex-mured, Villefranche-sur-Mer 1
Transformation 25Transformation 23Transformation 18Transformation 17Transformation 16Transformation 15ResurrectionEx-mured, Villefranche-sur-Mer 1Ex-mured, Villefranche-sur-Mer 3Ex-mured, Nice 3Ex-mured, EzeEx-mured, Antib 1Ex-mured, Nice 4Ex-mured, Antib 2Ex-mured, Nice, night

 

Traces

2013-2014, digital photography, body movement, exposure: 5-30 sec, neutral density filter x10, camera zoom and tilt

 

The Traces sequence is inspired by a coincidence in my and my father's professional biography. When he was 28, my father, Georgi Karadjov, visited Cote d'Azure as a chief engineer on board SS Ocean Monarch - Varna. In 1968 SS Ocean Monarch docked at the port of Villefranche sur Mer for a major overhaul which took several months to perform. My father, who has never been a member of the Communist Party, had the rare good chance to travel in the free world. To this day he loves to tell stories about these four years of his life.

 

When I was 28 I was chosen to represent Bulgaria in the photography section of the 7th Jeux de la Francophonie, which in 2013 were hosted by Nice, France. My project at the event was entitled Еx-mured and showed a photographic interpretation of a process the opposite to immurement. In the span of ten days I visited many of the big ports in Cote d'Azure, from Saint Tropez to Menton. In the sections of the ports open to visitors I found walls, niches, arches and doorways which I interpreted as passageways. With the photographic means - long exposure, the relation between the frame and extra-frame space, and the narrative of the photographic sequence, I tried to show the acts of immurement and “ex-murement”. The movements of my own body within the frame constitute an attempt to present my own experience of the collective family unconscious and its manifestations which we traditionally accept as inherited by bloodline.