Krasimira Butseva - Slices of Red
Krasimira Butseva's work utilises photography, video and text. It explores the notions of personal and social memory in relation to representations of culture, politics, migration and identity.
"With the use of vernacular photography and family narratives I illustrate the commonality of experience, behaviour and belonging. The stories recounted from first person’s point of view obliterate the individual to create a collective narrative and reference the ideologies of Eastern European communism. The work questions the photograph usually regarded as a document of the real in relation to the notions of indexicality. The constructivist design creates a contrast between the movement’s ideology and the concept of the project, allowing the truth to slip out through the slices."
F&A: Did you study at university? If so, where?
KB: In September 2016 I started studying MA Photography at the University of Portsmouth, which I am currently undertaking and finishing in September this year. I also studied BA (Hons) Photography at the University of Portsmouth and graduated in July 2016.
F&A: Are you a full time artist or do you have another job too?
KB: I am a full-time masters student / artist, as well as a part-time commercial photographer, working on commissions.
F&A: What is creativity to you?
KB: I think that creativity is when you risk, experiment, sacrifice, try a million times, give up and then have the guts to still continue and finally push yourself beyond your own boundaries. I think that it happens after many days of researching and wandering around, felling as if there is no sense in any of your thoughts and then suddenly your vision clears and you see all of the pieces coming together as one. Creativity is when you see your own work with different eyes, being able to understand and reflect on it from another perspective.