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09.11.2017 - 07.12.2017


Postcards to My Father is a personal project on the subject of death. On the subject of irreversible loss. On the emptiness the deceased leave behind. On the figure of the father, so disputable and irrefutable.

Postcards to My Father is the film reel of a journey that lasted several years. A scattering of cut-up frames from a pilgrimage into the realm of grief. An inside-out, outside-in journey. A project about the dull pain, about the memories and the abrupt awakening from the illusion that things would last forever. Death, even when expected, is always devastating. When it comes to take away a parent, it leaves us with all the unspoken words, all the unwritten letters, all the unshared vistas and the unuttered thoughts. Postcards to My Father is a project whereby I am trying to reach out to him, to my father, in the otherness of what lies beyond. An attempt to reconcile myself with him, to meet my loss and to smooth the edges of emptiness. An exhibition of photos intended for him. A last chance for words at a parting I was not ready for. While I was working on this project for over a year, I understood that I am not alone in this emptiness. Conversations with friends brought me to the port of a shared pain where we all come to moor when we lose a parent. That is why I decided not to limit the project to my personal grief but to give people a chance to participate in this kind of farewell.

Postcards to My Father is both a photographic exhibition and a space where people can send a message to their own fathers – in text, or drawing, an object or something else. A space open to grief, accepting of sorrow and the expression of anyone’s intimate pain. Postcards to My Father s a project about the end, about parting and releasing our memories. About saying farewell to our fathers, Vera Gotseva writes.

Well known as Lomovera, Vera Gotseva has a long experience with film cameras. She got hold of her first camera when she was three years old – a small Certo, a gift from her father. Her passion for photography remained hidden from the audience for a long time before, in 2006, she started shooting mostly with toy cameras and publishing her photos online. Her blog was quickly included into the top 10 Internet places for lomographic photography in the world. Little by little, Vera started experimenting with Polaroid and digital cameras. Today she is a well-known name with seven exhibitions behind her, one of was part of Barcelona Design Week – 2014. Some of her photos have been featured in Huffington Post, Der Spiegel, Granta, Dnevnik, Kapital, etc. In the last year and a half Vera Gotseva has become the face of Smartphone photography, organizing the first itinerant courses in mobile photography – photo weekends when she takes hers students to little-known places around Bulgaria. Apart from that, she works in the sphere of photo-therapy, photographic training in a corporate environment, and using photography as a means of exploring social problems and developing the creative thinking of any individual person. 

The exhibition is organized with the support of MINI Bulgaria