I am a queer Bulgarian artist and when presented with the opportunity to have a sketchbook accessible to so many people, I simply knew I had to dig deep into my experience.
The sketchbook is full of a tight weave between queerness and what I've been raised to know as quintessentially Bulgarian. It has our folklore and our aesthetic. It often dabbles in the mythical and arcane. But it also holds the portraits of real-life Bulgarians who fall under the LGBT+ label.
It was important to wed past and present, queer and Bulgarian. This little book contains many of my frustrations, grief, anger and gay joy, and it shows a very vulnerable side as I am not used to drawing traditionally.
I hope I was able to send a little piece of my country overseas <3
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