Artist Talk: The Making of The Neighbours

The Artist Studio as a Transitory Archive or How to Visualize Silenced Histories?


18:00 - 19:30 Uhr


Universität Regensburg, Raum H26 (Vielberthgebäude)
Universitätsstraße 31, 93053 Regensburg



Informationen zur Barrierefreiheit: H26 ist ein ebenerdiger Hörsaal im zweiten Obergeschoss des Vielberth-Gebäudes, der über einen Aufzug erreicht werden kann.

Members of the artistic and academic team behind the Bulgarian Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale will be in Regensburg. They will offer a workshop on 6 May aimed at researchers and students, while on 7 May there will be a public talk open to all.

The sessions will be based on the long-term research and creative projects that have led to this installation piece, which explores working through the communist past in Bulgaria.

In the public talk on 7 May some members of the team, including the artists and researchers Krasimira Butseva, Lilia Topouzova and Julian Chehirian, as well as the clinical psychologist and philosopher Valentin Kalinov, will discuss their multimedia installation about how we remember, carry and forget trauma. The exhibition excavates the silenced and faded memories of survivors of state violence from Bulgaria’s socialist era (1945–1989). Their work is based on interviews, field recordings and videos from the two camp sites Lovech and Belene. Through this work, our collective hopes to contribute to an ongoing global dialogue on human rights, memory, and the necessity of confronting and acknowledging both past and present injustices. The discussion will be chaired by UR art historian Vera Beyer. No registration is required for this event.

This ScienceCampus event takes place in cooperation with: The Center for Commemorative Culture (Zentrum Erinnerungskultur), Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS Regensburg), and the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (GS OSES UR).

The Neighbours also offer a workshop on Monday, 6 May with the title „Breaking Silos, Building Bridges. Interdisciplinary Collaboration among Scholars, Artists, Curators, and Cultural Agencies for Amplifying Scholarship in the Public Sphere.“