Belgian artist Marie-Chantal Biela certainly has a lot to show for the four years she has spent in Bulgaria, and she collects all of it in her exhibition The Bulgarian Years. The summation of four solo exhibitions in the period 2010-2012, The Bulgarian Years includes all the techniques that Biela has experimented with: lithography, pastels, watercolours, and even iconography, picked up from the canonic style of representation typical of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Her works have already been exhibited in Sofia (Mouvance, 2010; Flower Power, 2011/2012), Shiroka Laka (Mouvance), Plovdiv (Mouvance et suspension, 2011) and Sozopol (Soleil, 2011). Biela is an artist always in motion, exploring in new directions, and her latest experiments on the borderline of abstract and figurative art will be first shown in The Bulgarian Years.
70 years ago, on 10 March 1943, Bulgaria's pro-Nazi government decided to defy Berlin and halt the deportation of Bulgaria's 50.000 Jews. This was down to the actions of one man - Dimitar Peshev. Just two years later he faced Communist justice and found himself on trial for his life. His niece Kaluda Kiradjieva remembers