“The Great Excursion” in London

October 11th, 2010

23rd October (Saturday)
The Critical Debate and launch
3:00PM- 4:30PM | FREE

To mark the opening of the installation at THIS IS NOT A GATEWAY FESTIVAL, Raycho Stanev, Sandra Hall (Friction Arts) and Rouzie Hassanova host a critical debate on race, nationality and cultural identity. What it is that makes us who we are; our DNA, our history, our upbringing? Come down and have your say.

Raycho Stanev’s installation will be at HANBURY HALL 22nd – 24th October (Friday – Saturday)

Raycho Stanev’s interactive installation contains memories of Bulgarian Turks, hundreds of thousands of whom were expelled from Bulgaria in 1989.

A shameful, hidden chapter of European history, almost unknown in the West, it is a reminder of what happens when DNA, rather than our shared humanity, is the focus of attention. Imagine everyone with Jamaican ancestry suddenly being sent from the UK back ‘home’ to Jamaica – a place where nobody knows you, where you have no connections, leaving behind the community in which you grew up.

The Great Excursion gives a fascinating and disturbing insight into what happens to a community when politics takes over from reality. Is it where you’re from, or where you’re at, that matters?
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October 11th, 2010

Илюстрация към разказа “Анелия” (или аз поне така го кръстих) от последната сбирка на “Лигата на разказвачите” :)