Listen to podcast: Kitchen Conversation with Hristina Tasheva, visual artist and photographer

Hristina Tasheva is a visual artist and photographer born in Varna, Bulgaria who has been based in The Netherlands since 2001. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam as well as the Academie of Art and Design St. Joost in Breda. Her visual practice examines the complex position of being an Eastern European migrant in Western Europe. 

Hristina’s initial interest in migration was developed from her long-lasting experience of being an unrecognised migrant living and working in the West. Through her journey of becoming an artist she also received the necessary status of a citizen. Since then, her work opposes the stigmatised image of migrants created by the main stream media and politicians, which presents them as uncivilised, useless and unproductive.

For Kitchen Conversations, I visited Hristina in her lovely home in Bodegraven, South Holland. In an episode divided into two parts, we discussed the concept of “Soviet idealism”, domestic labour and black markets. We also spoke about her three latest photo-books, all exploring the mental in-between space – an immaterial field influenced by time and geography created by two overlapping worlds: the one she came from and the one she created somewhere along the way.

Hristina’s newest project, “Far away from home: The voices, the body and the periphery” was sparked by a public event in The Netherlands, where someone from the audience called her a “cynical communist”. The long-term visual research examines Dutch communist history during WWII, while at the same time looking at the history of the Bulgarian Communist party after the War.

Throughout her entire body of work, from a very subjective and personal position, Hristina asks: “Is it possible to build identities based on similarities and not on differences? What is it like to be a human?


Insta: @hristina_tasheva


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About The Author


Artist and writer. Studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Critical Studies Department at the Sandberg Institute. Her ongoing research relates the post-Soviet countries. In 2020, she launched a podcast series called ‘Kitchen Conversations.’

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