The Haemimont Foundation is pleased to share news of its sustained support of the book, Faraway Songs: Words and Images from the Rhodope, by the Bulgarian photographer, Margi Rousseva. This cultural preservation project was initiated by the author during time spent in the region’s mountain communities over the course of several summers and seasons.
Rousseva’s personal encounters and explorations led her along winding roads, deep forest trails, and ultimately into the lives and homes of local villagers to a create a dialogue of the most genuine kind. The subsequent documentation of the Rhodope’s vanishing communities is rooted in a complex social landscape that longs to bring us home again, regardless of our familiarity with or connection to this seemingly impenetrable corner of Bulgaria’s cultural and geographic history.
The revealing and often supernatural stories shared by the individuals profiled in Ms. Rousseva’s book serve as reminders that the rhythms of a slower and perhaps more introspective life has true resonance in our fast-paced world. Like the archaic dances and polyphonic music that Bulgaria’s choirs are internationally renowned for the faraway songs preserved and recorded herein serve as vital reminders of what it is like to be part of an ancient camp or epic moment. The stillness of these seemingly barren communities stirs our curiosity and holds a mirror up to the supposed ease of modern life, while the faces and stories themselves beg us to ask what knowledge, sense of comfort, and deeper insight resides in the mountainous outposts that have been forgotten but not silenced.
– Abigail Doan and Ludmil Pandeff, The Haemimont Foundation
Since the release of the book in 2014, the author has participated in solo exhibitions and storytelling presentations in the cities of Plovdiv, Sofia, and Varna, Bulgaria, as well as the Espace Culturel Bulgare in Paris, France. She is currently preparing an upcoming exhibition at the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London opening on 20 October, 2016. Announcements for future exhibition dates and readings are to come.
For more information on acquiring a copy of this publication, available in both Bulgarian and English, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.