Migration and Alienation

Updated: Nov 29, 2019

by Megan Daly

For Issue #3, Motherland, Denitsa Toshirova’s Cold Memories (2016) presents a crisp, cool remote landscape against interior portraits with a concealed head and face. In this series, Toshirova expresses her own experience of alienation as a result of migration, and finding her place in the space between leaving somewhere behind and settling somewhere new. Combining photographs of Balkan and Scottish landscapes, their visual similarity shortens the geographical distance between her hometown in Bulgaria to her new home in Edinburgh. Though at first glance the portraits and landscapes seem disparate, they both share a distinctive anonymity.

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