Yassen Grigorov is a Bulgarian-born, London-based photographic artist that works on analogue media. His works tend to focus on the unlikely and under-represented, often through a slow-paced, meditative approach to photography. Subtlety and absence are central to the semantics of Grigorov’s works, as images are often injected with culture-specific tropes that don’t immediately reveal themselves to the average viewer. In his recent works, the artist has taken to filling in some of those blanks through the addition of text.
Exemplary Home is a documentary work exploring the north-western part of rural Bulgaria. It aims to illustrate the effects of rapid urbanisation, progressive globalisation and corruption on the most vulnerable parts of Bulgarian society.
It engages with the surreal air of the province and its people through the viewpoint of a Bulgarian expatriate, returning to a landscape leaden with childhood memories. This moment led to the discovery of an intersection of narratives, spanning the periods of The Bulgarian Renaissance, through the Soviet and now Post-Soviet era. The commentary feels particularly relevant in today’s time, with the tide on globalisation turning towards increased disunion and protests against the government breaking out in the nation.