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Artist of the Week – Klio Karadim

January 26, 2015 by dessi ·

Interview with the painter Klio Karadim by Dessislava Berndt
Translated from German by Dessislava Berndt, Proofreading: Simon Pavlov


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Klio Karadim, Photo: private

Klio, how did you get into painting?

In the 80’s in Bulgaria you had to choose your further school after the 7th school year. I didn’t want to become a secretary in an office. My mother was a photographer, my aunt was a sculptor and my uncle was a painter. So, I wanted to do something related to art and maybe even become an artist. Therefore, I applied for the school of applied arts in Sofia, Textile Faculty.

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The gallery in Nikolai district , Photos: desenze

After my higher education entrance qualification I painted and sold my pictures on the streets along the Black Sea.

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The gallery in Nikolai district, Photo: Klio Karadim

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Accordion Lesson

January 13, 2015 by Velina · 1 comment

Alice Jennings


Photo: Roberto Cacho Toca

They slip into the front seat of the station
wagon. This is their time together, each
week. He backs down the driveway, lights
up and inhales the smoke as she recites
the day: the long mass, recess, those stupid boys.
They stop at the midtown storefront. She yanks
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What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Artist of the Week – Adam Ben Ezra

January 5, 2015 by tsvetelina_mareva ·

Tsvetelina Mareva`s interview with the double bassist

and composer Adam Ben Ezra

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Photo: Danielle Jadlyn

Mr. Ezra, would you tell us more about your creative path? Why have you chosen the double bass?

My creative path began when I was very young, when I was 5 I started to play the violin. After a few years of classical training I started to listen to more modern music like pop and rock. This led me to start playing the guitar and later on to play the electric bass. During all this time I was playing the piano too.
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Meet The Photographer Elena Shumilova

December 2, 2014 by tsvetelina_mareva ·

Translated from Bulgarian by Tsvetelina Mareva

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Elena Shumilova has captured the attention of the world with her endearing and ethereal photos of her children and farm animals in the countryside. She has been featured on media worldwide, from Huffington Post to ABC News to Reddit and beyond.  It’s immediately obvious that Elena’s portfolio is far more than a collection of family snaps – this is her art and no matter how circumstantial the scene that she focuses her lens on, the process doesn’t start or end at the press of the shutter. It’s clear that a lot of planning, time, love and effort goes into the creation of each image.

“After graduating from the university I spent several years working as an architect and designer. My passion for photography manifested in early 2012 when I got my first DSLR camera. Soon after – in the summer – I upgraded to Cannon 5dmark2 with 50mm lens. I’ve been shooting every day and processing the images at nights. By autumn I felt I found my own way of approaching photography. At the end of winter 2013 I got a new lens – 135 mm – which immediately became my favorite one.

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Meet a Bulgarian Poet: Petja Heinrich

November 24, 2014 by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer · 4 comments

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Katerina Stoykova-Klemer interviewed poet Petja Heinrich for The Season of Delicate Hunger: Anthology of Contemporary Bulgarian Poetry. Here is her translation of that conversation.

What would you like for the American readers to know about Bulgarian poetry?

Manyfaced, fragile, resilient. Nurtured with sea, bread and sun. Often thoughtful and nostalgic. Friendly, human, sometimes particularly brightly experimental, nicely untidy. Is it truly like this? I’m not sure.

What would you like for the American readers to know about you personally?

Poet. That’s enough. Here is more: I live in Germany, but I was born in Bulgaria. I’m often told that my poems are influenced by another culture, that they’re not entirely Bulgarian. But I write in Bulgarian, because this is the language that gives me great power. For me it is distinct from day-to-day use and has turned into a language only for poetry. Read on →

Artist of the Week – Beatrix Giouras

September 22, 2014 by dessi · 2 comments

Interview with the German designer Beatrix Giouras by Dessislava Berndt
Translated from German by Dessislava Berndt, Proofreading: Simon Pavlov

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Who or what is „Zauberwaeldchen“?

A few years ago, I formed a dragon with modeling clay. Dragons live in mystical places and are surrounded by strange creatures and plants, in magical forests, where wishes come true. That, is how the name “Zauberwaeldchen“ was born.

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Artist of the Week – VeiveCura

September 8, 2014 by dessi ·

Interview with Davide Iacono, musician and founder of VeiveCura by Dessislava Berndt

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VeiveCura, Photo by Chiara Incarbone

Davide, how did you get into music?

I’ve been connected with music since I was in my mother’s womb. She was studying piano for her last exam before graduation.

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Open Doors. Open Minds.

July 8, 2014 by dessi ·

Today we would like to present to your attention the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding in Dubai. Our questions were kindly answered by Mr. Nasif Kayed, Managing Director of the SMCCU.

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Artist of the Week – DiegoKoi

June 2, 2014 by Natalie · 2 comments

Tsvetelina Mareva`s interview with the painter Diego Fazio – DiegoKoi

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Diego Fazio – DiegoKoi, was born in 1989 in the Italian town of Lamezia Terme, Calabria. He started painting as a self-taught artist and in a very short time developed an accurate and precise technique. Initially he created designs for tattoos in Asian style “carp koi”, from where he took the idea for his artist nickname.
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Meet a Bulgarian Poet: Yordan Efftimov

June 2, 2014 by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer · 17 comments

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Katerina Stoykova-Klemer interviewed poet Yordan Efftimov for The Season of Delicate Hunger: Anthology of Contemporary Bulgarian Poetry. Here is her translation of that conversation.

What would you like for the American readers to know about Bulgarian poetry?

Even though The Season of Delicate Hunger is an anthology, collected on the basis of language and nationality—it contains poems originally written in Bulgarian and by Bulgarians—there is hardly anything in it that apparently melds all the poems together. If someone feels that there is, he must be certain that this is a figment of his imagination. His own illusion. Therefore I’d be happy if the American reader finds a Bulgarian author worthy of his own list of favorite authors. That would be an act of free will (unless he has a wife or a husband who is Bulgarian—then there is no opportunity for free choice). That would be enough—the possibility of seeing a masterpiece in unfamiliar literature. I also say that because in Harold Bloom’s long list of great books, The Western Canon, there is not a single Bulgarian one—proof that Bulgarian poetry is among the uncharted territories for the American audience. Read on →

Meet a Bulgarian Poet: Emanuil Vidinski

May 5, 2014 by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer ·

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Katerina Stoykova-Klemer interviewed poet Emanuil Vidinski for The Season of Delicate Hunger: Anthology of Contemporary Bulgarian Poetry. Here is her translation of that conversation.

What would you like for the American readers to know about Bulgarian poetry?

That a person’s problems are universal, but have a local flavor; that the world is a collective place, which we inhabit together, and everywhere poetry is the language of intimacy.

What would you like for the American readers to know about you personally?

I seek poetry in music and music in poetry, and when I write, I do it because I cannot not do it.

Is there an American poet who has influenced you or has made a an impression on you? How do you interact with American poetry?

I like Sylvia Plath, Ezra Pound, some of Bukowski’s work, as well as Allen Ginsberg. A number of American prose writers have influenced my poetry – Cheever, Carver, Fitzgerald, Salinger. Read on →

The Mudslide

April 30, 2014 by Donal Mahoney ·

Donal Mahoney


Photo: krokodil.nana

Oso, Washington 2014

Under the mud he can hear the men
digging and cursing but they
can’t hear him scream.

The mud won’t let him scream.
He was out for a walk when the mud
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