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Grantee Yana Paskova and Boryana Katsarova Exhibit in Bulgaria’s National Gallery

Event Date:

March 8, 2018 - April 4, 2018
Children wearing the uniform of Communist youth are prepared to salute “Votó!” (“He voted!”), as a woman places her ballot in Cuba’s Elecciones Parciales (Partial Elections). The vote was to elect delegates to the Municipal Assemblies of People’s Power, the country’s unicameral parliament, on April 19, in Havana. The delegates function as district representatives for a two-and-a-half-year term. Image by Yana Paskova. Cuba, 2015.


Cuba in Flux

Cuban communism is in flux. Citizens own businesses and property; some are even allowed to protest...

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Bulgaria: For years, my grandfather refused to join the Communist Party, resulting in a five-year punishment in Bulgaria’s forced labor camps. He became politically outspoken for democracy after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent dissolution of the Communist government in Bulgaria. Cuba: A participant in a march organized by the wives and female relatives of imprisoned political dissidents rests by a tree in front of Santa Rita Church in Havana, Cuba, in 2015. This opposition group, Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White,) complains of regular beatings and detainment. In Catholic countries, Saint Rita is known as the patroness of impossible causes or of heartbroken women. Image by Yana Paskova. Cuba, 2015.

This month, from March 8 to April 4, Pulitzer Center grantee Yana Paskova and Boryana Katsarova's two portrait photographs will be exhibiting at Bulgaria's National Gallery in Sophia. Their works are among five Bulgarian photojournalists working abroad in this exhibition "ПЕТ ПОРТРЕТА."

Paskova is a freelance journalist currently residents in New York. In her project "Cuba in Flux", Paskova focuses on the intersection of democracy and communism in Havana, Mariel, and Miami. This photo (above) in the exhibition is inspired by Paskova's grandfather. 

Katsarova worked as a regular stringer-photographer for AFP in Bulgaria between 2007-2010. She later became a freelance photographer based in eastern Europe. Together with journalist Dimiter Kenarov, Katsarova's Pulitzer Center-supported projects "Ukraine: Crimea Under Siege" in 2015 follows Russia's takeover and Ukrainian revolution. 

To find more information about this exhibition, please visit the National Gallery site


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