1989 – MAPPING THE NORTHWEST (2009)

The project tracks changes in four Bulgarian cities in the 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The center is the young people who were not born in 1989.

The process of searching for tracking and changes occurs in the personal stories of parents, grandparents and neighbors. In a personal study of what has happened, what is happening somewhat to the unspeakable changes. – the home, the street, the school, the monuments that keep observing the personal stories and the history of everyday life and turning them into open museums.

The methodology of working with students in higher education in four schools in northwestern Bulgaria – Vidin, Vratsa, Montana and Varshets is based on the combination of three factors. The first is the creative approach – active use of the language of the art provides an environment in which young people and their parents feel protected. The second – dealing with personal history and everyday life – enables young people to experience the history of their families and find themselves and their city in the “big” story. The third – the modern means of expression – cameras, computers, graffiti that young people use to mark their cities translate the “boring” historical matter into their own comprehensible language.

For the pedagogical part of the project – 1989 – Places of Memory in the Northwest – Teaching History and Applied Theater, with authors Mariana Assenova and Chris Baldwin, see here. (The project is funded by the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE Trust).

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