Over 100 guests attended the opening of Frontiers: Photography from the American Southwest by Antony Georgieff on 6 March at Sredets Gallery in central Sofia. The exhibition is dedicated to the surreal, spectacular and otherworldly landscapes that define this part of the US, a location that is well known to outsiders from works of fiction and Hollywood movies yet remains largely unexplored.
The exhibition was organised with the support of the American Embassy in Sofia. Ambassador Eric Rubin opened the event, together with Amelia Gesheva, the deputy minister of culture. The guests included Bulgarian and American expats, representatives of the diplomatic community, artists and photographers, entrepreneurs, journalists, members of the NGO sector and others.
Frontiers: Photography from the American Southwest will travel around Bulgaria. Its next stop is in Varna, with opening at Varna City Art Gallery on 5 April.
Author Anthony Georgieff and US Ambassador Eric Rubin
Christina Lucas, manager of AIG-Bulgaria
Banker Levon Hampartsumyan
Deputy Minister of Culture Amelia Gesheva
Banker Nikolay Marev
Translator Mariana Melnishka
Vagabond Media staff
TV presenter Aleko Dyankov
Drake Weisert from the US Embassy
Boni Bonev of the Swiss-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce
Literary critic Svetlozar Zhelev
Radko Popov, formerly of the BBC World Service in London
Lawyer Aleksandar Kashumov and Gergana Zhuleva from the Access to Information Program NGO
Lenko Lenkov from the America for Bulgaria Foundation
Media expert Georgi Lozanov
Lynn Charles from the British Embassy
Israeli Ambassador Irit Lillian
Solomon Pasi, former foreign minister
Desi Taliokova, director of the America for Bulgaria Foundation
Maria Tyropoli from the Greek Embassy
Former Bulgarian National Television manager Sevda Shishmanova, journalist Yovo Nikolov and Koprinka Chervenkova, editor of K newspaper