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He breaks he cuts he spills

Artist: Nikola Mihov

Publisher: Janet 45

He breaks, He cuts, He spills features archive photos of Todor Jivkov from the period 1968-1988.

The images, taken between 1968 and 1988, are from the archives of BTA, the official press agency of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria. They are sequenced in the book into the three actions: breaking bread, cutting ribbons, pouring water, in no chronological order, and taken out of the propaganda context for which they were originally created. This accumulation, where we see the leader flanked by officials and first-rank foreign heads of state (Honecker, Gaddafi, Gorbachev, Indira Gandhi, Ceausescu), is punctuated by quotes from Boyko Borissov, at the time his bodyguard, who will himself become Prime Minister on numerous occasions from 2009 until the spring of 2021. Nikola Mihov emphasizes the banality of political symbolism through the monotonous repetition of the leader’s actions. Rituals are passed down through generations of Bulgarian politics, Boyko Borisov’s quotes condense Todor Zhivkov’s actions.

Publication date:2021
Number of pages: 112 pages
Weight: 350 g.
Dimensions: 16 × 21 cm
Language:English / Bulgarian
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