Nikola Mihov

  • Monument to the Soviet Army

    Burgas

  • Monument to the Soviet Army

    Burgas

  • Monument to the Soviet Army

    Sofia

  • Monument to the Soviet Army

    Sofia

  • Monument to the Resistance

    Vidin

  • Monument to the Resistance

    Vidin

  • Knoll of Fraternity Memorial Complex

    Plovdiv

  • Knoll of Fraternity Memorial Complex

    Plovdiv

  • Monument to the Three Generations

    Perushtitsa

  • Monument to the Three Generations

    Perushtitsa

  • Defenders of Stara Zagora Memorial Complex

    Stara Zagora

  • Banner of Peace Monument

    Sofia

  • Monument  to Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship

    Varna

  • Monument to Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship

    Varna

  • Monument to Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship

    Varna

  • Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party

    Buzludja

  • Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party

    Buzludja

  • Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party

    Buzludja

  • Monument to the Founders of the Bulgarian State

    Shumen

  • Monument to the Founders of the Bulgarian State

    Shumen

  • 1300 Years of Bulgaria Monument

    Sofia

  • 1300 Years of Bulgaria Monument

    Sofia

  • Pantheon of the Heroes of the Serbo-Bulgarian War

    Gurgulyat

  • Pantheon of the Heroes of the Serbo-Bulgarian War

    Gurgulyat

Forget Your Past

Forget Your Past, 2009 – 2012

The project Forget Your Past traces the fate of the most important communist-era monuments in Bulgaria. The title of the series is borrowed from graffiti writing over the entrance of the Bulgarian Communist Party Memorial  at Mount Buzludja that poignantly illustrates the fate of the communist-era monuments in Bulgaria. Constructed at enormous expense as expressions of national pride, today most of them are looted and neglected. Whether they commemorate the feats of the Soviet Army or the April Uprising against the Ottoman rule, they all share a common fate – to be silent symbols of the forgotten past.

After the political changes in 1989, a number of iconic communist-era monuments have been dismantled, but more than a hundred of them remained standing. Nevertheless, most of archives relevant to their history have been destroyed.   I began my research in 2009, travelling through the country, talking to people, interviewing sculptors and architects, digging through archives, and of course, taking photographs.