Pepa Hristova

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Pepa Hristova, is a Bulgarian photographer, born on April 25, 1977 in Sevlievo, Bulgaria. She has a degree in communication design with a specialization in photography from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and became a member of the Ostkreuz[1] photographic agency in Berlin in 2006. Hristova lives and works in Hamburg and Berlin.


Her photographic work is driven by her fascination with the fractured beauty of the east and her interest in social phenomena and archaic traditions, leading to an examination of the unknown, changing side of Europe. She focuses on the alienation of Muslims in orthodox Bulgaria, documents a centuries-old custom in North Albania with ‘Sworn Virgins’ or looks behind the closed doors of Bulgarian children’s homes. Hristova approaches her subjects with intuition and emotion and experiments with different genres and the ambiguity of photographic imagery. Snapshots combine with staged images and precise observations of situations, opening up an associative space, in which there is still scope for individual interpretations and points of contact.

Exhibitions (selected)[edit]

  • 2007
    • What is important / Strangers in Their Own Country, Heinrich Heine Institute, Paris
    • What is important / Strangers in Their Own Country, House of Photography / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
  • 2008
    • Strangers in Their Own Country Reiss–Engelhorh-Museum, Mannheim / Solo exhibition
    • Strangers in Their Own Country, Zephyr / Raum of Photography,
    • Stories from Bulgaria, KGaleria / Kamera Photo, Lisbon / Solo exhibition
    • Strangers in Their Own Country, C/O Berlin / Solo exhibition
    • Stories from Bulgaria, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz
    • Strangers in Their Own Country, Art.Space.Aleph, Photo Festival Athen / Solo exhibition
  • 2009
    • Visual Leader, House of Photography / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
    • Talents 2008, German Exchange Group, Frankfurt am Main
    • Young Academy 2008 / Sworn Virgins, Akademie of Arts / Pariser Platz, Berlin
    • Strangers in Their Own Country, Fotografevi Gallery Istanbul, Turkey
    • Sworn Virgins, International Photography Festival F/Stop, Leipzig
  • 2010
    • Everyday Ideologies, Art Museum Magdeburg
    • The City. Becoming and Decaying, Postfuhramt C/O Berlin
    • The City. Becoming and Decaying, Kunstfoyer Versicherungskammer Bavaria, Munich
  • 2011
    • The City. Becoming and Decaying, Lindenau Museum, Altenburg
  • 2012
  • 2013
    • On Borders / Labyrinth aus Glas German Hygiene Museum, Dresden
    • Sworn Virgins Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg / Solo exhibition
    • Stranger World Stadtmuseum Munich, FotoDoks[2]

Books and catalogues[edit]

  • Strangers in Their Own Country. Berlin: Talents 11, 2008[3]
  • 24 Stunden Berlin. Göttingen: Steidl, 2009[4]
  • The City. Becoming and decaying. Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2010
  • The Other Side. Heidelberg: Kehrer, 2012
  • State of the Art Photography. Düsseldorf: Richter & Fey, 2012
  • On Borders. Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2012[5]
  • Sworn Virgins. Heidelberg: Kehrer, 2013. ISBN 978-3-86828-347-1

Awards and grants[edit]


  1. ^ "OSTKREUZ Agentur der Fotografen GmbH". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  2. ^ "FotoDoks | Startseite 2013 EN". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  3. ^ "News - CO Berlin Amerika Haus". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  4. ^ "Home - Steidl Verlag". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  5. ^ "Home | Hatje Cantz". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Deichtorhallen Hamburg: Home". 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 

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