”The Silk Road” by Dimo Kalaydzhiev
From the 1st to the 12th of April the new American for Bulgaria Student Center will host its first photography exhibition organized by the AUBG alumna Silvia Prokopieva.
”The Silk Road” exhibit will showcase the photographs of Dimo Kalaydzhiev, a visionary artist who spent two months traveling by bike through twelve countries during the summer of 2010. His trip also extended to a couple of places in Central Asia.
Kalaydzhiev has traveled along more than 20,000 km from Sofia to Pamir and back ( hence the reference to ”The Silk Road”). Over a period of two months, the adventure took him through valleys, deserts and the mountains of Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgiztan, and Kazakhstan.
Prokopieva, a bike enthusiast and long-distance traveler herself (she has also traveled around the Black Sea and around Armenia), is organizing the exhibit and bringing some of her passion for traveling to AUBG.
“l heard we have a lot of students from Central Asian countries and I just thought that it will be a wonderful opportunity for all people to get to know each other better. After I saw Dimo’s photos, I felt really sorry I hadn’t spent more time getting to know my fellow AUBGers coming from various countries.”
Kalaydzhiev ‘s photographs have been exhibited at Art Center “Photosynthesis” in Sofia, and at the “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” National Library.
According to the organizers, the images “reveal the rough beauty of distant mountains and deserts, the thousand-year-old history of ancient cities and how the looks and smiles, the burdens and joys of people are but the same despite their different ethnic origin or religious background.”
Silvia Prokopieva graduated from AUBG in 2002 – with a double major in BUS and ECO; she currently holds a position of an economist in the Financial Stability Department of the Bulgarian National Bank.