The exhibition „Invaluable objects" presents a series of still life portraits of Bulgarian women, murdered by their partners

The aforementioned personal belongings are to be destroyed as items of no value.”

This legal formulation concludes the court documents of dozens of women killed in situations of domestic violence in Bulgaria every year. When a life has been cut short, what is left behind?

The exhibition „Вещи безценност“ (Invaluable objects) is part of a project of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee - in partnership with Alliance for Protection against Gender-Based Violence - against gender-based violence and it will open at the beginning of October.

It presents a series of still life portraits of Bulgarian women, murdered by their partners, through intimate photographs of their personal belongings.

While each of these tragedies was covered in the media through the prism of sensation and violence, these portraits aim to connect us to each woman as a person living in her reality, using the objects as a key. A tool of trade, a half-read book, a whimsical keychain, a favourite shade of lipstick. Items as unique as they are universal, they create a bond of recognition and contemplation in a gentle mourning for the people we have lost.