VIII. Dessi

In 2011, Dessi was the only child living in Bela Rechka, and one of three people under the age of sixty. The other two were her parents, probably in their thirties. The schools in Gorna and Dolna Bela Rechka had long been closed. Dessi had to go to school in Varshets, about half-an-hour drive away. I met her as she was hanging out with Antina during her installation. As Antina’s work included a map of the village, marked with stories of many of the houses, Dessi told us what she knew about the village and its people. Everybody knew Dessi. As the only child, people paid special attention to include her in different ways in the festival.

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