From The Outside, In - A Study of Ruse #3

Maia Iotzova

2016, 05:41 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 1082.02

The Spirit of Ruse, moves, dream-like through the city, discovering the layers of time, the beauty and decay that weaves the city's history. The video examines a moment where past and present visions of a place might meet, and the potential destabilizing force of time.

Ruse, a city port situated on the Danube River, was the largest city in Bulgaria in the late 19th Century, reflected in its beautiful neoclassical architecture. The city was also known as “Little Vienna”. However in the 20th century river trade declined, and the country went through 45 years of a communist regime followed by a rocky transition to democracy. Today Ruse is faced with a hard economic and social situation. In the city you clearly see the effects of time, the way that past and present co-exist in a

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