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Haralampi G. Oroschakoff

Galerie Hohenthal und Bergen

Although the 20th century could be called the century of refugees, the century in which those who lost their own culture were forced to adopt another, these refugees have left few traces of their struggles, their failures, and their doubts in the visual arts. While literature has relied heavily on such experiences, the visual arts seem to have been little touched by this question, except in recent years.

Today many artists attempt to locate their cultural origins and identity. Haralampi G. Oroschakoff has been on this quest for more than ten years. He was born in Bulgaria to a Russian family, and moved to Vienna to study art. Because he grew up in a Byzantine culture of Eastern Orthodox origin, he had to forge a new identity for himself when he immigrated to Western Europe.

This exhibition documented Oroschakoff’s struggle for his own identity, which was not without painful separation or

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