With this historical, yet intimate handbound publication, Raya Boteva demonstrates how printed media can serve as an archive, an important channel for the diffusion of information, and an investigative tool. The publication focuses on the last years of the life of Dobry Bogdanoff, a family member of the author who left Bulgaria in 1906.
It features a small collection of letters written by Bogdanoff himself, several family photos, and the only information available on the Internet: data of the census in the United States and an obituary in the Chicago Tribune. The publication aims to restore the loss of kinship during the years of immigration and transition by looking for descendants, relatives, and people who knew Dobry and his family.
The project was created in 2014 for and dedicated to the Zines of the Zone mobile library, using it as its main platform for dissemination. A few years after its publication, a distant cousin of the author searching for his family tree and information about Dobry contacted the publisher – proving the effectiveness of the concept and, in a way, bringing the project to completion.
Technical details: format 210mm x 295mm – 10 pages – b/w digital print – 300 gr 100% recycled paper – 2nd edition of 30 copies – square size postcard – printed in Sofia
Concept & design: Raya Boteva (Raya Rayax)
Photos of the publication taken by PUK!