GenerationArt: Silviya Marinova

Research on trans and non-binary people and their labour market experience in Bulgaria
The study on the quality of life of trans and non-binary people in Bulgaria has started

Introducing Silvia Marinova: a Photographer

Silvia Marinova is a multimedia producer and passionate photographer. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, he studied Multimedia Production at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel, Northern Germany.

She shares the role of photography in her life:

“My photo saved me. I believe that a single picture can change many lives, so I like to see my work as a committed social duty to give a voice and paint a new vision of those who are forgotten, rejected and have no influence on the overall social decision-making processes. . My passion is to observe the world around me through the lens of empathy and to fight the fear of the unknown, to break down barriers and models, to tell micro stories about a macro audience, using multi-layered multimedia presentations. ”

I always try to remember that the objects of my work are not objects, but real human beings, with their feelings and fears, and I like to treat them with respect and grace. Is there an expiration date for parental love? And when it is established that the child has a different sexual orientation? ”

In the photo series Queer Light Silvia Marinova explores the process of breaking up 9 girls and boys from the LGBT community in Bulgaria.

What are the biggest obstacles and fears on this long journey? What emotions and feelings is it related to? Is there support in coming out into the world or is it always a lonely endeavor? How does life change after a trip?

Silvia is the thirtieth participant in GenerationArt - space, opportunity, and a stage to express yourself and to show your art. If you want to share your art as Iva did, GenerationArt is open for people from all over the country, without a deadline - contact us at with a short description of your genre and the message you want to convey through art; send us a couple of your best works. No matter which is your direction, what is your genre and form, we cannot wait for you to share your work with our audience!

Since November 2019 GenerationArt is part of the three-year project "Empowering young LGBTI people through access to services, motivation, and focused policy change", implemented with financial support, provided by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Financial Mechanism. The main objective of the project is to support and empower young LGBTI people and the professionals supporting them.

The sole responsibility for the content of this section lies with the Single Step Foundation and under no circumstances can it be taken to reflect the official opinion of the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Operator of the Active Citizens Bulgaria Fund.