The Last (Eternal) Mime Artist
For four years now, one of the most recognized young photojournalists in Bulgaria has been looking for the truth about the profession and the calling to be a mime artist.
Rusev is enchanted by this ancient expression technique that can be discovered in all performing arts but which, in our time, we can rarely observe in its pure form. Even in the cultural capital of the world – Paris, pantomime actors have encountered countless difficulties, especially after the death of the legendary Marcel Marceau.
On its 100 pages, Hristo Rusev’s photo book traces in 77 photographs the life on and off stage of the Svilengrad citizen Gerasim Dishliev – one of the most loved people and pedagogical assistant of Marceau However, this is not an autobiographical story about Gerasim Dishliev, states the author.
„In this documentary history, Dishliev is the personification of many actors who have chosen pantomime as their own way. Even though I have inscribed Gero in my images, the book does not reveal Gerasim Dishliev as a person ; rather, this is the collective image of the Mime, who at bitter times thinks he is the last of his kind, but when he is happy he knows that pantomime is an eternal art. „
Mr. Rusev is a Siena International Photography Awards finalist and is awarded „Honorary Mention“ at the Paris Photo Prize Px3 2018 and a prize for „Humanistic Photography“ by BG PRESS PHOTO 2018.