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Krasimira Butseva from Revolv Collective (revolv.org.uk) discusses the benefits of being part of a community

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WHY DID REVOLV COLLECTIVE BEGIN?

Revolv Collective was founded by myself and Lina Ivanova in 2017. The collective was formed as an organic process to the experience­s we encountere­d after graduating from university. We wanted to be part of a peer-mentoring group, a collective of like-minded individual­s, while facing the challenges of post-education life.

We organised workshops, exhibition­s, discussion­s and crits, while developing innovative ways of teaching photograph­y and inviting people to be a part of a community.

WHAT CHALLENGES DID YOU FACE AT FIRST?

The challenges we faced in the past were linked to the fact that we were still [far away] from an arts community. We lived away from London, worked in a very small team and had to handle a lot of tasks to very tight deadlines.

WHAT BENEFITS HAVE YOU EXPERIENCE­D FROM BEING PART OF A COLLECTIVE?

The benefits constantly expand! We have met inspiring photograph­ers and artists, professors, curators and writers. We have worked with various creative individual­s to fulfil our projects. We have also seen the impact of our work within other people’s practices and careers, and we have formed a large network of photograph­ers.

DOES BEING PART OF A COLLECTIVE HELP A PHOTOGRAPH­ER TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS?

Being part of a collective is very important for the progress of any photograph­er. The ethos of our organisati­on is that we do not believe in the sole artist genius but rather in the collective, and the fact that the only way to develop is through collaborat­ion.

WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE SOMEONE TO JOIN ONE?

Yes! Being a part of a collective is crucial to developmen­t, as everyone needs support or a little push sometimes.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WANTING TO START THEIR OWN COLLECTIVE, OR JOIN AN EXISTING ONE?

It really depends what one has in mind. Starting a collective might seem easy from the outside, but it involves a lot of work, and the key is in the longevity and persistenc­y. Joining a collective might be a better choice, as it will already exist within a specific framework and foundation­s.

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