Pepa Hristova is photographer, based in Hamburg, Germany. Born in 1977 in Bulgaria, she studied communication design with a focus on photography at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Hristova has created numerous series on Eastern Europe – from the alienation of Muslims in Orthodox Bulgaria, through documentation of a centuries-old custom in North Albania with ‘Sworn Virgins’- women who live in a male identity conferred by an ancient rite. Hristova received multiple fellowships and awards including the C/O Berlin Talents Award (2008), the Otto Steinert Award for subjective photography (2009), a fellowship from the Berlin Academy of Arts (2009), the Border Crossers grant of the Robert Bosch Stiftung (2010), The N-ost Reportage Award (2016). Her work has been on display at the House of Photography/Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, C/O Berlin, the Berlin Academy of Arts, NRW Forum Dusseldorf, Stadtmuseum Munich, National Gallery Sofia, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts Brussels etc.