Teo Georgiev, Assembly Plant, 2022

Teo Georgiev (b.1992) is a Bulgarian illustrator, designer and artist based in Helsinki. He is currently pursuing an MA in Visual Narrative at Aalto University, where he explores the intersection of comics and migration studies. His interest lies in Balkan history, migration trends and how feelings of belonging are being communicated and explored through visual means.

A specimen-style diagram on flower assemblage in preparation for ‘rooting’ delves into the topics of how to re-assemble oneself to set roots somewhere. Do we change ourselves and re-assemble our features to be allowed to remain in the garden, or do we tend a small corner in a garden of our own? Often ‘belonging’ is a concept that exists within change. We can belong to many contradictory concepts, not necessarily following a specific blueprint.