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An Artist in Paradise

Collection Creator:
Krustev, Dimitar  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (color silent reversal; 1,082 feet, 16mm)
Container:
Item 2006.4.1
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Film reels
Date:
1971
Scope and Contents:
A film portrait of artist Dimitar Krustev in Panama.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
The Dimitar Krustev films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Dimitar Krustev films
Dimitar Krustev films / Films
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc9ab669a05-90a2-441e-a844-775c9f0189f5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-2006-04-ref1

The Happiest People on Earth

Collection Creator:
Krustev, Dimitar  Search this
Extent:
1 Film reel (color silent reversal; 954 feet, 16mm)
Container:
Item 2006.4.2
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Film reels
Date:
circa 1977
Scope and Contents:
A film of the Choco people, Darién, Panama.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
The Dimitar Krustev films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Dimitar Krustev films
Dimitar Krustev films / Films
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc9fb9afa53-be17-4d47-a7e3-27f179bbf77e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-2006-04-ref2

Films

Collection Creator:
Krustev, Dimitar  Search this
Extent:
2 Film reels (color silent reversal; 2,036 feet, 16mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Film reels
Date:
1971-circa 1977
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
The Dimitar Krustev films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Dimitar Krustev films
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc9a82b62fb-e659-4fac-bc71-3e05e71b867a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-2006-04-ref3

Supplemental Materials

Collection Creator:
Krustev, Dimitar  Search this
Extent:
1 Book
180 Slides (35mm)
2 Sound cassettes
Type:
Archival materials
Books
Slides
Sound cassettes
Date:
1971-circa 1977
1996
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
The Dimitar Krustev films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Dimitar Krustev films
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc9e7ae1aac-2c51-4913-bbde-908f9d6cab73
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-2006-04-ref4

Audio cassettes

Collection Creator:
Krustev, Dimitar  Search this
Extent:
2 Sound cassettes
Container:
Box Audio
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Sound cassettes
Date:
1971-circa 1977
Scope and Contents:
Probably recordings of Choco music for the film(s).
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
The Dimitar Krustev films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Dimitar Krustev films
Dimitar Krustev films / Supplemental Materials
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc93cb923d1-9b20-45f2-9978-b9c003fb2d74
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-2006-04-ref5

Slides

Collection Creator:
Krustev, Dimitar  Search this
Extent:
180 Slides (color slides, 35mm)
Container:
Box Slides
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Slides
Date:
1971-circa 1977
Scope and Contents:
Photographs of Choco people in the Pirre highlands of Darién, Panama. The images seem to mostly include posed people and children and their activities.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
The Dimitar Krustev films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Dimitar Krustev films
Dimitar Krustev films / Supplemental Materials
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc9bf450401-cf72-4702-92f3-468af2592a13
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-2006-04-ref6

The Journals of Dimitar Krustev, an Artist-Explorer, vol. 1

Collection Creator:
Krustev, Dimitar  Search this
Extent:
1 Book
Container:
Volume 1
Type:
Archival materials
Books
Books
Date:
1996
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
The Dimitar Krustev films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Dimitar Krustev films
Dimitar Krustev films / Supplemental Materials
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc9bf2c4427-6e8e-4155-8e20-36547c0fa009
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-hsfa-2006-04-ref7

Dimitar Krustev films

Creator:
Krustev, Dimitar  Search this
Extent:
2 Film reels (color silent reversal; 2,036 feet, 16mm)
1 Book
180 Slides (35mm)
2 Sound cassettes
Culture:
Choco/Chocoan  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Books
Slides
Sound cassettes
Place:
Darien (Panama : Province)
Date:
1971-circa 1977
1996
Summary:
Dimitar Krustev was a painter, photographer, and writer who travelled in Central and South America to document vanishing cultures. This collection includes materials relating to trips to the Pirre highlands in Darién province of Panama, where he filmed the Choco.
Scope and Contents:
The films in this collection were shot in the Pirre highlands in Darién province of Panama, and document the Choco. According to The Journals of Dimitar Krustev (1996), Krustev filmed with a Bolex in 1971 and again in 1977. The supplemental materials in this collection include a copy of The Journals of Dimitar Krustev, slides taken on his trips to Pirre, and audio cassettes of music (probably recordings of the Choco for the films).

Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged in 2 series: (1) Films, 1971-circa 1977; (2) Supplemental Materials, 1971-circa 1977, 1996
Biographical Note:
Dimitar Krustev was born in Bulgaria in 1920. He emigrated to the United States when he was 19 because he did not want to live under soviet rule. He was later condemned to death by the Communist Party, leading him to seek American citizenship.

He graduated from the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria, prior to his emigration. After reaching the United States, he earned his BA in Commercial Art from Kent State University and his Masters in Art History from the University of Iowa.

Krustev worked for nine years as a graphic artist for Better Homes and Gardens, while simultaneously working as a commissioned portrait artist. He then founded the Des Moines Krustev Studio of Art.

After becoming inspired by Rousseau's concept of the "Noble Savage," he made it his goal to paint and document disappearing, indigenous peoples. In pursuit of this goal, he travelled through Central and South America during the 1960s and 1970s. His student, later wife, Helen Marie came with him on many of these trips. The two travelled frequently between Des Moines and Ajijic, Jalisco, in Mexico for nearly 30 years before they moved to Ajijic in 2000. In addition to painting, Krustev was an avid photographer and writer. His paintings are held in a number of private collections and have been exhibited around the world.

Sources Consulted

Bercovitch, Heiyn. "Dimitar & Helen." Lake Chapala Review, February 2005.

"Dimitar Krustev." Des Moines Register, March 3, 2013.

Chronology

1920 -- Born in Bulgaria

circa 1939 -- Emigrated to the United States

1960s-1970s -- Travelled through Central and South America documenting vanishing cultures

2000 -- Moved to Ajijic, Jalisco (Mexico)

2013 -- Died on February 11 in Ajijic
Related Materials:
Krustev's papers and journals are held at the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, and some of his films are held at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
Provenance:
The materials within this collection were donated by the creator, Dimitar Krustev.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Citation:
The Dimitar Krustev films, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
HSFA.2006.04
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Dimitar Krustev films
Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc9602b36e8-2645-4c07-a001-b9b7bc433d59
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-hsfa-2006-04

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