My cousin E. lives in a bus. Several months a year, she works as a shepherd. The rest of the year she drives south, towards the sun. She then visits friends, and sometimes joins a group of street artists or musicians for a little extra money. E. has very consciously chosen to be as free as possible.
The concept of freedom - which almost automatically seems to move away from society - has always triggered my interest. Can one actually be free? What does that take, as a person, as a woman?
To me, being alone and away from society is a completely new and very challenging experience. The confrontation with my continuous stream of thought, silence, the lack of Internet or a mobile phone – it’s all pretty scary if you’re used to being in a crowded world full of stimuli. I have known E. all my life and we have always shared a deep understanding of each other. Through our shared roots and very different realities, I aim to study the things that we, in society, seem to have a distorted relationship with, such as alone-ness, work, time, nature, and femininity.
La cigale et la fourmi is a work in progress...