Messages from Paradise #1 Egypt: Austria - About the Permanent Longing for Elsewhere
In a village in Egypt, young men dream of migrating to Europe where they hope to realise all the good things they lack at home: money, freedom, new horizons. In Vienna, Egyptian migrants long back home. Their stories of migration reveal that the realities of living in Europe are more complex and nuanced than they themselves might have dreamt of. Paradise seems to be always elsewhere. And perhaps happiness lies not in making old dreams come true, but in finding new ones.
Messages from Paradise #2 Morocco - Netherlands: The permanent longing for elsewhere
Messages from Paradise #2 deals with the relationship of migration between Morocco and the Netherlands. Through a series of interviews Daniela Swarowsky focuses on young people in both countries who tell of their perspective and experiences with migration.
Vienna born Daniela Swarowsky is since 1990 working both in the visual arts as well as in the experimental music field. After seven fruitful years as producer, organizer and curator in New York City, she moved in 2000 to Rotterdam/Holland to persue solely her own artistic- and curatorial practice: (selection) art projects like "Dreamgarden_Internal Landscapes" during Rotterdam Cultural Capital 2001, "Vacation_Destination>Home", “Zwaanshals in Motion” a 3-year's community art project follow. She is since 2003 artistic director of Foundation Zenith in Motion / ZiM.Her first documentary film Messages from Paradise#1 Egypt_Austria, a collaboration with Egypt expert Samuli Schielke, is a consequent continuation of her previous projects. From Dream Garden, through the range of migration-related projects, to her current Messages from Paradise trilogy, Swarowksy’s artistic and curatorial work testifies a long-term engagement with questions of migration, identity, and the idea of home.
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