Paradise Series     
performance, scenography, graphic design

Paradise Series is an installation with specifically designed tools activated during a performance, allowing me  to escape my mundane daily life.

The dream of a life better than the one we know is an essential part of human nature. Paradise is an omnipresent timeless figure expressing a yearning for that which is absent or desired. It has shifted over time and adapted itself to changing purposes and circumstances. Today, in our modern western society, Paradise has become a commodity on the tourist market, a highly controlled construction that responds to the needs of Western tourists to transcend the limits of daily life. Escapism is produced and sold in an easy accessible form: a getaway to an exotic remote island. However, it is an artificial construction that ignores the local reality of these destinations and the imagined experience can never be reached, because it doesn't exist outside the imagination.   
    With the installation and performance that brings it to life, I become the director of this collective fantasy with the help of movable and easy to set up elements. The content of the file cabinet is based on a research in many travel catalogues.

© Photos: HEAD – Genève, Baptiste Coulon, Raphaelle Mueller