This is in the tourist brochures and That’s not in the tourist brochures are two video pieces that respond to the discussions regarding the removal of working restrictions in January 2014 for Romanian and Bulgarian nationals within the UK. The news generated a lot of negative feedback among the British, claiming that around 50.000 immigrants will arrive in the UK after January thus creating an immense job shortage.
This is in the tourist brochures
This is in the tourist brochures is a video that tells a love story between a Romanian girl and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron. Of course, this romance has a ironic undertone since David Cameron is represented here as a key figure which hardens the EU boarders for Eastern Europeans. A British woman working in a London laundrette sets the scene by narrating this legend about the Balkan Atlantis and the search for a sacred charm. And so the search begins.
That’s not in the tourist brochures
In the video piece That’s not in the tourist brochures a dialog is being established between a British woman working in a laundrette and an imagined, then recreated landscape of a foreign place. The woman is describing the Romanian seaside as she imagines it to be, her thoughts being influenced by stereotypical views, literature and media. This fantastical other place is revealing as she speaks, offering her “the ticket” to this destination which “is definitely on her list of things to do.”