Performance/ Installation

In this interactive performance commissioned by Onomatopee in Eindhoven, Maja Simišić embodies the role of an immigration and naturalization officer guiding us through the intricate maze of European immigration policies. The audience  is encouraged to schedule an appointment with Maja to obtain their new ID card and to experience the daylight nightmare of bias and adversity for chasing the elusive dream to become a legal citizen in Europe.

Through the performance of Maja, the nightmare turns into a dystopian dream: the new ID card can contain whatever information the applicant wants there to be. However, obtaining the ID card is no simple task; instead, it becomes a whimsical yet challenging endeavor. With a critical examination of identification data and the very notion of an ID document, be ready for a spicy powerplay.

'Dreams of dreams of dreams' is an exhibition and public program which explores the transformative power of imagination when fuelled by a collective resolve to dismantle the status quo. Continuously re-imaging alternative presents, the collective body creates new tools and paradigms. Through artistic exploration, the exhibited works and activities delve into the experience of precarity as a shared condition for common survival. Dreaming thus becomes a communal practice—a process to be contextualized, cultivated, safeguarded, and nurtured. Within this space, we are offered the opportunity to rehearse new worlds together and to train our capacity of dreaming-in-common.

Curated & text by Cecilia Casabona
Photographs by Matilde Stolfa