NOT ONE DIMENSIONAL SOCIETY
In 2015 – 2016, l hitchhiked with my backpack through both Europe’s largest cities and remote mountain regions without any fixed destination or route in mind. Driven by encounters and chance, I felt escaping my regular life into the newly alluring but precarious mode of existence – ever in search of the persistent though elusive idea of freedom. Along the way, I met several individuals who had turned their backs on contemporary society’s emphasis on consumerism and productivity in exchange for greater authenticity, autonomy and freedom. Once artists, teachers, engineers – these people made the radical choice to abandon modern world comfort and retreat into the wilderness.
It is a glance into both – relentless and risky, but also tranquil fabric of their private lives as well as the global canvas on which their destiny is weaved.
Special thanks for Avishai Mark Russell – a great artist and wonderful black sheep – for the video collaboration. Without him stay in Beneficio would have been very different and with much less coffee.