In my dreams I want to become a tourist - Humanity House


03.11.16 t/m 26.11.16

In my dreams I want to become a tourist

‘In my dreams I want to become a tourist’ is a multimedia exhibition about the closing of all orphanages in Rwanda. In doing so the African country seems to be the first in a global trend encouraged by Western relief organisations. But is it really better for the children involved?

In the multimedia exhibition there are three central storylines: the story of Hirwa (13) and Jean-Cloude (11) who are, with the help of the three makers, reunited with there young mother after living in an orphanage for a long time. The second storyline is that of this young mother, Farida. At the age of thirteen she gets pregnant for the first time, but she can’t handle the responsibility and becomes, as she puts it, a ‘woman of the night’.

The third layer is the story of Paulien. In 2005 Paulien goes to Rwanda as a tourist, but gradually her role changes to that of caregiver and journalist. Ethical dilemmas arise. Through the different and changing positions of the maker, the relation to her subject becomes increasingly clouded. Are you still objectively to your topic if you yourself play a part in the story?

Opening times

  • 10:00 - 17:00
  • 12:00 - 17:00

About the makers

Paulien Bakker (1975)
 is an independent journalist operating from her agency ‘’Schrijfkracht”. This is the first where she intensively cooperates with a photographer and a filmmaker.

Anaïs López (1981)
 is a freelance documentary photographer who uses both inanimate as well as animated images. Through her personal portraits, which were mostly commissioned by the NRC, she tries to tell a bigger story in a subtle manner. Her autonomous projects are mostly about people who try to find their place in society.

Anisleidy Martinez (1983)
 was born and raised in Cuba. Since a few years she lives and works in The Netherlands, where she followed an education to become a filmmaker. As a filmmaker her interest mostly lays with people who are just on the outside of a group or society.

Thomas Vroege is the editor of ‘In my dreams I want to become a tourist’. Curator is Iris Sikking.