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DREAM WORLD (2018)
3 photographs, inkjet print in fine art archivel baryta paper 315gr., Portugal
Dimensions: 56 x 76 cm
Commission: Escola das Artes – Escola das Artes Universidade Católica do Porto
Fine art: André Cepeda
Production: Lamaland
Support: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Escola das Artes Universidade Católica do Porto
Produced with materials collected in 2014 and 2015 for the shooting of the feature film Extinction (2018) by Salomé Lamas produced by O Som e a Fúria, Lamaland, Mengamuk Films, Walla Collective, Screen Miguel Nabinho, Bikini with the support of Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual (ICA)

The war in Ukraine is burning. In early 2015 a Portuguese producer allocates a symbolic fund for the production of Extinction (2018) that allows for a return to Transnistria, a pro-Russian frozen-conflict in Moldova. We apply for journalist visas with a false script.
The visas take too long. Nevertheless we book the crew their plane tickets; I fit part of the available budget in my pockets; S.D carries the rest from Berlin. Two days before departing all the crewmembers are granted journalist accreditations – including the Moldovan nationals.
The shooting runs as expected for 20 days, the only border incident to allude, between Moldova and Ukraine, with KGB agents is reported in Self-Portrait (2016/2018). There is no consular protection in the territory. I’m unsure if I’ll ever get to meet our friends again.
Dream World (2018) is a sequence of 148 firework shots in the colossal Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party, built on Mount Buzludzha between 1974 and 1981.

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