Yolanda de Los Bueis – Statement

BRAINSTORMING

International law of “the right to one’s homeland” = right to self-determination = The right to own identity.

Looking for a collective identity after the loss of sense of community and belonging?

There’s a growing community of “Displaced” people (emigrated, vanished, extradited) even from 2nd 3rd generation – or leading mobile lives ( if not phisically, virtually) – or directly/indirectly rootless or dis-integrated: A phenomenum that could be interpreted as a new “nation” or “race” of the international root-less homeless mobile people, functioning in a paralell layer to the traditional concept of race, nation, heimat.
The intercultural dialogue would come as something intrinsec per se and natural to this race?

Is the sense of homeland stronger/rediscovered with the constant presence and influence of information all around us since the XX century, or is it traded for Information Technology?
Can a sense of belonging be attained from this info-tech non-community – displaced position? Can the sense of heimat be stronger then, and can it be virtual? – As in “second life heimat”.
Is there a possible “emotional heimat” rescue – that does not inherit from the “Matrix” – within the world of information we live in?

My experience as a Basque emigrated to London for 15 years:

Factors:
– Pre and post Guggenheim.
– The political problem as a reason for leaving.

Effects:
– Becoming a “guiri” (demeaning term for a turist clueless foreigner with a taste for Spanish chichés) in my own country – nostalgic, now maybe in the process of exodus.
– Dis-integrated in both Spain and London – Everybody wants to belong, and I dream and strive for a true art-mobile life.



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