In In my dreams I want to become a tourist by journalist Paulien Bakker (NL, 1975), filmmaker Anisleidy Martinez (Cuba, 1983), and photographer Anaïs López (NL, 1981), show how the lives of the authors and their three main subjects become entwined.
The authors travelled to Rwanda as tourists to give a photography workshop at an orphanage that was about to close. Two boys, Hirwa (13) and Jean Cloude (11), caught their attention. And they discovered these two orphans still had a mother, Farida (27), who was living in Kigali.
After spending years living within the protected surroundings of the countryside orphanage, the two boys travel to the big city. In Kigali, they are tourists, photographing the city.
The young family tries to adapt to their new life together and to the fast-changing outside world. The old Rwanda, where the genocide took place that claimed their mother as one of its victims, is in stark contrast to the new, progressive Rwanda.
Simultaneously, the authors try to find their place in relation to the country and this family. They follow this new family, get involved in their daily problems… and decide to intervene. Will they remain outsiders? Turn into aid workers? Or become part of the family?

Editor: Thomas Vroege | Curator: Iris Sikking |