Thursday, 22 December 2011 08:46

Life on a piece of paper

Written by Ana-Maria Anghelescu and Cristina Sologon

Today was the fourth day of the “Do you speak European?” workshop and it was one of our favourites so far: Today, we talked about life and love. What does life mean to young Europeans? How do you see it? How would you draw your future life on piece of paper? These were some of the questions we tried to answer today, and the result was a really funny and multicultural exhibition of visions about life. Let us introduce you to four different drawings we thought were particularly fascinating.

When you looked over the works exhibited on the walls, a very colourful one would draw your attention: Kristi’s perception of her future life. “I chose a rainbow, because everybody has a rainbow in their life. Every single colour represents something important for my life.”

If Kristi’s drawing caught your eye with colours that hide a deeper meaning, you could find a different approach to life from Cristina. “I drew a boat as a metaphor of life and I’m the captain of my own life. I choose when to start a trip, I choose my destination and the people I let into my life."

Cristina continues: "The challenges I encounter during my life are represented by big waves, storms, pirates, sharks etc. I also drew people in my boat, with different shapes and colors, representing the diversity I will have in my life. And, of course, there is also a treasure chest where I’ll put all my knowledge. It’s open because everyone can contribute to my treasure and I’m also willing to share it with everyone.”

In both a simple and a clever way, a letter from Laura to her 35 years-old self expressed her wish to win a Pulitzer prize. An ambitiously high goal, but not impossible. “I chose to write a letter, because I wish that somebody would send me back to the here and now when I am 35, to see how much I realised during these years.”

Among all those colourful papers, we spotted a white one. Who doesn’t have any idea about the future? Andrea told us why she chose this representation of her life: “I may know what I am right now, but actually the next two seconds could radically change me. So I can’t know where and what I’ll be in the next five seconds, let alone the next five years”.

But the day didn’t end here. We all talk much about E&M and somewhere in our minds, we all want to write an article for this magazine. So, the participants were asked to show their talent and interview the others about the meaning of life. The drawings were a good start, but it actually went deeper and deeper in the conversations, crossing the cultural borders. The results will be online on the page of this workshop. Stay connected for more information!


This workshop was organized in cooperation with: Kulturstiftung.Compressed
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This project is financed with support from the European Union through the program YOUTH IN ACTION. The content of this project does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union or the national agency JUGEND für Europa and they cannot be held responsible for them.

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