FILIP VEST

"Yes, it’s very lovely, but I don’t belong here. Even the birds speak English. How can I enjoy a flower if I don’t know its right name, its English name, the name that has fused with its colors and petals, the name that’s the same thing as the flower? If i say bugambilia to you, you think of the bougainvillea vines you’ve seen in your own village, with their purple liturgical flowers, climbing around an ash tree or hanging from a wall in the afternoon sunlight. They are a part of your being, your culture. They’re what you remember long after you’ve seemed to forget them. It’s very lovely here, but it isn’t mine, because whatever the plum tree or the eucalyptus say, they aren’t saying it for me… or to me, either."

 

Toilet air freshener with Eucalyptus

 

2017