Ideal place, 2003-05, lambda prints, 75x100cm (diptych)
Ideal Place is a series of rather neutral photographic portraits combined with the statements of the protagonists about their personal understanding of the term “ideal place”, be it an abstract notion or an existing physical location. The answers are taken from interviews with people between 17 and 33 years of age, who were born and live in different countries of Eastern Europe. The series compares a variety of clichés related to Utopia, based on the individual experiences and personal desires of young people from Eastern Europe. On the other hand, the project, besides pointing to the underlying social issues, primarily draws attention to similarities in convictions and naive notions of happiness of people, regardless of the place from which they come.
Paula Muhr (1977, Subotica, Serbia) is a visual artist based in Berlin, Germany. She holds an MA in Photography from the University Arts in Belgrade and she studied General Literature at the Philological Faculty in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2009 she completed a graduate programme at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany. Currently she is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Art and Visual History of the Humboldt University Berlin. Her work has been shown internationally in a number of solo and group exhibitions. Through research-based artistic practice, she examines socio-cultural strategies of constructing sexuality, gender, desire and normality. In installations, which combine staged photography with found materials, texts, moving images and sound, she focuses on the interdisciplinary exploration of hysteria and female madness.