TEKST & FOTO Mari Frostad
Hvordan ser vi ut i 2050? er en portrettserie som strekker seg over tre land i tre kontinenter – Vietnam, Israel+Palestina og Argentina – og spør unge hva planene deres er for fremtiden. En kompis av meg kaller det jeg gjør for en spastisk hipsterversjon av et friår, fordi det er for standard å dra på backpacking i Asia (jeg dro også på backpacking i Asia. I Vietnam). Gjennom et genialt nettverk som heter Workaway jobber jeg deltid i disse landene mot kost og losji, og så får jeg bo og leve med nydelige folk – noen av dem får du se portretter av her:
– What do you want to do in 2050?
I’ll work on poverty in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. That’s where I’m from – and I’m telling you, the ministry is only doing things that are good for themselves. The local villages really are forgotten, and agriculture is failing. When I was ten years old it was the worst – we just didn’t have any food. Really hard. Just… really hard. I can’t talk about it.
But now I’m volunteer at the Baha’i community – which has changed a lot. I think differently now. I don’t have to think like when I was ten – just thinking about your hunger, about this moment only. It’s so loaded with shame – to not afford thinking of more than what you get to eat.
And so of course that plays a part in what I want to do. When I get back, I’ve been thinking on working on help build up agriculture in Congo. So that someone don’t just have to think about themselves. Then that’s what I’ll need to feel better; if that can help even just the minimal amount of people think about more than food.
Kudrat // Haifa, Israel
– What motivates you for 2050?
I haven’t got any plans yet, I’m doing what I like – I’m studying cognitive science and psychology at the moment. I’m working on finding the balance between working hard on your projects and not becoming too attached to your ambitions and then devastated if it doesn’t work out.
– What’s a motivation you’ve got?
I’m afraid of vaccum.
– What do you mean – apathy? Carelessness?
I’m motivated by the passion for passion. Just the experience of passion. So what I want to do, I want to do because it makes me feel passionate.
– Doesn’t it make you self-concious? I mean, if you keep thinking whether you’re feeling passionate or not, and chasing passion for the sake of feeling passionate?
Maybe. Just like any other feeling. If you think too hard about it, it slips away.
Sun // Jerusalem, Israel