Eléonore de Montesquiou


27.01.2008 -

“... now I live 70% in Germany, 30% in Poland, without money there is no life, neither without love, but without money ... I have two lives, in Poland and here, but I miss Poland , this is my home country, somehow I don't have to justify myself there, I'm just at home ... "

Emilia and Joanna live in Poland and work in Germany. The French film artist Eléonore de Montesquiou (born 1970 in Paris, lives in Berlin) describes the everyday life of the two young women from Poznan. In sensitive observations, she documents a reality of life in Germany that is neither seen nor registered, although it is part of the realities of our time. Interviews with the two Polish women, because of their unusual closeness, draw viewers of the films into their trust; they report on life courses that necessitate identities that exist side by side.

Europe, which is rapidly growing together from West and East, and the increasing loss of national and regional sovereignty in politics and economy often only hold subsidized large-scale events ready for the associated cultural change. Old and new cultural traditions and habits remain in the blind spot of public perception, as long as they cannot be commercialized in a folkloristic and tourist way.

Eléonore de Montesquiou shows the rarely discussed reality of her own generation, for whom change and a life in transit are normal.



Eléonore de Montesquiou. Travellers
Edited by Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg, 2007
in conversation with Jadwiga, Joanna Kolenderska, Anna Kremnicka, Bozena und Emilia Nawrot and Joanna Wilk from 2005 to 2007 in Poznan, Stubice, Frankfurt (Oder) and Berlin
22 p., numerous illustrations, brochure
ISBN 3-930030-90-X
7.95 Euro