The series of images, A Husband in Paris, is a playful comment on the idea of marrying abroad for papers, due to political isolation in economically underdeveloped countries. This was a starting point in this work, which, during the course of its progress, acquired a number of other meanings.

 

The scenario is the following: the photographer took up the role of a young woman from Eastern Europe in the search of a husband in Paris, the model of a Western 'city of love'. Walking across various city districts, she approached candidates asking them whether they would be willing to 'marry her' and what it would look like. After a short introductory 'sniffing', they would pose together with her for a snapshot, playing the role of potential marriage couples.

 

The aesthetic complexity of the images surpasses the strictly political aspects and stretches to the romantic relationships between the possible marriage partners. The photo series stands at the intersection of private and global social issues, while the hilarious approach reduces a certain uneasiness and explicitness of the initial idea. Eventually, the whole project is turned into a light and spontaneous game of revealing the latent possibilities in human relationships interwoven with cultural differences.

 

Katarina Radovic