"Novel of Youth is a series of self-staged photographs that recount stories of my home region near the Austro-Hungarian border in Burgenland, Austria. Behind tranquil landscapes lie loaded narratives of fear, loss and change of environment. Since the second half of the 20th century, a number of European border towns have seen a recurring influx of migrants and refugees seeking resettlement due to war and conflict.
These conflicts include the Hunga-rian Revolution of October 1956, the civil war in former Yugoslavia in 1992 and the current conflicts in the Middle East that have been taking place for several years now. Given the closing of Austria‘s borders in 2016 after over a decade of free passage, this work tries to show-case western European polarization of opinions regarding refugees and their place in todays Europe.
This Project is my attempt to look into the meaning of country borders and the environment surrounding them, as seen from a young adult’s perspective growing up."
- Freie Fotografin