When we decided to get marry, we passed all the steps of the procedure imposed by French law to mixed couples. This procedure aims at preventing people who would use the marriage with a French citizen as way to immigrate in France. The method is to examine the “project of marriage” of mixed couples and to check the sincerity of their relationship. In addition to all documents we had to gather to constitute our application, we passed an audition separately.
This audition is the climax of the procedure, the decisive moment. It is also the metaphor of the (absurd) mechanism of the whole procedure: the very moment where two people have to prove the truth of their love (non-measurable feelings) in a legal and administrative frame, and the immediate suspicion toward foreigners in the middle of their intimate project.
We reenacted the precise moment of the audition, through an abstracted situation of the audition, which has been used as a film set as well.
The video represents an articulation of the our personal understandings of the emotional and intellectual digestion of the experience we had to pass through.
Lucie and Mladen Bundalo