Montse Mosquera, Too Foreign (2021)
Living in another country is one of the most enriching experiences you can have.
When you leave, your memory will remain fixed in that moment, unchanged, hoping that when you return everything will remain the same, on pause from the day you left.
Meanwhile, all your energy is put into immersing yourself in your new home.
You discover new places every day, you want to capture everything with your camera.
But of course you have bad days, and it is in those moments of sadness that you miss your friends, your family, the food… you even idealise your life at home, and although you know it’s only a result of nostalgia, you decide to return home to satisfy your desire to feel fulfilled again.
However, when that moment comes, you go from the excitement of returning with your loved ones to the comparisons with the culture in which you were recently immersed. You transition from being a foreigner to being a local again.
And that’s when you enter a dynamic of not belonging anywhere and that nowhere is your home. Your mind wishes to live in a city collage of memories, experience and people. A city mixed with the memories of all the cities you have loved… but that city doesn’t exist.