Happily Ever After

When we were younger most of us expected to be married by the age of 25. Often our families have that expectation still. But here I am: 25 years old and that script I wrote for myself as a 12-year-old, did not come into play.Happily Ever After is a story that is told and repeated everywhere in the world. A story that we create to perfection and for many years lots of us think our life would or should happen just like that.Since it is very present in my family, I took my parents as a study case.Analyzing their dating and marriage documentation, helped me create my own perspective on this subject.Happily Ever After brings feelings of safety, happiness, security and hope, but there is also another truth. Me and my peers are the first ones living a very strong duality. The way we love is context and society-dependent. We live in the era of romanticism and our generation is very much looking for the ideal image. ‘The one’ in our work, the stuff we buy, and in our relationships. That what we make to perfection like ‘ Happily Ever After’. It’s the place we keep looking for. The place where our economy and society are pushing us back into.Marriage has changed over the years. From a collective trauma’ after decades of senseless ‘ reason’ to mary out of practical reasons, we want to make up for it, by making it romantic. Seeing marriage as ‘ Happily Ever After’ is an image that needs new words and a new image in my generation. The way we walk down the aisle, the ceremony we walk into, may have new and realistic words, with another perspective, another contract, based on modern relationships.The project ‘Happily Ever After’ opens up this dialogue by using seemingly sacred traditional marital practices, objects, and clothing.