At the core of the artwork The Least Wanted Travel the Most lie two apparently unrelated concepts: gift-giving and people’s movement.
Usually, gift-giving is a gesture either expressing feelings and fostering social relationships or engendering the feeling of obligation, as the French social anthropologist Marcel Mauss concluded in his research about the meaning of gifts.
In this case the concept of ‘gift’ is instantiated by the dinner set, which in North Macedonia, where the artist’s research took place, is a very common wedding gift. As a result, newly-married couples end up either having many more dinner sets than they need or having sets they don’t like. The least appealing sets are re-gifted and thus change owner more frequently, as everybody wants tο get rid of them.
This project embarked in 2014 and has a conceptual aspect as dinner sets are equated to people that leave their place due to the unpleasant conditions they face – like gender, social or national discrimination. These people suffer in such living conditions and eventually abandon their routine in search of better solutions. The artist’s practice focuses on collecting oral stories from people who suffocate as well as material evidence documenting their stories, and on looking for the reasons that force these people to change their environment.