Have you ever considered that your home can represent who you are? Well I have. As a child I grew up in a housetruck and travelled around New Zealand in The Gypsy Fairs. You may be asking yourself, “what is a housetruck?” or “what are The Gypsy Fairs?”.
I, Jola Josie, have documented the life style of modern gypsies in New Zealand, their community and the markets they organize, plus collected information about the country. During the past 1,5 years in New Zealand I have gone back to my birth place, to follow in my mums footsteps, whom I lost to cancer when I was twelve, and immersed myself back into a culture I haven’t been a part of since I lost my mum are all among reasons that make me vulnerable. As Brene Brown says “vulnerability is not a weakness”. Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage. According to Brown vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.
This project has been a dream of mine for a few years and now it is finally in motion. Pursuing this dream is scary as hell, but yet so exiting, because I don’t know how it will turn out. There will most likely be ups and downs, difficulties along the way with obstacles that will be difficult both mentally and fiscally.
Norway, since my mum passed away, has been my home for eleven years. There I have studied a bachelor in culture and communication at Oslo University in Norway with specialization in film and aesthetics.
This being part of my background I try to take on any obstacle that comes my way and learn from it.