Photographer's Note

Ive been brought (in a certain way) to love Switzerland and make this country mine, as well as Ive given myself to its cultural heritage. Some things have to be said though, not in a senseless critical way, but with ones own conviction that being part of a social group doesnt mean we should inevitably share the rules reigning within it.

There is not a cultural habit of going against establishment in this country. It is extremely rare to witness social movements forcing governments to fall down, or violent happenings setting cities in fire, or a global student meetings hand in hand with labour organizations to ask for better life conditions, or freedom of speech. Perhaps because a lot in this country is granted to each citizen, unlike what happens in many other corners of the planet, hence resignation.

I remember that just a few years ago, in some cantons (which is the political regional division of the country), women were still not allowed to vote. As a complete paradox, each citizen is allowed to launch a political vote to contest a project of law, in the purest example of direct democracy I know.

The 1st of may is still an occasion of festivities, though. Everyone works (!) with the exception of government employees, but like in other European countries, everyone unfolds the flag with the Ches face looking towards an hypothetical future where other values than the Nikke would be a major reference. Why the Che? Of course, hes a myth. But if his photograph is more marketable than Fidels, Marx, Mao, Ho Chi Minh or any other handsome revolutionary, thats because we know that one had his feet in the gutter. After all he died for it. And he was divinely beautiful for a dead person. I bet he still carries his beret in the heavens.

But the real world is not always as beautiful. Which doesnt mean we should stop dreaming though.

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