Photo by Nicole Marnati

Happily Ever After

Cutup wedding dresses, confronting quotes and rewritten vows, question beliefs in marriage as a romantic fairy-tale and social archievement.

And they lived happily ever after… Were you also raised with a romantic fairy-tale notion of love and marriage? At the age of 25, Linda Huijbers must admit that the wedding plans she made when she was twelve are far from realistic. And yet many secretly share her childhood expectations of settling down at an early age. In conversation with her peers, she found out marriage is still considered a social achievement, connected to safety, happiness, security and hope. By documenting conversations and performing with reframed traditional marital practices, objects and clothing, Linda questions this persistent but outdated construct. Rewritten vows, cut-up wedding dresses and confronting quotes challenge the ‘perfect’ picture that society still paints for us.

Instead of my 25th birthday invitation, I have sent my mother the wedding invitation I expected to sent out and she expected to receive at that age.

Happily Ever After - researchbook 2020

Side A: The story of my parents in image, side B: rewritten vows

Photo by Nicole Marnati