"I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls" reflects upon the young hope and dreams that everyone has. It also reflects the harshness with which Ireland treats its youth, and peoples wish for this to be different.
 
The youth represent the future. But where lies the future of Irish youth? For hundreds of years, emigrating from Ireland has been the norm.

In fact, Ireland could never have afforded everyone staying, so the national budget used to calculate on a certain number of young people leaving each year. Millions left and never returned.

During the short economic boom (1995-2008) the tsunami of emigrants temporarily stopped. For the first time in decades there was hope and opportunities for the Irish people. With the onset of the Eurocrisis, however, these hopes were shattered and emigration increased once again. Today, an estimated 3000 people per month emigrate from Ireland. This is the highest number of emigrants since the Famine of 1842.
The image tells the story of being stuck in a situation, while one's dreams are washed away, it tells stories of hope, the need to leave the country and the feeling of being overlooked and ignored.
 
This project was a part of the Lost?Generation - Stories from Europe exhibition.
 
I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls
I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls
With vassals and serfs at my side.
And of all who assembled within those walls
That I was the hope and the pride.

I had riches too great to count, could boast
Of a high ancestral name.
But I also dreamt, which pleased me most
That you lov'd me still the same,
That you lov'd me, you lov'd me still the same,
That you lov'd me, You loved me still the same.
- Alfred Bunn 

© 2020 Paulina Cervenka