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Immigrants and asylum-seekers in Austria.
Vienna International Festival
Please Love Austria
This project, which resembles the like Big Brother reality show, was attended by 12 asylum-seekers, that have lived one week in a shipping container nearby the theatre in central Vienna. Every day, through a vote by phone or internet the Austrian people chose the two least popular people that were ejected and then deported to their native country.
The project was carried out during a period a tense discussions in Austria around immigration and nationalism with Jorg Haiderâ€™s nationalist Austria Peopleâ€™s Freedom Party enjoying strong support.
To initiate a discussion concerning the stage-managed cynicism of TV and the cynicism of a society that judges asylum policy on the basis of its majority mandate.
The winner can look forward to a cash prize and the prospect, depending on the availability of volunteers, of Austrian citizenship through marriage.