holiday reading

text becomes an important precursor for travel and tourism. it informs people’s itineraries and can be a seductive impetus to move beyond what we know. it is a vital element in our relationships. when we tour to another country language can confuse our communication with one another and we return to an increased physical understanding as we look to other people’s bodies to tell us their intentions and purpose. this is the impetus behind the next two works to be discussed: holiday reading and five words both draw on the desire to collect a souvenir of experience as a reflection of a negotiation with text. holiday reading is a compiled series of ephemera displaying a fragmented itinerary of the galleries and cultural sites i visited on my art tour. this printed matter contains the traces of the places I toured to see and also the desire for touring. the souvenir pamphlets and cards from galleries, books I bought on holiday and information from museums were initially displayed in my hotel room and photographed for my website. in the gallery space they are organised into random arrangements on a long table. they echo martha rosler’s travelling personal library project for e-flux and on kawara’s registration of his travels in i met, i went and also i got up at…

 

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