The New El Dorado (Common Culture) If you look like your passport photo you’re too ill to travel.

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Abstract

If you look like your passport photo you're too ill to travel explores the representation and utilisation of history and heritage in tourism and regeneration. The exhibition investigates how contemporary art critiques the consumption of tourism and the heritage industry, and place myths which persuade the tourist that what they see is ‘real’. Through painting, photography, and video the four artists and artist groups unpick exoticism and the mythology of the ‘other’ through colonial imagery, landscape, and satire. Duncan Swann's work draws from artefacts and souvenirs to echo a colonial scenario. Common culture look at the concept of leisure through parallels between 19th century grand tour and the modern package holiday. Walker and Bromwich adopt regeneration strategies to investigate utopian thought and place making. Uta Koegelsberger invokes the exoticism of travel through representation of collections as paradise landscapes. Curated by Hand and Morley Special Projects
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2012
EventIf you look like your passport photo you’re too ill to travel - Sheffield Institute of the Arts Gallery
Duration: 21 Apr 2012 → …

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