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travelogue as allegory, curated by Maja Wismer

16 March 2011

Author : jeanne-salome-rochat


Exhibition space of the Royal Institute of Art on the 4th floor of the Konstakademien building. Entrance Jakobsgatan 27, STOCKHOLM.

A number of exhibitions with and about books have been realized in the field of contemporary art and design in the last few years. Most of these exhibitions have focused on the structural aspect of the book as object or the book as reference material. Travelogue as Allegory takes this as given and sharpens the perspective with regards to form and content.

Similar to the unstable modes of projections and desire, the reasons for travel can be understood in different ways. The desire to travel can be thought as a curiosity for the unknown, a spirit of exploration, a lust for adventure or as an aim for education, for the impulse to find and locate oneself. Travelling can also be touristically motivated and as such follow the reports of predecessors. In order to achieve a temporal, as well as an economical advantage, travelling functions as part of an expansion of territory or the dimension of one’s responsibility: Travels may be motivated by the reason to possess.

Artists’ books, publications and printed matter, which have emerged from and through travels are at the core of the exhibition Travelogue as Allegory. The two-dimensional space of book pages, choreographed by the user’s logic of turning them is especially suitable to retrace three-dimensional realities and temporarily structured events. As travelogues, photo essays, adventure stories, sci-fi novels etc. they represent and reproduce personally experienced or fictional journeys, which become articulated through the publication.

Travelogue as Allegory reflects upon the connection between travelling and the artistic impulse of publishing and showing in the form of an exhibition. The choice of display is adressing both the issue of the freely circulating, ’travelling’ medium of the book, as well as its potential for use. Furthermore the connecting lines between the different publicly accessible, physical locations of books will be made visible: Two bookshops and two specialized libraries in Stockholm will display their book selections on the topic as an integral part of the exhibition.

With works by:
Ansel Adams, Lothar Baumgarten, Ulla von Brandenburg, Hussein Chalayan, Mariolijn Dijkman, Marie-Louise Ekman, Love Enqvist, Katja Eydel, Hamish Fulton, Goldin+Senneby, Martin Jacobsen, Gerry Johansson, Aglaia Konrad, Selma Lagerlöf, Carl von Linné, Rita McBride, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Shahrzad, Stephen Shore, Simon Starling, Jonathan Swift, Aby Warburg, Christopher Williams.

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