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Vesna Pavlović
Search for Landscapes

The Search for Landscapes project develops around a group of found vintage slides, which depict one family’s travel around the world in the 1960s. Slides were a popular mode of recording travel from the 1960s-1980s.

This coincided with a period of American freedom of mobility and travel to the world’s exotic locations and well-known pilgrimage sites. The slide technology itself was a product of the American consumer economy, and it came at a time of projection of American power. The American tourist with camera is itself an iconic image, one whose era may have passed. She is both a consumer of places and a producer of images. Her archive represents a mediation of cultural experiences. As a tourist, she has both framed a multitude of places, as well as been framed by them. What were left in the end are images, which are fading, along with those framed experiences. The reenactment of a slide show in the installation is suggestive of this loss. Inherently sentimental, for its vintage look, and color quality, when viewed today, those images remind us of the inevitable technological shift. The ‘unpacking’ of this archive has been recast through the apparatus of the photographic representation and display.

This project is featured courtesy of BB5 / Bucharest Biennale 5

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