Exhibition with artists’ books and printed matter: Travelogue as Allegory. Konstakademien/The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm 5th – 20th March.
(Photographer: Björn Bengtsson)
« 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 them focusing in a structural perspective on books as objects or books as reference material. Travelogue as Allegory takes this as given and sharpens the perspective as with regards to form and content. Projections and desires, which set traveling off, can be understood in different ways. They can be thought as curiosity for the unknown, as spirit of exploration, as lust for adventure, as aim for education, or as impulse to find oneself, to locate oneself. Traveling 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, traveling functions as part of expanding a 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 a.o. they represent and reproduce personally experienced or fictional journeys, which become formatted through the publication. Travelogue as Allegory is reflecting upon the connection between traveling and the artistic impulse of publishing and showing in the form of an exhibition. »
(Excerpt from text by the curator, Maja Wismer)