Fernweh, Segment II
For the occasion of the exhibition “Squaring the Circle Pt. 1 – Transforming Memories” at the 280a Project Space in Vienna, Isidora Krstic presents a work which is a continuation of her “Fernweh” project which she started in 2015. The project represents a contemplation and deconstruction of the representational and ontological aspects of landscape images found in travel brochures.
The brochure’s primary purpose as such is to present a multitude of travel destinations to the future traveller. On one hand, it plays with our memories as well as our desires in a way where it can offer the reproduction of a memory once lived through, telling us that you can relive and re-experience it, and that it is not forever lost. On the other hand, and maybe most prominently, the catalogue may trigger our innate desire to experience the ultimate ‘exotic’ and unknown place, the (literal) utopian island. It is a place where we send all of our thoughts and hopes for a ‘better world’. The catalogue can thus be seen as an apparatus which makes our memories and desires known (again), borrows them from us, negotiates them and gives us back the ultimate utopian possibility.
In the work, by cutting out and breaking down a careful selection of the offered images, the artist reassembles them to the point of making the places they represent just barely recognisable. The single images are stripped back to their most basic elements of colour and paper; geometrical and spatial elements introduced, where new spaces of interpretation are enabled to open up.
Media: cardboard and collage, various objects, dimensions variable
Year of production: 2016