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"Tourists - here today, gone tomorrow" seeks to present tourists as ephemeral creatures, offering the dimension of tourists effect on the places they come to see. They are presented as being ghostly - passing through with no footprint. Is there an effect other than the economic? What is our relationship to them? Do they bring their culture to us? How does our community relate to theirs? 

Atrium Gallery - "Tourists" - 2015


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Tourists - here today, gone tomorrow

Tourism has grown since the early 1800s when industrialization created a middle class with the time and resources to travel for pleasure. Thomas Cook first organized his fellow Temperance activists for a train ride to a meeting in about 1840. By 1890 Thomas Cook and Son sold 3.25 million tickets for travel. In 2012 international tourist arrivals reached a billion persons a year for the first time.

The wants & needs of tourists and their impact on the cultures of the places they visit have been studied extensively by the tourism industry, economists, sociologists and anthropologists. One major idea in the last 25 years has been the "tourist gaze", observing that local cultures present themselves in ways that maximize tourist dollars, even when those efforts fundamentally falsify both current and historical cultural practise to satisfy the preconceptions of the tourists.

"Tourists - here today, gone tomorrow" seeks to present tourists as ephemeral creatures, offering the dimension of tourists effect on the places they come to see. They are presented as being ghostly - passing through with no footprint. Is there an effect other than the economic? What is our relationship to them? Do they bring their culture to us? How does our community relate to theirs? 

The artist has "stamped" on these snapshots heavily. What does this representation of tourists mean to you? What does the artist think of tourists and tourism? Would the artist be comfortable as a tourist? Are you?

Exhibition:

Atrium Gallery, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr, Ottawa

March 20 - April 20, 2015
Vernissage March 23rd, 6 - 8 pm
Artist's talk April 2nd, 6 pm

Links:

Video interview
CHUO Audio Interview
Complete show text
Artist's talk
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