Travelling has a variety of nuances. One can travel physically from one place to another as a tourist or traveller, but people also migrate for personal reasons or due to natural or human catastrophes. At the same time, journeys can, in times of a global pandemic, happen at a metaphorical level. Through sleep, dream and death, mind and body may wander and experience transformation into other states of being.
Each travel incorporates within it the potential to create a narrative vision, as Ibn Battuta wrote:
Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.
All selected artists work with photography or video. Both media have the ability to narrate and depict tales of voyages. Cameras are also popular travel companions. Their handy format, minimal weight and reproductive character allow photos and videos to become nomadic storytellers. They can easily move from one place to another, while their surfaces show lasting traces of past journeys.
The title “VOYAGOGRAPHY – Journeys on photo and video” refers to the central questions of the exhibition: How can physical, digital and mental journeys materialize on photographic paper or in a video? What about the promise of paradise, the dreams of and longings for travel? How can space and time be framed in the picture?
The exhibition will travel from Vienna (philomena+) to Teheran (Ag Galerie) and
Shiraz (Sarv-e Naz Gallery).
The exhibition will travel from Vienna (philomena+) to Teheran (Ag Galerie) and Shiraz (Sarv-e Naz Gallery).