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.
For all that, each travel inherits the potential to create a visionary outcome, 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 digital 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 photo and video? What about the promise of paradise, the dreams of and longings for travel? How can space and time be framed in the picture?