23/10/2021 - 20/02/2022 · Museum der Moderne Salzburg - Mönchsberg
Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday
Ellen Harvey: The Disappointed Tourist
Ellen Harvey (Farnborough, GB, 1967) uses the medium of painting to examine phenomena such as aesthetic nostalgia (why is what is in the past beautiful?), which informs our perception and treatment of nature and landscapes. Interrogating conventional modes and elements of representation, she also brings into focus the negative effects these traditions have on society and politics today. Humor and spectacle often serve her as devices that seduce the beholders into changing their way of thinking. The Disappointed Tourist, Harvey’s first solo show in Austria, will feature altogether sixteen works. It takes its title from the central series The Disappointed Tourist: since 2019, Harvey has painted places that people name in response to a question she asks online—“Is there a place that you have always wanted to visit or revisit that no longer exists?” The project seeks to localize existential memories, mapping a spectrum that ranges from traumatic experiences like war, racism, and ecological disasters to the more mundane losses inflicted by technological change or gentrification, from cultural sites of the first rank to deeply personal favorite spots, from locales that disappeared only recently to the vanished wonders of antiquity.
For her exhibition in Salzburg, Harvey will continue to accept suggestions at the email address DisappointTourist@gmail.comand in person during the presentation.