Dream Places

Found images from travel advert magazines 8" x11" (each) 2019

4 x 4 in (each of 365), 2014

The work Dream Places derives inspiration from Jean Jacques Rousseau’s words , “The first person who, having enclosed a plot of land, took it into his head to say this is mine and found people simple enough to believe him….. Do not listen to this imposter, You are lost if you forget that the fruits of the earth belong to all and the earth to no one!”

His words resonate perfectlyin the present context of an image driven world, where there is a constant influx of images and advertisements selling the idea of exploring mysterious destinations across the Earth through themed or planned holidays for hefty prices. While the travel industry negotiates the discovery of free land through capitalist construction and other methods, what is ironic is that the Earth is neither theirs to sell, nor do the travel advertisements convey the mass degradation of environment across the places they market as tourist packages.

The work, then, is a satire on the idea of places which are marketed as dream destinations despite the fact that they may no longer be dreamy.