OLIVER WHITEHEAD
Detour
7.10.2006 – 29.10.2006

Beachcraze from series Souvenir
C-print
120 x 130 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

 OLIVER WHITEHEAD

'Consumerism is the greatest device anyone has invented for controlling people. New fantasies, new dreams and dislikes, new souls to heal. '

(J.G.Ballard: Kingdom Come )

Tourism that began as a way of organizing vacations has almost become a right of passage to any part on the world that can create almost any kind of holiday you desire. Viewed from the 'home', through the ubiquitous media, we are constantly prompted about the exits to leisure, escapism and adventure via; the internet, news, television, film, brochures, shopping, magazines, adverts etc. A vacation usually begins with viewing seductive self-promoting advertising images that will be with us as we are guided through the holiday.

' Detour ' looks at the contrasts surrounding of the tourist look that is loaded with images and messages that influence us without us being able to affect their source. But nevertheless, in response to these images, we construe for ourselves holidays in which we hope to experience.

In the tourist media-scape we holiday among the purpose built leisure resorts that provide facilities with their conveniently placed souvenir shops filled with, kitsch, clichÈs and the 'theatrical' mementoes that entice us to endorse our visit.

In making this exhibition, I moved through various kinds of 'leisure-scapes', real and imagined using digital imaging to create the works that resulted a dual photographic exhibition of visited resorts and imagined experiences. One part consists of documentary photographs taken in and around holiday resorts, whilst the other are digital collage images constructed from various sources of tourist related images.

Oliver Whitehead

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whitehead/2006/pineapple

Pineapple from series Souvenir, 2006
C-print
90 x 90 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/beachcraze

Beachcraze from series Souvenir
C-print
120 x 130 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/fishhotel

Fishhotel from series Souvenir, 2006
C-print
130 x 134 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/balcony

Balcony from series Souvenir, 2006
C-print
120 x 202 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/pillowstalk

Pillowstalk from series Souvenir, 2006
C-print
90 x 156 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/flipside

Flipside from series Souvenir, 2006
C-print
120 x 183 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/mermaid

Mermaid from series Souvenir, 2006
C-print
120 x 167 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/parrot

Parrot from series Souvenir, 2006
C-print
120 x 163 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/palmpool

Palmpool from series Souvenir, 2006
C-print
120 x 180 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/loveletter

Loveletter from series Souvenir, 2006
C-print
90 x 135 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/boatpool

Boatpool from series Souvenir, 2006
C-print
90 x 123 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/sunburnt

Sunburnt from series Souvenir, 2006
C-print
120 x 176 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/seachange

Seachange from series Souvenir, 2006
C-print
90 x 135 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/post-card

Post-card from series Souvenir, 2006
C-print
90 x 135 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/airportbench

Airportbench from series Travel, 2005
C-print
60 x 60 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/beachtoys

Beachtoys from series Travel
C-print
60 x 60 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/cloudspool

Cloudspool from series Travel, 2006
C-print
60 x 60 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/nighterrace

Nighterrace from series Travel, 2005
C-print
60 x 60 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/playground

Playground from series Travel, 2005
C-print
60 x 60 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/pool

Pool from series Travel, 2005
C-print
60 x 60 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/poolday

Poolday from series Travel, 2005
C-print
60 x 60 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/poolnight

Poolnight from series Travel, 2005
C-print
60 x 60 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/sunheads

Sunheads from series Travel, 2005
C-print
60 x 60 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/tracksand

Tracksand from series Travel, 2005
C-print
60 x 60 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/waiting

Waiting from series Travel, 2005
C-print
60 x 60 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/waitingroom

Waitingroom from series Travel, 2005
C-print
60 x 60 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

whitehead/2006/walkway

Walkway from series Travel, 2005
C-print
60 x 60 cm
edition 6 + 2AP

 
 
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