The series “Souvenir: Memories of a journey never made” is the result of a staged journey inspired by the ultimate clichés among travel photography. The posing in stunning landscapes, sunsets, les animaux sauvages, exotic food, the indigenous population: they almost become icons. By recreating these images, photography enables me to visit distant worlds and gather souvenirs of a journey that has never been made. Why buy expensive flight tickets, when I can accomplish the same with my imagination? Using a camera, I don’t have to leave my house to experiences life’s visual marvels.
About the artist
LONNEKE VAN DER PALEN was born in Netherlands in 1985. She studied at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. She is frequently exhibiting his work in Europe. Van de Palen plays with people’s experience: recognizable elements and visual clichés are combined in such a way that onlookers are continually thrown off balance.