‘What, actually, can a stranger see?’ – Kurt Tucholsky
Karin van Pinxteren exhibits a poetic reflection of her ambivalent travel experiences from 13 June to 25 July 2020. Many works now arise from the journey, the city or the village and the contemplation. Thus Naples, Las Vegas, Valencia, Europe, Mas de Charrou, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Venice and Chelva have ended up in a work.
What is special about these ‘travel reports’ is that although they are exact representations of experiences at locations and are therefore location-specific, they are not explicitly about the cities in question. They are reflections on the other and the self, in short poetry. In this way, the work concerns both the city and the mental space at the same time.
In the installation, the poetically visual works about Europe communicate with those about China. Fitting to the moment, the installation reflects on our relationship to travelling, to exploring new paths, ‘the Chinese’ and, as always, the I and the other.
The book Nachtportier (Night Porter) with short travel reflections has been published to accompany the exhibition.