New Colonial explores the seemingly innocuous world of tourist souvenirs. By documenting a wide range of such items, I wanted to reach an understanding of how tourism impacts upon indigenous cultures and to question whether this can be seen as form of colonialism. Souvenirs typically represent a narrow, preconceived view of a culture. Consequently, this collection allows us to consider not only what these items imply about the host nations, but also what they reveal about the worldview of Western tourists. Accompanying texts detail the material and socio-cultural origins of each object. It is thus possible to see how tourism might fossilize, misrepresent or trivialize the cultural practices it purports to celebrate. Visit www.newcolonial.co.uk for text and image pairings.
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