A Perfect Alibi
This series explores ideas and ideals of landscape, cartography and territory, evoking the memories and myths often found in a historical belief of place. Accompanied by quotes from Baudrillard's 'Cool Memories' (from which the title is derived) and Edward Abbey's 'Desert Solitaire', the texts also include personal reflections on desert landscapes and excerpts from a fictionalised account of a 19th century explorer of the western regions of North America. These camera-less images use abrasion to create a surface relief in photosensitive paper and are developed in the darkroom. Each image contains the trace of the object(s) and gesture that created it, but become topographical abstractions questioning notions of place, region, and mapmaking.
Joanne Dorothea-Smith • Susan Glover • Ian Harris • Vanessa Miles • Jane Prior • Nic Sullivan •