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Cinderella Tours Europe

Gregory, Joy (2001) Cinderella Tours Europe. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Gregory, Joy

‘Cinderella Tours Europe’ is a series of nineteen photographs, and was commissioned by the Organisation of Visual Arts (London). This practice-based research has its origins in a small part of an earlier research, ‘Memory and Skin’, which included interviews with Caribbean people about what Europe is like. ‘Cinderella Tours Europe’ involved the invention of a character of Caribbean origin who is continually looking out towards the big cities of Europe where she dreams of a more better life. The narrative of Cinderella is the journey taken by a pair of golden high-healed shoes. These shoes both represent a perceived European glamour conflated with the moneyed perception of some aspects of Caribbean life especially the corruption associated with cocaine cartels. On this Grand Tour the landmark subjects of tourist photography such as the Eiffel Tower become a backdrop to the shoes and the shoes become a metaphor for the tourist in the foreground of the photographs.

‘Cinderella Tours Europe’ was first exhibited at Pitshanger Manor Gallery, London, 22 March 2001. It had a second solo exhibition at Archivo Del Territoria Historico De Alva, Vittoria-Gasteiz, Spain in 2003. The series of 20 photographs are reproduced in the artist’s book ‘Objects of Beauty’ in 2004 published with the support of Arts Council England and Autograph. The series is also discussed with Rohini Malik Okon in the interview with the artist appearing in the volume.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Date: 26 October 2001
Related Publications: A catalogue accompanied the exhibition at Archivo Del Territoria Historico
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Pitshanger Manor Gallery, London.22 March 2001
Archivo Del Territoria Historico De Alva, Vittoria-Gasteiz, Spain.2003
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2009 10:31
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2010 14:05
Item ID: 1345
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1345

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