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Ryan, Paul (2009) Souvenir. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Ryan, Paul

Souvenir was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum for inclusion in their exhibition Unspeakable: the artist as witness to the Holocaust (4 Sept 2008 – 31 August 2009). The work sought to engender a quality of 'surprised realisation' when one becomes aware that one is a tourist (in the context of visiting a former concentration camp). A revolving postcard rack holds cards which the visitor can take; but there is no indication of whether they need to be paid for. In an art exhibit this provokes some additional complexity. The cards reproduce the nearby drawing ‘Concentrate’, a plan drawing of what the Nazi architect planned for the town if they had won WWII, and a drawing of a peacock from an original pre-war postcard of the town.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 2009
Funders: Imperial War Museum
Related Websites: http://archive.iwm.org.uk/upload/package/99/index.html, http://www.paulryan.dircon.co.uk/
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LocationFrom DateTo Date
Imperial War Museum exhibition 'Unspeakable: the artist as witness to the Holocaust'4 September 200831 August 2009
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2013 16:05
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 04:46
Item ID: 6096
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/6096

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