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Souvenir: A photographic exhibition by Martin Parr


Carrer Montalegre 5
08001 Barcelona

It is amusing living in a city like Barcelona, famous for it’s influx of tourism, just how quick it is to identify a tourist or as they say here “guiri”. This has taken the form of incessant bloggers, travel enthusiasts and amateur photographers out and about with the latest Canon camera, fixated on capturing every single moment.The digital age with its social media and fascination with sharing in real time, has transformed the world of capturing the moment – which makes it even easier to identify the tourist.  One has to then consider, just how much time is actually lost in the grand mission of collecting.

Martin Parr’s Souvenir exhibition is hosted by CCCB and runs until 21st October – encouraging those to reflect on the way in which we collate. An avid and renowned photographer, Parr is a self-confessed collector and sees photography as a natural and simple extension to collecting. A photo has the power to transform a tourist adventure in to a collection of experiences that they would then want to share. Even photos of tourist menus are displayed in the exhibition, chips in Mallorca, combination plates in Tenerife etc. It is clear to see that the main souvenir in popular culture as we see it today in arguably the photo.

There is something rather interesting about the way we are eager to savor the memory and hold on to the experience. The exhibition catalogues a variety of souvenirs that are attempts of trying to do just that; from the traditional postcard, tacky gifts, photos and more. Humor and irony is combined brilliantly, with images of seaside postcards and typical attire (socks and sandals) that we commonly associate with “the tourist”.

Barcelona is amazing!! ive been linvig here for 3 years and every year is amazing in a different way! The people are smiling, everybody is happy! there is a great expat crowd and the spanish and catalans are very welcoming and friendly, I recommend anybody to visit. Once you have been here a while, you learn how cheap barcelona can be also! Hi to everybody from barcelona-underground!!!

October 20th, 2012 at 14:12, posted by Yunus

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