TOURISTS


Colour photographs
2004-2006





ESSAY


Tourism as a form of contemporary organized behaviour presupposes certain conditions. One of them is the freedom of movement and the other is the existence of one's home—"One cannot be a tourist and at the same time have problems with home", notices Boris Miljkovic in his essay. Jelena Juresa views the life of a tourist as a phenomenon with established rules of collective behaviour and repetition. Juresa displaces the tourist from his/her usual milieu, putting him/her in a situation which requires a different reading of the portrayed subject—"[T]heir jaunty lightheartedness becomes our longing. They become the desired I."

"They take photos of paintings in Louvre to show them to their friends or prove that they have been Here, and we take photos of them because, for us, they are far more important than being Here.
They are a material proof that one can travel easily, and our photographs are a proof that one cannot travel easily.
In that sense, tourism doesn’t exist for us. It has never existed. First, we were poor, then uninterested, then poor again, then uninformed, then poor again.
Furthermore, we have problems with home.
One cannot be a tourist and at the same time have problems with home. In order to be a tourist man always has to return home."

(excerpt from the text, Boris Miljkovic, AT HOME HE IS A TOURIST, Jelena Juresa - Tourists, exhibition catalogue, L'Institut français de Belgrad, 2006)