Exhibition “TOURiSTE or not TOURiSTE”
South American film Encounters, Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille.
– Report presented by Boris Marchant, Cultural Consultant –
¨We wanted to bring a part of the city of Valparaíso to the port of Marseille.¨
On January 23rd the doors opened to ¨Touriste or not Touriste,¨ an art exhibition and installation that was presented as part of the 20th year of the film festival Rencontres du Cinema Sud-américain organized each year by the ASPAS association in Friche la Belle de Mai, center for arts and cultural activities in Marseille, a port city in the south of France.
Currently there exist ways of living that are undervalued by society and unique professions that are slowly disappearing. The work of the studio Fabrika has as a fundamental purpose the creation of a record of these ways of life, aiming to capture the identity of places, their inhabitants and cultural heritage.
¨Society and tourism have tried to normalize the local population, as if there were only one way of life so that eveyone would have the same expectations and aspirations¨.
The idea is to catalyze a reflection within the viewer, discarding the economic and touristic system that is responsible for the formation of a mercantile image of a place. The empowerment of the people through the preservation of their own identity is presented as a solution to this situation.
¨Touriste or not Touriste¨ is an allusion to a larger reflection around the questions of what is tourism and who is the tourist. As one element of response, we understand tourism to be a monetary structure that influences the tourist to be only an active consumer, whereas the non-tourist, or ¨traveler¨ as they can be called, does not limit their possibilities, takes the time to discover, observe and inquire about the history; their experience is based in spontaneous discovery and an interest in creating relations with the people who inhabit the place.
¨The cables hang low and bother you, at a certain point you can´t cross the gallery without running into them.”