“Direct your eye right inward, and you’ll find A thousand regions in your mind Yet undiscovered. Travel them, and be Expert in home-cosmography.” – William Habington
In an age of globalization and cultural cross-pollination, why splurge on expensive airplane tickets when one can travel far without ever leaving the country?
Lunar reliefs. Misty forests. Broad white stretches of land dotted here and there by discoverers clad in colorful parkas. A trio of skiers. Mushers and sled dogs. Polar encampments… The setting is misleading. The map is not the territory; nor is the photographed landscape. Meanwhile, a drifting fog comes and goes, like a curtain rising and falling on our stage: a fantasized Far North.
Bout du Monde (“End of the World”) is an invitation to embark on a motionless journey, a walk on the edge of imagination, a quest for distant territories tucked into one’s own geographic backyard, in an attempt to explore the ever shifting border between familiar and exotic, near and far, reality and fiction.