Kourtney Roy – The Tourist
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Kourtney Roy – The Tourist

by André Frère Éditions


“Some contexts make our intentions so clear that we don’t even need to express them to be understood. With The Tourist, Kourtney Roy once again distinguishes herself as a virtuoso of contextual creation. The Tourist contains all the Roy trademarks we have come to love and expect: self-portraiture, a cinematic approach, her distinctive color palette, and a tension between the witty and the sinister, the conventional and the bizarre, the chic and the fake. We also discover with pleasure that the boundaries between reality and fantasy are blurred. But the outstanding quality of The Tourist lies in the meticulous organization of the moment when we leave our extensive world and enter his intensive one. Roy creates a visual metaphor for a world we think we know. Yet his masterful use of juxtaposition tells us that this is not the world we thought it was. The details are meticulously chiseled and arranged, the scenes both familiar and strange. The diving mask over the mouth from which a cigarette hangs, the pool boy’s mop abandoned near a fake temple; the furry mules near the water are never a good idea, nor are the stilettos on the slippery edge of a pool.

The overall effect is that of a big hammer blow to the vacation cliché. According to many studies, most people prefer the anticipation and memory to the actual experience of their vacation. That’s why photos are so important to them. They eliminate disappointment and create a pearly memory of pleasures that never happened. Roy reverses the ritual by taking us to a setting that is seemingly glamorous, but is actually much closer to our own experience: one-night stands turned into romantic affairs; boredom that leads to emptying a bottle of booze in an extreme version of the cocktail enjoyed poolside; ice cream that melts and sinks among the knock-off jewelry; a sense of trepidation, as if someone is about to yell “Shark!”, but not to signal the presence of a turquoise plastic bladder…”

Del Barrett, extract

SKU: FIS-BOK-084 Category:

Publisher: André Frère Éditions
Photographs: Kourtney Roy
Text: Del Barrett
Languages: French / English
Design: João Lineu
Traduction: Brice Matthieussent
Format: bound, 24 x 32 cm
Pages: 132 pages, 93 photographs colors
With the support of the Région Sud, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Additional information

Dimensions 24 × 32 cm

André Frère Éditions

Cofondateur et éditeur chez Images en Manoeuvres Éditions, après avoir obtenu en 2011 le prix Nadar avec Jean Christian Bourcart pour l’ouvrage Camden et en juillet 2012 le «Prix du livre historique» aux Rencontres d’Arles pour l’ouvrage Les livres de photographie d’Amérique Latine de Horacio Fernandez, André Frère crée sa propre maison début 2013.

Chez Images En Manœuvres, André Frère développa de nombreuses coéditions avec des éditeurs étrangers et il suivit en particulier des auteurs comme Antoine d’Agata, Anders Petersen, Vanessa Winship, Patrick Tournebœuf, Christopher Anderson, Martin Parr, Thibaut Cuisset, Dulce Pinzon, et de jeunes talents comme Marion Gronier, Hana Jakrlova, Arja Hyytiainen ou Alexa Brunet.

Issu des arts graphiques et directeur artistique de formation, André Frère s’est toujours attaché dans ses productions à explorer le travail de la forme, des matières et du graphisme, chaque livre est adapté au travail du photographe afin de le servir et de l’exprimer au mieux.

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