Accompanied by the publication Sightseeing. This body of work was first exhibited as a series of postcards in the traveling exhibition and publication Sightseeing: an exhibition and publication of postcards that explores the representation of place in contemporary German and New Zealand photography.“Equal parts detective and pilgrim, Ann Shelton photographed the truck stops along the interstate where Aileen Wournos was a working girl. The series Interstate, Florida 2001, represents a journey, Wournos’ clearly, but also Shelton’s – following in her footsteps. The images represent what Peter Osbourne describes as the “interior geography of the traveller”. Interstate, Florida signals that artists travel for very different reasons than for pleasure-seeking tourism. Shelton takes on multiple roles as researcher, journalist or perhaps investigator, collecting or construing evidence. These parking lots are a kind of anti-travel photography, the result of a very particular road trip, informed by a specific vein of investigation.”
Scott, Hanna, Sightseeing: an exhibition and publication of postcards that explores the representation of place in contemporary German and New Zealand photography.