Welkom, Hoşgeldiniz, Bienvenido, أهلا وسهلا, Welcome, 欢迎, Wilkommen, Bienvenue

This exhibition, cast in the form of a travel agency, invites you to explore the position of the tourist. This travel agency does not focus on the destination. While this exhibition places itself within a globalised form of tourism, a specific geographical context emerges, namely the point of departure. This travel agency replaces the travel agency’s model aeroplanes and photo wallpaper with a research station where each work explores its own geography and journey. As a potential tourist in this setting, the visitor is advised to investigate their departure point before the inevitable eruption of post-pandemic travel. Where do you want to go next and how? What will your point of departure be?

The tourism sector offers Western European tourists an endless range of attractions and ready-made experiences purchasable in an instant. The current generation of Western Europeans in their twenties and thirties has had the opportunity to travel to the most distant places as tourists. In today’s experience economy, enriching oneself with life experiences elsewhere is particularly valued. Western European tourists tend to have economic advantages that ensure considerable freedom of movement – a privilege that requires very little responsibility as a tourist and which creates disproportionate relationships. Relationships in which the negative effects are mainly felt by those who do not have this privilege, while the Western European tourist is usually barely aware of the privilege to be allowed and able to move through the world so freely and without borders. 

Departures investigates whether it is possible to bid farewell to the current tourism industry and the relationship between tourism and present-day (neo-)colonial power relations. The works in this exhibition have their individual geographies. The artist has already made a journey and takes the visitor with them. Through their approach and creative process, we discover what their respective starting points have been. Some works speak of tourism’s visual culture; others reflect on the tourism industry from a decolonial perspective or offer a ‘tool’ to broaden your view. This travel agency operates along these different departure points. The works activate sensory and contemplative forms of travel that initiate a different experience of place, context and navigation.

Opening times:

Wednesday & Thursday: 14.00 to 19.00
Friday: 14.00 to 21.00
Saturday & Sunday: 14.00 to 19.00

Keep in mind the current COVID-19 measures during your visit to MAMA: keep social distance, disinfect your hands and stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.

About HOME

HOME is the leitmotiv by which we encourage conversation about conceptions regarding belonging, representation and identification. HOME is a fundament, the place you return to and anchorpoint for the journey onward. HOME (offline as well as online) is the start of feeling connect to others. Under the name HOME we also present exhibitions in the showroom of MAMA. In collaboration with young makers we express interpretations about HOME | IN REAL LIFE | NETWORKS.