Raymond-Émile Waydelich

Souvenir from the Holiday in Spain, 1974

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Raymond-Émile Waydelich is fascinated by the discovery and unearthing of traces from the past. He is regarded as a collector, sculptor, magician, narrator, cartoonist and as such, his project might be described as an archaeology of the future. The title »Souvenir of the Holiday in Spain« refers to the human need to capture past experiences for the future through the storage of objects. Individual objects are presented to the viewer as symbols and clues for stories, which, however, always remain incomplete. In this way, Waydelich plays with our desire for a seamless, whole culture of remembrance and how this is destined to fail. Raymond-Émile Waydelich is fascinated by the discovery and unearthing of traces from the past. He is regarded as a collector, sculptor, magician, narrator, cartoonist and as such, his project might be described as an archaeology of the future. The title »Souvenir of the Holiday in Spain« refers to the human need to capture past experiences for the future through the storage of objects. Individual objects are presented to the viewer as symbols and clues for stories, which, however, always remain incomplete. In this way, Waydelich plays with our desire for a seamless, whole culture of remembrance and how this is destined to fail.

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