technical info

4'10" (loop)

MiniDV PAL — colour — non spoken

Gizeh-Blankenberghe - Ria Pacquée, 2006

Ria Pacquée returns to Egypt, showing some of the sights and sounds which follow the sea of tourists which descends on Egypt every year. Against a back-drop of familiar gods, stylised figures and hieroglyphs, a steady stream of behatted, sunglass-wearing figures take photographs and record video footage. Following a path marked out with rope, fencing and stairs, they see only the Egypt shipped here for their benefit — souvenir shops, markets, camel rides, chip stands and tour-guides with clipboards. Pacquée draws comparisons between the mass-produced souvenirs and the original works that inspired them, contrasting the authentic with the synthetic experience. On top of that she adds an extra layer of simulacrum, found on the beaches of Blankenberghe.