Cinderella Tours Europe is a series of photographs which grew out of the numerous interviews Joy conducted during a four month research trip around the Caribbean. From Panama to Jamaica, from Haiti to Surinam, for many Europe was the place of unattainable dreams regarded in the same way as others may imagine Ancient Greece or the Roman Empire. In this work the people of these formerly colonized nations are wrapped in the narrative of a fairy princess with a lost identity, transformed into a pair of gold shoes then transported around the major sites/sights of Europe. On this Grand Tour the shoes are photographed in front of familiar landmarks in the style of so many tourist photographs. In the mind of the traveller the aim of the journey is to see, record and return.
Suggested further reading
Continental Drift: Europe Approaching the Millenium – 10 Photographic Commissions, Ed: Michael Sand & Anne McNeill, Publisher: Prestal, 1998
Continental Drift: Europe Approaching the Millenium – FORUM 4, Intro – Andrew Patritzio, Publisher: Fruitmarket Gallery / Edinburgh College of Art, 1999
Cinderella – Exhbition Catalogue, Curator / Editor: Esteban Lozano Diez, Publisher: Archivo del Territorio Historica de Alava, 2003
Objects of Beauty, Editorial Coordination: Bree Seeley, Publisher: Chris Boot Ltd / Autograph, 2004
To Travel in Her Shoes – Joy Gregory’s Cinderella Tours Europe 1997–2001, Essay: Dr Cheryl Finley, Publication: NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art- ISSUE 21, 2008