Session 4: Cinderella Tours Europe



Speaker: Joy Gregory

Artist whose work has been influenced by a combination of race, gender and aesthetics

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

Ed: Michael Sand & Anne McNeill, Continental Drift: Europe Approaching the Millenium – 10 Photographic Commissions, (Prestal, 1998)

Intro – Andrew Patritzio, Continental Drift: Europe Approaching the Millenium – FORUM 4, (Fruitmarket Gallery / Edinburgh College of Art, 1999

Curator / Editor: Esteban Lozano Diez, Cinderella – Exhbition Catalogue, (Archivo del Territorio Historica de Alava, 2003

Bree Seeley, Objects of Beauty, Editorial Coordination,(Chris Boot Ltd / Autograph, 2004

Essay: Dr Cheryl Finley„ To Travel in Her Shoes Joy Gregory’s Cinderella Tours Europe 19972001, (NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art – Issue 21, 2008)