I'll walk beside you - Hotel Metropole, Venice curated by James Putnam 29th May - 22nd November, 2013
The installation comprises a 19th century chest containing the possessions of an imagined female guest who visited the hotel in a past era. I'll walk beside you is the title of a song on an old record that McVeigh has included in the installation along with other found objects. It relates to the notion that objects are receptacles for memory and their tangibility has an ontological significance. It also proposes that their inherent histories can transfer a sense of universality to the viewer. This is part of Hotel Metropole's ongoing series of Biennale projects curated by James Putnam that celebrate that Sigmund Freud stayed here when he visited Venice in the 1890s.
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