Mission to Touch the Sun: Sun Burnt

9 Feb 2019 – 17 Feb 2019

Paradise Works

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Chapel Street/Salford Central Train Station
  • Metro Shuttle Bus 2 & 3 to Chapel Street
  • Victoria Train Station (and Metrolink) or Salford Central

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Manufactured offers of the exotic drive the travel industry. Tourism is a global economy led by peoples desire to discover dream destinations and experience the authentic. By making leisure, travel and location collide seemingly easily, this offer creates expectancy of, and the want to consume and indulge in the ‘other’. Mission to Touch the Sun slaps the back of the sunburnt tourist, points the selfie stick in the air, and before the photo is taken says “tourism is a form of idealized escapism, presumed offer of the exotic and simulation of normality”. Tourists, in all their forms, can be negative agents of cultures because they seem to exist in a hyperreality which has been fed through privilege, entitlement and media. The works explore these intersections with a comical satire, cannon balling into the deep end of the plastic world of backpackers and the all-inclusive.


William Noel Clarke


Exhibiting artists

Will Kendrick

Charlie Godet Thomas


Paula Pinho Martins Nacif

Oliver Durcan

Soohyun Choi

Richard Porter

Marion Balac

Lydia Blakeley


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