Garland, inkjet color print on wood, 40 x 40 cm, 2010
Kochin, inkjet color print on wood, 40 x 40 cm, 2010
Library, inkjet color print on wood, 40 x 40 cm, 2010
Rainbow, inkjet color print on wood, 40 x 40 cm, 2010
Temple, inkjet color print on wood, 40 x 40 cm, 2010

Footprints of a Traveller

ABSTRACT

The aim of these works is to explore the cultural communication as an inherent part of any voyage.

In 2002 my husband and I made a documentary on life and works of an early traveller and missionary, Filip Vezdin, an ethnic Croat from Lower Austria. Exploring his traces throughout South India we unveiled hidden legacy he left there: dozens of books of poetry he wrote on Malayalam – language of South Indian state of Kerala. He translated the Bible to Malayalam, thus enabling Christians of Kerala access to the Holy Scriptures in their own language. At the same time, he was the author of the very first Sanskrit grammar published in Europe. That particular effort paved the way to establishing linguistics as scientific discipline of its own.

For me, Vezdin was above all great communicator. With his work he contributed towards better understanding of Indian culture in early eighteen century Europe, as well as Western cultures, systems and societies in India. The intention of this project is therefore to re-interpret these efforts with the means of contemporary art. Photographs used here are witnessing the gap of more than two centuries between the times of Filip Vezdin and our own time. This is my personal journey based on Vezdin’s itinerary, aimed at analysing that gap. Since tools of Vezdin's endeavours were words, I used here photography and hand written words that are detached from their context, therefore becoming graphemes rather then visual interpretation of their meanings.