Switzerland-based Corinne Vionnet is our guide to the world's most famous landmarks, monuments millions have visited before. Her art is created not by acrylic, oil, or watercolor, each piece is made by combining hundreds of tourist photos into one. After conducting an online keyword search and sifting through photo sharing sites, this Swiss/French artist carefully layers 200 to 300 photos on top of one another until she gets her desired result.
Look closely and you'll see dim shadows, vague silhouettes that
aimlessly wander around. More than anything, these haunting figures make
us think about our own fading memories and the inevitable passage of
time. "Why do we always take the same picture, if not to interact with
what already exists?," Vionnet asks. "The photograph proves our
presence. And to be true, the picture will be perfectly consistent with
the pictures in our collective memory."
"This work is intrinsically linked to the people who took these
pictures," Vionnet says. "The collaboration is obvious, but it is
without their knowledge. These pictures are on the Internet, to be seen
by any eventual visitors. I am just one of those visitors. It is the
sheer quantity of these almost identical pictures that gave me the idea
of superimposing them. I do not think I would have had the idea if I had
made all these pictures of the same places myself. Anyway, the work
would loose its meaning."