“For me, sport brings aspects that I miss in art: direct group interaction and a clear reward and penalty system”, writes artist Salim Bayri
in his itinerary for the latest edition of Incidents (of Travel)
, in which he devised an alternative day-long tour of Amsterdam for curator Àngels Miralda
. In the wake of pandemic restrictions, and with gyms, restaurants, and other indoor venues still closed, outdoor sports locations and take-away food options had taken on new significance as valued social spaces and venues for cultural stimulation.
Imagining a playfully artistic sporting challenge, Salim
’s photo collage accordingly fuses two important but seemingly contradictory aspects of the day
into a single image: exercising and snacking. The public climbing wall in Amsterdam’s Meerpark is crowned by the prize of gigantic snacks and an outsized refreshment bought from the discount supermarket chain Lidl, a branch of which also features as a stop-off en route. Lidl, writes Salim, “has a unique and nostalgic non-place feel that gives a sense of shared home. It is a micro-representation of Europe where pasteis de nata, croissants, appelflapjes, and böreks are bound together by cheapness.” Following weeks of confinement and “the strange sense of experiencing the world through a screen”, as Àngels puts it, Salim’s tour
attempts to find new routes for saved-up energy and unlikely ways of coming together.