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Front façade of 1210 East First Street, Kurt Cobain’s childhood home

Front façade of 1210 East First Street, Kurt Cobain’s childhood home

Hotel Composition #4 (Dunlop Tortex), 2014, Photograph

Hotel Composition #4 (Dunlop Tortex), 2014, Photograph

Then, if you are lucky, even you leave, 2014

Then, if you are lucky, even you leave, 2014

Viretta Park, view of 171 Lake Washington Boulevard East

Viretta Park, view of 171 Lake Washington Boulevard East

Pen Cap Chew #2, 2014, Brass

Pen Cap Chew #2, 2014, Brass

Art - Small Collections Room

Then, if you are lucky, even you leave

An exhibition by Jacqueline Bebb for the Small Collections Room

04 Jul 2015 - 11 Aug 2015

Amsterdam-based artist Jacqueline Bebb has transformed the Small Collections Room into a three-dimensional travelogue, documenting the 2000 mile road trip she undertook in July 2014 to Washington State, USA, to visit the locations associated with Nirvana and Kurt Cobain. During her travels, Bebb became the biographer of Cobain through the anecdotal, sometimes biographical stories of her own trip.

Bebb is interested in the concept of the travelogue as a form of self-representation, and a way to record and re-tell the stories of exploration and self-exploration through travel. Then, if you are lucky, even you leave explores the nature of cultural obsessions, hometowns, forgotten public spaces and friendship through subjects as diverse as Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Allegory of Good and Bad Government, Nirvana bootlegs and the pocket sculptures of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

Before the trip, and in lieu of any formal tour or guide, Bebb used the Charles R. Cross biography ‘Heavier Than Heaven’ to compile a list of the most significant places of interest in the life of Kurt Cobain. In Aberdeen (his hometown), this amounted to the 14 homes, businesses and municipal areas in which he lived, went to school, hung out in or got into trouble at.

The resulting travelogue is made up of various texts, notes and biographical pieces placed alongside a series of photographs that she took during the journey at the various homes and places of interest in the life of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. Alongside the travelogue, Bebb presents a multitude of objects collected and created during her trip, as well as those that are the subject of the biographical stories within the travelogue, such as And then she will bring me (Barq’s and Camel Lights) and Hotel Composition #4 (Dunlop Tortex); ‘temporary objects’ produced during the journey and documented in the hotel rooms they were made in.

Jacqueline Bebb was born in Chester, UK, in 1977. She lives and works in Amsterdam, NL. Recent exhibitions include; V&A Museum, London, UK (2014); Annet Gelink, Amsterdam, NL (2013); Aldeburgh Beach South Lookout, Suffolk, UK (2013); Mostyn, Wales, UK (2013); CO2, Rome, IT (2012); Mexico, Leeds, UK (2012); Grand Union, Birmingham, UK (2012); DIENSTGEBÄUDE, Zurich, CH (2012); Limoncello, London, UK (2011).

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