The Guide

The Guide

Melanie Friend, The Guide, 2000
After experiencing Melanie Friend’s piece, The Guide, I was reflecting on the exchange that takes place between the guide and the guided… You bring your interest and attention to the guide and in exchange they take you on a journey to your site of interest… in this case the site is a slide of a place of massacre in Kosovo. An uphill view of a stony path leading to a summit of green bushes meeting blue sky and white clouds. The guide is a 17 minute soundtrack recorded on site, telling one person’s experience of the event. The exchange that Friend has created here is giving someone the chance who is willing to tell their story to an other who is willing to hear it. The gift is the way Friend has done this.

Author: bobbyhick

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