Following the interest in McCandless´ story, my thesis will explore the parable of Christopher McCandless and his death in the Alaskan wilderness in 1992. But any deeper inquiry into the parable of McCandless demands that we take into account the actions of those who have followed in his footsteps, as these actions, when taken together with that of McCandless, will give a more comprehensive and deeper insight into the framework and the contemporary ramifications of this parable. Therefore, the actions of both McCandless and those who follow him will, in this text, be compared, critiqued, and discussed through a new reading of the wilderness they entered. In particular how the terms escape and escapism should be understood in their actions, the feeling of belonging, home and homelessness, and how these different subjects and terms can give a new holistic understanding of their actions. Through these ideas, and an inquiry into the visual project left behind from McCandless and those who follow him, the ramifications this parable has had within the culture and mentality of the late 20th and early 21st century will become evident. This reading of McCandless´ actions will simultaneously consider the actions of those who follow, to give a critical insight into what McCandless´ action meant, how it has impacted the contemporary, and how the actions of those who follow differentiates, expand, and interpret the actions of McCandless
Uten tittel (Mount Everest), 2012, Exhibition view from Haugesund Billedgalleri.
Part of the Vestlandsutstillingen NearFar 2013.
Haugesund Kunstforening, Haugesund: 08.02. – 03.03.
Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Førde: 09.03 – 02.04.
Stavanger Kunstforening, Stavanger: 11.04 – 01.05.
Kunsthuset Kabuso, Øystese: 11.05. – 02.06.
Kunstmuseet Kube, Ålesund: 08.06. – 30.06.