Jeremy Millar

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Monument to Entropy (Hotel Palenque)

Framed receipt; safety deposit box key; photographic contact sheets

In 1999, my wife and I stayed in the Hotel Palenque in the Yucatan region of Mexico, a hotel perhaps now best known as the subject of a piece of work by the American artist Robert Smithson made during his stay in the hotel (with his wife and gallerist) some thirty years previously. Smithson took a number of photographs of the hotel, which he used in a lecture given to architecture students at the University of Utah in 1972. One morning, I replicated these photographs, alongside some new, stylistically-similar images, on a single roll of film. This film was then placed in one of the hotel’s safety deposit boxes; the film was not retrieved upon our departure and I retain the key, the box now transformed into a time-capsule, a document of the hotel as it was that summer morning.
    The installation photographs show the exhibition at Sleeper, Edinburgh, in November–December 2007. This exhibition consisted of the framed receipt for the safety deposit box, the key for the box, and the photographic contact sheets from the series of ‘re-photographs’.

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