Glowry, a glow-in-the-dark installation by Emilie Walsh, comments on the eurocentric male view of the so-called 'Greatest adventurers of all time'.
The ten portraits in Glowry are all named in the internet pop culture article, 'Who is the greatest adventurer of all time?' published in 'Men's Journal' in 2014.
Walsh is intrigued with the cliché of adventure, and what constitutes the 'myth' of adventure from a popular culture point of view. The magazine 'Men's Journal', claims itself as a platform for male culture. The article presents these figures as great adventurers, and they all happen to be male and white: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, Christopher Columbus, Alexander Von Humbolt, Jean-François De La Perousse, Jacques Cartier, Robert Livingston, Robert Peary, Vasco De Gama and Richard Francis Burton.
These men did indeed inform the myth of adventure, and all made contributions to Western knowledge, living intense and rich lives. But they also all belong to the Western world. An alternative role model for people who do not relate to this identity is not readily offered. The ten figures in Glowry are illuminated under bright spotlights, reminiscent of a glamorous photo-shoot. They shine for a while, then fade out, before being under the spotlight again.
Stare at them, kill them with your gaze, and imagine new narratives for adventure tomorrow.