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Turistario
Commonplaces of the new Barbarians

Duccio Canestrini
Year 1993
Baldini & Castoldi, Milan

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Turistario
 
Airport-art buyers, Banana republicans, Cash-cows (charter passengers), Eden-seekers, Freakwent travellers, Go-natives!, Hilton-folks, H.T.I. (Hyper tanned idiots), Safarians & Big fivers, Slides pushers, Snowbirds, Touristophobes, Tropical-chics, Wreck tourists, Yacht people and the whole mass of dwellers of playas del anywhere , where show-indios perform. Just for them. Turistario is a small anthropological dictionary collecting the jargon of the globetrotters' tribe (Homo turisticus). And it is also a handbook of touristwatching. But who are these vandals that slash their signatures on baobab and Michelangelo? Who are these Ulysses that "have done" Italy, Kenya and Thailand, as if they were cultural heroes that really made these countries? Who are these photomaniacs? Tourists!, i.e. the new barbarians. I.e. us, with no exceptions. We that pretend to believe in "exclusive paradises". We that on holidays hurry up and buy things, exactly as we do when we are home, and once back are eager to overwhelm neighbours with our Odyssey.


 
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