Image: © Kimbal Bumstead
"I began experimenting with the idea of a journey as a performance, and experimenting with docu-narrative video styles. For many years, I have been fascinated by hitch-hiking as a form of travel and the possibility that it offers to create unexpected encounters, and meetings with people that I would not normally have had the chance to meet. I decided to start documenting the stories of people that I met on my hitch hiking journeys, and to juxtapose those stories to landscape that they came from. "Europe: The Garden: Diagonally Backwards" is a slideshow video about a series of journeys in 'straight' lines, to create a triangle across Europe over a period of 9 months in 2012.
The stories are set against a backdrop bleak landscapes and 'non-places' such as gas stations and road sides - places which gain significance through the stories that are told. In 2014 I made a subsequent film "Horizontally Backwards" about a journey along the USA/Canada border, and down to New Orleans, also by hitch hiking".
Kimbal Quist Bumstead screened Horizontally Backwards as part of #airedeturner produced and curated by Waugh Office Productions for Venice Agendas at Turner Contemporary Margate.
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