The Talisman - Antonia Dewhurst
Location: ‘@20’ Station Road
Open: Monday 7th October - Sunday 20th October // Time: 10am-4pm
For a period of time, during the five years since it ceased trading, The Royal Hotel in Llandudno provided refuge for a transitory population of asylum seekers and other homeless people who squatted on the premises.
One such resident had taken a copy of The Talisman by Sir Walter Scott from the Hotel’s bookshelf and left it in Room 18.
Published in 1825, the novel is set against a background of war in the Middle East at the time of The Crusades and opens at an oasis in Syria. It focuses on the Third Crusade which had been triggered by the conquest in 1187 of almost the whole of Palestine, including Jerusalem, by Salah-ed-Din Yusef ibn Ayub or Saladin.
The plot revolves around the Crusaders' camp in the Holy Land which is being torn apart by tensions between rival leaders.
Antonia uses short extracts from the novel to supplement the hotel’s notices and signs. They resonate, disconcertingly, with the plight of contemporary refugees.
“They passed, like shadows…”
The Talisman – Sir Walter Scott
Antonia Dewhurst is an artist and photographer living and working in North Wales. She is interested in our complex relationship with what we call home.