In this article, a series of reflections and connections revolving around place, image, and thought are proposed. The object of study for the discussion is a 1932 (approximately) postcard from Ibiza owned by Walter Benjamin, as well as several of his texts related to his visits to the Spanish island. Here, names, tales, and images form an essential part of a discussion that unpacks how images and tourism are able to invisibilize people and cultures, as well as make places disappear altogether—or at least transform their meanings. Read in alternate modes and seen through different categories and perspectives usually ignored, the postcard and the texts allow us to rethink a site’s place, its image, and the way we think about it, particularly through a context of heavy touristification.
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