Posts Tagged ‘history’

From the first known map of the trading world (inscribed on a Babylonian clay tablet in 600 BC) to Abu Abd Allah Muhammad al-Idrisi’s 1154 world map, to National Geographic’s rendering of the earth’s ocean floor, cartographic representations have helped us imagine and navigate trade routes, political states, scientific discoveries and geographic territories.

Published maps have typically been the province of dominant cultures. But that is changing. Minority perspectives have exploded, supported by the latest technological developments, popular culture and commercial currents (see “La Frontera,” April 6). Many people—artists or not—have re-imagined their world by way of Google Earth, GPS technology, MapQuest, cell phones, and even their own five senses. (See This American Life.) (more…)

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…the Columbian artist Doris Salcedo’s “Shibboleth,” at the Tate Museum, London, through April 5th. It’s a 548-foot installation piece that divides the floor of the Tate’s Turbine Hall. According to the artist it, “represents borders, the experience of immigrants, the experience of segregation, the experience of racial hatred.” Can the viewer make all of these connections from a crack in the floor? I await first hand accounts. Also of interest is Salcedo’s 2003 site-specific installation of chairs, created for the 8th Istanbul Biennial. She is an artist whose projects speak powerfully to the separation from, or containment of, memory and history. It is interesting to compare the monumentality of her work to that of Richard Serra. Where Serra’s work feels threatening, dangerous yet magnetic, Salcedo‘s large-scale works have the resonance of poetry.

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