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The exposition

The exposition

1 - on borders and territories

1 - on borders and territories

1 - on borders and territories

1 - on borders and territories

The exposition

The exposition

1 - on borders and territories

1 - on borders and territories

1 - on borders and territories

1 - on borders and territories

1 - on borders and territories

1 - on borders and territories

1 - on borders and territories (border-souvenirs)

1 - on borders and territories (border-souvenirs)

1 - on borders and territories (border-souvenirs)

1 - on borders and territories (border-souvenirs)

2 - Potemkin villages

2 - Potemkin villages

2 - Potemkin villages

2 - Potemkin villages

2 - Potemkin villages

2 - Potemkin villages

3 - the case of Sandy Island

3 - the case of Sandy Island

3 - the case of Sandy Island

3 - the case of Sandy Island

3 - the case of Sandy Island

3 - the case of Sandy Island

3 - the case of Sandy Island

3 - the case of Sandy Island

3 - the case of Sandy Island

3 - the case of Sandy Island

3 - the case of Sandy Island; Postcards

3 - the case of Sandy Island; Postcards

4 - the case of Agloe town

4 - the case of Agloe town

4 - the case of Agloe town

4 - the case of Agloe town

4 - the case of Agloe town

4 - the case of Agloe town

4 - the case of Agloe town

4 - the case of Agloe town

4 - the case of Agloe town

4 - the case of Agloe town

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    The exposition

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    1 - on borders and territories

  • 3

    1 - on borders and territories

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    1 - on borders and territories

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    1 - on borders and territories (border-souvenirs)

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    1 - on borders and territories (border-souvenirs)

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    2 - Potemkin villages

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    2 - Potemkin villages

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    2 - Potemkin villages

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    3 - the case of Sandy Island

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    3 - the case of Sandy Island

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    3 - the case of Sandy Island

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    3 - the case of Sandy Island

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    3 - the case of Sandy Island

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    3 - the case of Sandy Island; Postcards

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    4 - the case of Agloe town

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    4 - the case of Agloe town

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    4 - the case of Agloe town

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    4 - the case of Agloe town

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    4 - the case of Agloe town

 

Class of strange Geography


(The numbers on the pictures indicate their chapter.)

“Class of strange Geography” is a research based project about geographical mismatches between a map and a real territory. The whole instaliation works as map in a way - you can see / explore / visit its parts separately or make a route, because all of the parts are connected in one way or another. So a map here becomes an object of inspiration, a final result, a way of connection-thinking and its geo-based visualisation in a gallery room. Here I give a route that I consider to be logical, but the viewer is welcome to change it and find his own way around.

1. What is a map, what is its ralation with reality, what is a border between territories, what is between geography and politics? Looking for answers I made the “golden” souvenirs - pendants for complicated borders of the world like India-Pakistan, South-North Korea, etc. Also, while thinking about the topic of border (it is a kind of a monument and a void between two places in the same time), the A4 paper, divided in the shape of South-North Koreas border, was made with few other works.

2. “Potemkin village” means a place, which is made to give a different impression than it really is. One example is Kijong-Dong city in North Korea, right there at the border with South Korea. But I took a more historical approach and analyzed a disturbing case of Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp in a series of silkscreen prints. A delegation of the Danish Red Cross had to come to the concentration camp in order to see the living conditions there. A huge performance took place to make the camp look better. Cafes, flowers, children shows, special money, jewish policemen, good food. Special maps were given to the visitors not to get lost and follow the sad (and actually convincing) spectacle. The “show” was a success.

3. Two cases showing geographical mismatches with reality. One of them is Sandy Island (an island near Australia), which was discovered in the 18th century and was in maps for a quite a while. It was removed from Google Maps in 2010 because it actually does not exist. This case shows how some visual presumptions or traditions may not show the truth even now, when the world is absolutely seen and calculated. With this information I try to create an imaginable history of the island (it is more than a hundred years after all). Maps of the place, postcards from different times, a gravure are to be found here. All these things are made to look authentic in a way and some are just found.

4. A city named Agloe (NY, USA), created as a trap city (this is how you make a copyrigh in a map - by creating a fake place) in an Esso map in the 30s. Few decates later this fake city provoked a strange thing - Agloe General Store was built there. This bizarre cartographic-geographic plot opens a way for different interpretations of the real and its iconography. I rebuild the situation with a store sign, boxes of soap, an old food wrapper and a 50s-looking photograph of myself carrying one of the boxes.

 

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