East & West Gallery

Cartography of Desire

Curated by Katayoun Amjadi and John Schuerman


February 8-March 20, 2020
Opening Reception: February 8, 5-7 p.m.

Cartography of Desire gathers the work of 12 artists from 10 different geo-political locations and renders visible a landscape where the power centers shift away from controlled borders and the flattening effect of normative map-making and into a realm whose contours and profiles are shaped by different, personal areas of concern: social justice, environmental activism, food, bearing witness at the border, or bearing witness at home; the threat of ambiguous objects or the tension of staying/going; the undeciphered body of text or the body as container written with its own history. In this world the epicenter of significance could as easily be inside a refrigerator as alongside a refugee. In this world the structures of power give way to expressions of desire, the fusion of histories and dreams, where the false certainty of the map-dot becomes an existential topography of wayfinding and place-making.

If maps structure, and at times constrain our knowledge, the work of these artists proposes alternate landscapes; the textured contours of a vibrant, and at times troubled world.

Featuring works by: Xavier Tavera Castro, Wing Young Huie, Katayoun Amjadi, Essma Imadi, Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Nirmal Raja, Lois Bielefeld, Rina Yoon, Yevgeniya Kaganovich, Kazua Melissa Vang, Guillermo Guardia, Mika Negishi-Laidlaw


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