• MAR 10 to MAY 20
    Group Exhibition
    Exposición

    Category

    • Group Exhibition
    • Modern Art
    • Emerging Artists
    • Contemporary
    • Photography

    Dates and Opening hours

    MAR 10 to MAY 20, 2017

    Event Location

    camara oscura galería de arte

    C/ Alameda, 16, 1 B
    Madrid
    Spain

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    Artists

    Information

    In the novel “The map and the territory” by Michel Houllebecq, the main character Jed Martin -artist in the making- comes up with the idea that would mark his life: transform a Michelin map in a work of art. A revelation similar to what a crowd of photographers had from the seventies of the last century who -just like by Jean Baudrillard– were influenced by the ideas of other sociologists like Marc Augé or Roland Barthes, read “non-places”, “ruins”, “frontier and periphery”, photography as “memory”, etc. However, the concept of map and territory does not belong to Baudrillard but to an unknown and unpronounceable Polish scientific and philosopher called Alfred Korzybski. Even so, this just recognition of someone else’s authorship, does not deprive Baudrillard of having so skilfully developed these ideas, well reabsorbed and merged in his model of “hyperreality” and “simulacrum”. It is here where he denounces that “the territory no longer precedes the map, nor does it survive it [..] it is nevertheless the map that precedes the territory -precession of simulacra- that engenders the territory” and consequently the territory does not exist anymore in our post-modern society, only the map. The authentic has been meekly replaced by the copy, and nobody is aware of that. Something like living in a sort of “Matrix”, an illusory world in which seldom we can aspire to have a déjá vu at best, which presents us with a slight shadow of a doubt on our existence.

    The artists selected for this project are creators of maps, they are cartographers. Elina Brotherus (Helsinki, Finland, 1972) presents women as main characters of the landscape, an empowered and renovated presence. On the other hand, Alberto Franco Díaz (Cádiz, Spain, 1977) questions the relation between geologic and social processes by means of a topographic approach. Nanna Hänninen (Rovaniemi, Finland, 1973) builds “new landscapes” from the abstraction of reality. Yet, Ellen Kooi (Leeuwarden, Holland, 1962) articulates the relation between inhabitants and their territory. Johann Ryno de Wet (Johannesburg, South Africa, 1982) dreams of a post-apocaliptic planet with bleak traces of hope. Last but not least, the work by Irene Sánchez Moreno (Granada, Spain, 1983) gravitates towards virtual landscapes of a vast and unattainable infinity, right in the boundaries of the world.

    Curated by Juan Curto

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