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Ground Level: Hayward Touring Curatorial Open II

29 Jun 2010 – 21 Aug 2010

John Hansard Gallery

Southampton, United Kingdom

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Traditionally the role of the cartographer has been to provide a geographically precise description of the landscape. However, rarely has it been a wholly objective enterprise as the marking of national borders and other legislative boundaries have been imposed, overlaid and defined from these aerial points of view and with imperial powers at their centre. While technology has granted increasingly democratic access to the precision of satellite images, the cartographer's work has moved further from the ground into negotiated territories of ownership, rights to land, and the flows of people. This exhibition brings together international artists who perform their own personal forms of cartography in their practice. The resulting works suggest maps and surveys, but rather than portraying a singular worldview they put forward idiosyncratic readings of place, drawing from the shared landscapes of language, peoples and signs as well as geography. The exhibition is curated by Kit Hammonds, winner of the 2010 Curatorial Open. Artists include: Mark Bradford, Maria Thereza Alves, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Richard Basbaum, Heath Bunting and Kayle Brandon, Christian Philipp Mueller and Simon Evans.

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