AboutCurators of the Whose Map is it? exhibition, Teresa Cisneros and Christine Takengny, introduce the exhibition and discuss the themes explored with exhibiting artists Gayle Chong Kwan and Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa.
Gayle Chong Kwan's installation 'Save the last dance for me' includes audio of Rumba teachers talking about what it is like to teach different groups of poeple to dance. There is also a printed map which traces the dance from its origins in West Africa to Cuba and the international ballroom.
Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa's prints lie in a series of cabinets. 6 maps pick out cultural references - words which refer to British stories of exploration, conquests and the peaks and triumphs of Britsh Bourgeois life. The artist also questions who has the power to create the map.
In Whose Map is it? nine contemporary international artists question the underlying structures and hierarchies that inform traditional mapmaking in the exhibition. They provide individual insights that inscribe new, often omitted perspectives onto the map.
Film, installation, print and audio are used to challenge the authority of the map and explore wider social and political issues. From 2 June until 24 July 2010