SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Cartobiography: an experiential mapping of the world

A land of many rivers (tulle). asmaa al-issa. 2019. © asmaa al-issa.
María Gómez López

Date: 3 February 2022Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 3 February 2022Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Seminar


In this presentation, we will explore the growing presence of territorial depictions through a critical gaze and personal experience of place in contemporary art from the Arab world. In some works, the canonical map is manipulated and subverted with the purpose of evidencing its shortcomings. Other pieces reconfigure, and even transcend, the cartographic lexicon to explore alternative forms of spatial representation, seeking to articulate a more diverse and experiential narration of the world. Behind both types of projects lies a reconsideration of the definition, the relationship with and the narration of the places we traverse. This, in turn, evidences the inherent need of human beings – geographical beings – to learn and convey the territory through their experience of it.

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