ELENA DAMIANI

 

 

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Displayed as a banner, a blown-up page from an invented book titled ‘The Art of Cartography and Excessive Maps’ shows a man on a giant theodolite performing some sort of triangulation task in a desolated land. The enlarged bookplate is composed by 64 prints on the back of found maps from a 1920’s Atlas that shape a deconstructed territory on the opposite side.


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Una página, en una página. Installation view. 2012


All image, broken map and captions are references to Borges short story ‘On the Exactitude in Science’ where the Argentinian writer describes a fragmented fictional map of an Empire now scattered in the Deserts of the West.

This piece takes the viewer to a mental territory where the notions of absolute and accurate understanding that are immanent on cartographic science become useless. The map is a collection of fragments of a system, residues which do not need to be in order to emphasize the futility of understanding a territory as a real physical topography.


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Una página, en una página (Detail). Print on found maps an Kawanaka paper. 2012