Creative Compass, Group Exhibition, 2010
London UK, The Royal Geographic Society (RGS) Pavilion Galler, Exhibition Road, London, UK
A two woman exhibition with Agnes Poitevin-Navarre. The exhibition was the result of a commission and residency where work was made in response to the RGS building, history and their extensive archive. Developed in partnership with the RGS & INIVA
Susan's work here explores the political produce of maps and how they have been used to direct the politics of trade, exploration and empire. She transforms materials and ideas into visceral art works that question our views of history, geo-politics and feminism. 'The Empire Builders', made from 2 old cotton sails with the heads of the Empire Builders, Scott, Raffles, Cook, Pitt, Livingstone and others screen printed onto them refer to the men who shaped the British Empires geography, history and trade. The images were taken from a poster with the same name produced by the 'Empire Marketing Board' (1927), a questionable government organisation set up to promote empire goods between the wars (see image). Other works in the exhibition include 'Money Dress', Colonial Dress', 'The Empire Builders' and a series of Money Maps, - 'China Gold', 'Africa' 'America: An Imperial State' & 'Afghanistan: A Sorry State'.