Who's Map is It? New Mapping by Artists, Group Exhibition, 2010
London UK, The Institute of International Visual Art, (Iniva), Rivington Place, London, UK
Link to catalogue - http://www.iniva.org/docs/exhibition_guide_0.pdf
This exhibition showed the work of nine international artists who subvert the socio-political structures and cultural hierarchies that traditionally inform mapmaking. There is a desire for more democratic approaches to mapping, as new technologies such as GPS challenge our ideas of the map. The two-dimensional format no longer feels adequate to represent a rapidly changing society. Susan Stockwell's new site-specific commission, 'River of Blood', for the vast window of Rivington Place, is made up of an intricate network of red tributaries to form the iconic image of the Thames River map. She draws parallels between city roads and human arteries, investigating the north versus south London divide that the capital's citizens frequently highlight. The arteries refer to roads and also to the arterial forms of the body. The piece is mounted on the window, the area of the building that forms a skin between the inside and outside. Curated by Teresa Cisneros and Christine Takegney other artists artists included Oraib Toukan's, Gayle Chong Kwan's, Otobong Nkanga's and Esther Polak.