The World is Flat

21 March – 3rd May 2009

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to present the exhibition project The World is Flat.

The World is Flat is the title of a unique art project examining the potential of maps and mappings. The Danish curator Johanne Løgstrup has invited a number of Danish and international artists to comment on and elaborate the possibilities inherent in geographical maps as media. Both the map as a medium and the artists participating in the project seek to represent the world. Whereas maps are associated with accuracy, factuality and intentional objectivity, the artist’s gaze upon the world is characterised by openness and subjective interpretation.

Johanne Løgstrup has set the traditional measures and folding functions of the map as a general template for the artworks included in the exhibition. In completely different and very playful and experimental ways the artists have made maps of places – some of them fictitious, some of them real. The maps various from Heman Chongs private landscape of knowledge shown by his personal list of literature read to Lize Mogels, who on her contribution, has zoomed in on the center of The UN’s logotype, the North Pole, to take a look at the political conflicts that have lately arisen in this area. Dan Rees contribute with a map where snails draw slime routes across a world map with their almost invisible silvery trails and C. Krydz Ikwuemesi’s map is animated with features that form a contrast to the right angels and concise metrical elements that usually characterise maps.

The World is Flat has been developed and conceived as a mobile travelling exhibition. None of the artworks included in the exhibition take up more space than a traditional map; they can therefore be folded and inserted into a large envelope and sent to selected exhibition spaces around the world.

Participating artists: C. Krydz Ikwuemesi (NG), Dan Rees (UK), Heman Chong (SG), Jee Young Sim (KR/US), Kristofer Hultenberg (SE/DK). Lasse Lau (DK). Lize Mogel (US), Shahram Entekhabi (IR), Anonymous (RO) and Ursula Nistrup (DK).

Curated by Johanne Løgstrup. Partially supported by the Danish Art Council’s Committee for International Visual Arts and CCA,Lagos.

Images: Courtesy CCA,Lagos

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