Experiencing cartography through drawing
Cartography ambitions to capture immensity. It transforms a reality, normally unintelligible on a human scale, into a graspable one. In his natural relation to the territory, man is an interconnected component, he evolves locally. In contrast, mapping aims to objectify a particular spatial reality. Objectivity is an aim but not a neutral one for the cartographer’s work is often biased by economic or political interests. The fact that the topographer apprehends space from ”above” already betrays some kind of ascendancy, particularly in the light of occidental colonial past.
This series is an attempt to experience the abstract partitioning of space through drawing: dividing a territory, by a few strokes, without much effort or real impact on oneself. In doing so, one looks at local spatiality from the outside, with no direct insight into organic solidarities, variable temporalities, or invisible equilibria.