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Mapping Cartography in Contemporary Art at Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art
Elin O'Hara Slavick, Congo 1998-2005. Mixed media on Arches paper. Courtesy Elin O'Hara Slavick

CINCINNATI.- Maps have a remarkable effect on our view of the world. At the root of their power is our frequently unquestioning acceptance of cartographic messages. Though we equate maps with truth, it is crucial to be conscious of the omissions and limitations of the map making process in order to create a readable map. Thus in turn, maps and their makers have the ability to manipulate their audience with the information chosen to include.

This exhibition addresses the subjective nature of mapping, how we locate ourselves in consideration of changing boundaries and territories, and how we give visual form to boundaries, territories and land masses. Artists in this exhibition confront the politics of naming of places, cartographic attacks on ethnic sensitivity, maps as evidence in boundary disputes, extension of terrestrial boundaries into nautical masses, and maps as scientific and political voice. The war in Iraq and the Middle east, the changing scape of New Orleans, the shifting boundaries in Africa, expanding cities, suburbs, dwindling country and rezoning in our local communities-all of these issues are materials for artists in the exhibition.

Artists: Brian Alfred, Noriko Ambe, Radcliffe Bailey, Jimmy Baker, Bill Brown, Jonathan Callan, Matt Coors, Russell Crotty, Leila Daw, Qin Ga, Torben Giehler, Zach Herrmann, Marco Maggi, Stefana McClure, Tim McMichael, Aleksandra Mir, Mollie Oblinger, Elin o’Hara Slavick



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