Curated by Katayoun Amjadi & John Schuerman
Artists: Katayoun Amjadi, Lois Bielefeld, Xavier Tavera Castro, Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Guillermo Guardia, Wing Young Huie, Essma Imady, Yevgeniya Kaganovich, Mika Negishi-Laidlaw, Nirmal Raja, Kazua Melissa Vang, Rina Yoon
February 8–March 20, 2020
Opening Reception: February 8, 5–7 pm
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents Cartography of Desire, a group exhibition featuring 12 artists from 10 different geo-political locations. Curated by Twin Cities artists Katayoun Amjadi and John Schuerman, this show considers the perception of navigation, place, and the ways we define and record existence, boundaries and a sense of belonging. The curators explain:
“[In Cartography of Desire] the artists render visible a landscape where centers of power shift from controlled, illusory borders and the flattening effect of normative map-making, to a realm where the contours and profiles of place are shaped by each artist’s personal area of concern. These areas of concern range from issues of social justice, environmental activism and food to bearing witness at the border and bearing witness at home. The artists explore the threat of ambiguous objects and the tension between staying or going; they ponder the undeciphered body of text and the body as container, defined by its own written history. For these artists, the epicenter of significance could as easily be inside a refrigerator as alongside a refugee. In this world, structures of power give way to expressions of desire, the fusion of histories and dreams, where the false certainty of the map dot becomes an existential topography of wayfinding and place-making.”
“If maps structure, and at times constrain our knowledge, the work of these artists proposes alternate landscapes; the textured contours of a vibrant, and at times troubled world.”
The curators and artists will be present at the opening reception on Saturday, February 8. The reception and all related events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit gallery.stkate.edu.