Land Shapes Stories: Liz Crossley – Cartographic Inspiration

Oct 19, 2018 - Mar 24, 2019

Exhibition Overview

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Liz Crossley, The land does not belong to us, (detail), 2011. Ink on map.

A special exhibition presented by the Kunstgewerbemuseum of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in cooperation with the Department of Culture and Museums at Berlin’s Bezirksamt Treptow-Köpenick.

The exhibition centres on graphic works by Liz Crossley, a South African artist who lives in Köpenick, Berlin. In relation to both their ideas and their forms, the images are strongly inspired by topographic maps. To Crossley, the abstract representations on maps appear as “secret symbols of the country, divisions of the earth with their fine curves, blobs, streams and straight lines when people draw borders. Every map is like a trigger, a first map that gives rise to a second.” For Crossley, maps are not just topographic freeze-frames but also tokens of her own feelings and thoughts, “triggered by lines others have drawn.”

(© Liz Crossley / Photo: Lisa Vanovitch.)

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