Traces: Whereabouts

April 24, 2018

Whereabouts is a public project presented by DHC/ART Education in conjunction with the exhibition Bharti Kher: Points de départ, points qui lient, which runs from April 20 to September 9, 2018.

Whereabouts is inspired by an ongoing series by Kher composed of Mercator maps covered and traversed with bindis. In these works, the artist questions the visual biases of dominant cartography that distort certain territories or bodies of water for the benefit of others – for example, by giving more space to Europe and North America than what they actually occupy physically.

On one of the walls of the Traces space, you will find a mosaic of maps showing different ways of depicting Montreal throughout history: each of them represents the land under varying conditions and for different purposes. We invite you to intervene on these maps using stickers of familiar cartography symbols: the arrow and the Google location marker. Create trajectories of stickers that deviate, rupture, radiate and proliferate. With this gesture, you are subverting the “You are here” sign, the illusion of being able to situate oneself clearly in a location. You are also calling into question the idea that we can follow a linear, orderly and controlled path in the city; that we can always find what we are looking for; that we can go where we want to. Instead, let us seek a collective cartography of the imaginary, of desire, of metamorphosis and of ephemerality.

Photo: Daniel Fiset