embroidery on cloth
21.02.09 | 11.05.09
Serie di merli disposti a intervalli regolari lungo gli spalti di una muraglia ( Serie di merli disposti a intervalli regolari lungo gli spalti di una muraglia
1971 - 1993
1989 - 1992
Giordano Boetti collection
A camouflaged, changing, alternating geographical landscape; territories that have been lost or won at the tables of politics or international diplomacy changing hands. These are the Maps of the terrestrial globe that Boetti produces after discovering Afghanistan and its artisan tradition. He started with a drawing of a geo-political planisphere (1969) and then in 1972 started a series of works where the image is not born of his imagination but as a result of others’ actions or pre-existing facts, like the national state flags. The territory of the individual nation is replaced by a pattern created from the corresponding flags and changes according to political conditions. Another thing that changes is the continual updating of the lie of the land. The border brings us back to Italian, where we can see the signature, date, place where the work was done and any dedications or narrative elements.
The Map on display here was designed in 1989 after the fall of the Berlin wall and the reunification of Germany. During the time it took to complete the work, however, lots of other events in world history also occurred. In 1990 the new Nation State of Namibia was declared, which the artist had left blank since 1979 as if unwilling to recognise the previous South African protectorate. In 1991 the Russian Federation was constituted and took as its flag the white, blue and red horizontal stripes that Peter the Great had used. This was why the artist decided to modify the map and send it to the embroiderers in Peshawar.
I always find myself talking about the notion of double, which […] is present in all my work. The truth is that it is a natural reality: it is incontrovertible that a cell ...
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