It is obvious from the map

It is obvious from the map

Courtesy of the artist and Grupa 484 Djordje Balmazovic (Škart collective) in collaboration with asylum seekers in Banja Kovilja?a camp in Serbia, NN, Damascus, Syria (2015)


Past Event

Location Info:

REDCAT: Roy & Edna Disney/CalArts Theater
631 W. Second St.
Los Angeles, CA  90012
One refugee had no trouble getting from Damascus to Turkey according to a hand-drawn map hanging in REDCAT’s current exhibition, “It is obvious from the map.” But police caused big problems on the trip from Turkey to Greece, and then different police forces beat the travelers as they tried to get from Macedonia to Serbia. The design collective Škart made these maps with refugees who are currently living in a refugee camp in Banja Kovilja?a, Serbia. Simple and immediately legible despite halting English, they tell dramatic, sometimes violent stories in short hand. Co-curated by Thomas Keenan and Sohrab Mohebbi, the show uses maps to explore and trace recent and ongoing migration between the Middle East, Africa and Europe. It’s dense and requires attention — not all the maps on view are as straightforward the Škart collective’s — but worth the investment.


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