Imagined territories and experienced cartographies Great travellers (1)
There is no need to be geographically literal to evoke the idea of travelling, as we can see in the work of Nigel Henderson and Guillermo Kuitca. These are artists who, by visually exploring the notion of physical and territorial space, end up configuring new, imagined geographies. Henderson, who had served as a pilot during the Second World War, constructs an invented map of deltas and archipelagos from aerial photographs pictorially intervened, while Kuitca, whose Russian-Jewish grandparents emigrated to Argentina, recovers Europe’s recent past by reproducing the streets and squares of cities such as Odessa, Prague or Zurich. Thus, while Henderson’s cartography appeals to the contemporary experience of observing the Earth from the air, Kuitca’s streets and squares speak of past exiles and painful moments in the history of families and communities. Both these artists stand at the crossroads between geography and life, memory and territory.