(In)creased Map


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Origami sobre grabado (aguatinta y aguafuerte), chincollé con transfer de mapas antiguos en papel de arroz, sobre papel de fique. Caja acrílica y madera.


(In)creased Map

by Ana Isabel Diez


It is in human nature to move: trips, invasions, colonization, migration, exploration or anything of the sort. This has been a constant through out history among countries, cultures and continents. There is a need to go beyond. According to the moment in history in which the event takes place, or the geographical sense of the movement, its meaning changes: from enlightenment and civilization to forced migration and human trafficking; from slavery to revolution and back to slavery again; from powerful demonstrations to silent protests; from rich traditions to impoverished refugees; from north to south or east to west. There is a social transformation involved,
Migration is a crucial issue in today’s world. The unstable situation in many countries is causing people to flee, to even risk their lives, their families, their culture, their properties. They are decided to start all over again, no matter the price. Most of the time, they arrive in Colombia to start their trip towards “the American dream”. Refugees are growing in numbers every day. They overcome barriers, but borders don´t change. Cultures mix, cartographies juxtapose. A new geography is under construction.

The work:
I am interested in representing these movements with the dialogue of images through a combination of old and new maps.

The new maps are engravings (etching and aquatint), almost abstract images of unknown landscapes, printed over old maps of different geographies

On the other hand, there is origami, an ancient technique of folding paper, coming from the Far East. Here, the prominent crease is called mountain and the opposite is called valley. Jing and jang. The construction of the figure needs both. They continue to exist even after the figure is unfolded. These are the creased maps.

Origami figures are built with the maps. Then, they are unfolded and the marks remain on the paper, like the memories of the travelers that decided to carry out those voyages, through valleys and mountains, through water.