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The Anthropocene: Political Geographies

In conjunction with work about the environmental impacts of the Anthropocene, artists’ publications also address the consequences of political geographies on the physical world. Starting from the premise that many problems are exacerbated by the division of the world by artificial or historical boundaries, the artists featured here create alternative maps in their efforts to imagine solutions.  

Political / Hydrological

Lauren Rosenthal
Political/ Hydrological
[North Carolina]: Lauren Rosenthal, c2006

Working with librarian Amanda Henley, Rosenthal used GIS mapping technology to create Political / Hydrological while completing her MFA in Studio Art at Carolina. The atlas presents maps of the fifty states redrawn according to their watersheds. “In this river-centered vision, watershed divides act as State boundaries, allowing citizens to locate themselves within the river networks upon which they depend instead of the arbitrarily designed political districts in which we currently envision ourselves." (Quotation from the Introduction of the book.)

Purchased using funds from the T. Henry and Penelope Clarke Library Fund in honor of Margaret Bland Clarke.

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Ed. Lize Mogel, et al.
An Atlas of Radical Cartography
Los Angeles: Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Press, c2007

Produced to accompany a traveling exhibition, An Atlas of Radical Cartography collects work by ten artists challenging the idea of maps as neutral, objective artifacts. “The maps and essays in this book provoke new understandings of networks and representations of power and its effects on people and places. These new perceptions of the world are the prerequisites of social change.” (Quotation from the publisher’s website.)

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Shahana Rajani, et al.
Exhausted Geographies
[Karachi?]: Publisher not identified. [2015]

Exhausted Geographies is an artists’ publishing group in Karachi, Pakistan, re-envisioning how cities of the global south are represented. “The project emerges from our desire to engage with the city beyond the ubiquitous tropes… of violence and incoherence it has been subject to. Each volume attempts to rethink current representations of Karachi while exploring a range of topics to provide new insights into the social, spatial, and discursive fabric of the city.” (Quotation from the publisher’s website.)

Purchased using funds from the Boone Domestic Architecture Endowment.

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