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"A map they could all understand " (The Hunting of the Snark Lewis Carroll)

Exhibition view 3_A Map They Could All Understand_2017

"A map they could all understand " (The Hunting of the Snark Lewis Carroll)

A proposal curated by Christophe Daviet-Thery

19 April 2017 – 27 May 2017 19.04.2017 – 27.05.2017

Rue de la Concorde 33

Fiona Banner

Robert Barry

Daniel Gustav Cramer

Max Ernst

herman de vries

In 1876, Lewis Caroll wrote The Hunting of the Snark, which Henry Holiday (1839- 1927) illustrated with nine engravings including a map. One should observe it closely, as there is nothing to see. However (…) “ this was a map they could all understand (…) «a perfect and absolute blank.”

 

In 1950, Max Ernst takes over the illustrations. The map is still present, displayed,  spreading its glaring blank.

If there is nothing to see, there is something to read: the Ocean. Naming to represent.

 

Two maps as a starting point, to question the notion of representation, of its form et to reveal its diversity.

 

And furthermore, questioning the relationship between images and language.

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