Centrespace, Dundee – Cartographers

Centrespace, Dundee – Cartographers

Valentina Bonizzi
Cartographers
24 minute film
2015
© Valentina Bonizzi

The film ‘Cartographers‘ by Valentina Bonizzi was screened at Centrespace at the Visual Research Centre, DCA, Dundee and followed by a presentation by Valentina Bonizzi entitled ‘The suburb, the rural and the artistic search for a democratic re-territorialization’ on 12 February 2016.

Cartographers‘ is a 24 minute documentary film and a series of archival aerial photographs by Valentina Bonizzi, commissioned by Cultural Documents and produced in Scotland, France and Italy.

Bonizzi’s work investigates how cartographic practices can be re-defined and democratized through photography, film-making and engagement with communities. During her presentation at Centrespace, Bonizzi will expand on and unravel a working methodology which she developed for Cartographers.

The relationship between the photographic apparatus and migration is situated at an intersection between the two-dimensional outcome of marking borders on a map, or printing an image on a flat surface, and the real-time of the events that shape the lived experience of that intersection. The rigidity of geographical borders, and their false appearance of flexibility, has been seen recently in the ‘Migration Crisis’ when Europe has proved (again) that ‘open boundaries’ is an idea and not a reality. The experience of migrants fleeing countries in the midst of conflict highlights the relationship between those who have the compulsory role of dealing with the events, and the impact of these events upon the transformation of landscape, societies and collective civic values.

Centrespace, Visual Research Centre is part of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and is located on the lower floors of Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY

The event starts at 6pm

Event info – Centrespace, Dundee

The research and production of Cartographers was

sponsored by IFSWW

and funded by

Cultural Documents and

Arts and Business Scotland New Arts Sponsorship Grant

The UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.


  • Date from: 12 February 2016
  • Date to: 12 February 2016
  • Dundee - Dundee Contemporary Arts, Centrespace at the Visual Research Centre, Dundee, Scotland
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detail: Valentina Bonizzi Cartographers 24 minute film 2015 © Valentina Bonizzi

detail: Valentina Bonizzi Cartographers 24 minute film 2015 © Valentina Bonizzi

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