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Enchanting artifacts of universal magnetism, the allure of maps stems from the illusions they conjure, their profound evocative power: the solitude of a remote island, access to an uncharted realm, panoramic and omniscient visions. To a prince, a map signifies an archive of possessions; to a naturalist, a calendar of forthcoming discoveries; to all, the promise of an impending journey. Maps enlighten us about the unknown and help us see what we thought we knew. They possess elements of painting, photography, and geometry, serving as navigational tools and, paradoxically, guides to getting lost.
Some maps chart non-existent places, while others reflect imperceptible phenomena. They beckon us to construct our own atlas, free from prescribed criteria. In this regard, the current exhibition, aptly titled “Mapping,” presents a diverse range of approaches and styles within contemporary art. Certain works explore the concept as a form of emotional cartography, wherein artists convey their personal experiences and moods through the manipulation of lines and shapes. Others delve into mapping as an exploration of the relationship between physical space and mental territory, utilizing painting and other artistic languages, such as objects, installations, photography, and digital art, to represent and map internal and external landscapes. They materialize false or apocryphal cartographies with new, hitherto unimagined constellations that challenge the veracity of hegemonic scientific knowledge and the images we perceive and consume.
As cartographies of the unknown, Galería Azur Madrid’s latest exhibition proposes, on one hand, to create a space—both in practice and thought—that swims against the current, allowing one to reconnect with personal desires, deactivate the inertia of thought, and dismantle canonical narratives. On the other hand, it encourages the spectator to focus more on the map and less on the territory, for it often occurs that the map, like any good magic trick, tends to vanish, erasing the visual and spatial conventions upon which it relies to whisper to the observer and, with apparent triviality, reveal, “You are here,” “This is the Earth,” “This is your country.”

Ceres González

Ceres González

Art Curator and Art Critic. GALERIA AZUR

PHYSICAL & ONLINE EXHIBITION
FEATURED ARTISTS

Tatiane Dos Santos (Spain)
Michael Winitsky (Israel)
Jürg Stamm (Switzerland)
Alfonso Antón Azabal (Spain)
Sam Ebohon (Nigeria)
Jonathan Durand (France)
Claire Pettinati (Cayman Islands)
Henrique Diogo Silva (Brazil)
Stéphane Rosier (France)
Jose Enrique Pérez (Spain)
Ana Alemany (Spain)
Heyly Ramirez (United States)
caromoonstar (United States)
Ximena Guttmann (Chile)
Huseyin Erdag (Turkey)
Vokiana (Ukraine)
Cloe (Argentina)

Artworks

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JUST MAD

JUST MAD

FROM MARCH 7 TO MARCH 10/2024

CONSEQUENCES

CONSEQUENCES

FROM FEB 29 TO MARCH 28/2024

HYBRID

HYBRID

FROM MARCH 7 TO MARCH 10/2024

ALTERED LANDSCAPES

ALTERED LANDSCAPES

FROM JAN 11 TO FEB 11/2024

THINK CONTEMPO

THINK CONTEMPO

FROM OCT 28 TO NOV 27/2023

MAPPING

MAPPING

FROM SEPT 28 TO OCT 27

DISLOCATIONS

DISLOCATIONS

FROM AUG 17 TO SEPT 16 /2023

POINT OF VIEW

POINT OF VIEW

FROM jULY 7 TO AUGUST 5/2023

NEW DIMENSIONS

NEW DIMENSIONS

FROM 25/5 TO 24/6 2023

PANTONE

PANTONE

FROM APR 20 TO MAY 19/2023