In their most formal way, maps can be described as being “a visual representation of an area; a symbolic depiction highlighting relationships between elements of that space, such as objects, regions and themes.” Most of us see, and use, maps simply as practical guides for either getting from one place to another or viewing the geographic location of a point on earth. Others, though, use maps as allegory and metaphor, sometimes as ideological symbols, often as not so subtle tools of persuasion, using fear, invincibility and righteousness to influence beliefs and values. Still others use maps to portray a warmer, more comforting interpretation of stories.
Whether a stylized depiction of reality or fanciful concept of an imaginary time or place, the maps in this exhibit all have a point to make, a story to tell. Whether expressing a political, literary or moral point of view, all the artists have used their inventiveness and “imagination” to tell that story.
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-686-5397
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