Cartographies in Conversation is an invitation to get into conversation with land and territories by proposing an alternative way to express, visualize and navigate these; in which the main focus is to offer another understanding of them by taking the attention from the geographical characteristic of land and giving it to the lives, struggles, joys, and hopes that inhabit in them brought by sounds in place and voices of local indigenous peoples in conversations about cultural heritage and relations to land. In this sense, the project can be understood as a challenge to cartography—as practice—and map—as an object—that historically have guided our relations to land serving the interests of colonization processes.
What you see above is the digital version of a representation of the Amazonia land, one land that is many lands and none at the same time. The density of the Amazonia’s Forest is crossed by a river, and an area of agricultural activity takes place at the right of the piece . The original piece is woven in a digital jacquard loom TC2, it is 7,5 mts. long and 1 mt. high, the materials used are wool in the warp and cotton in the weft. You can see the location of the piece here.
What you hear are audio excerpts of conversations held with local indigenous people in the Amazonia. Currently the conversations held were with people in the communities of:
- Palmarito de la Frontera (Chiquitania territory, Bolivia) (January, 2022)
- Concepción (Chiquitania territory, Bolivia) (July-October, 2021).
- Asunción de Guarayos (Guarayos territory, Bolivia) (July, 2021)