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Cartographic Imaginaries: Interpreting Literary Atlas
Published 11/12/2019   |   Last Updated 11/12/2019
An exhibition sponsored by Bethan Sayed AM
Senedd & Pierhead
8 January – 20 February
‘Cartographic Imaginaries’ presents a collection of commissioned artwork in response to twelve English language novels set in Wales. These form part of the wider Literary Atlas of Wales project, which investigates how books and maps help us understand the spatial nature of the human condition. More specifically it explores how English language novels set in Wales contribute to our understanding of the real-and-imagined nature of the country, its history, and its communities.
In the commission brief, artists were invited to “play with traditional notions of cartographic mapping, and to explore the possibilities of visually communicating the relations between ‘page’ and ‘place’, as well as ‘books’ and ‘maps’.”
Through diverse approaches, each work proves that just as there is no single way to read a book or to know a place; each creates and inhabits its own unique ‘cartographic imaginary’. Yet together, the works embrace multiple voices that speak of the richness of writing, thinking, and inhabiting “real-and-imagined” Wales.
Artist and Novel
John Abell: Revenant - Tristan Hughes (2008)
Iwan Bala: Twenty Thousand Saints - Fflur Dafydd (2008)
Valerie Coffin Price: Price The Rebecca Rioter - Amy Dillwyn (1880)
Liz Lake: Shifts - Christopher Meredith (1988)
Richard Monahan: Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcom Pryce (2009)
George Sfougaras: The Hiding Place - Trezza Azzopardi (2000)
Joni Smith: Mr Vogel - Lloyd Jones (2004)
Amy Sterly: Pigeon - Alys Conran (2016)
Locus: Sheepshagger by Niall Griffiths (2002)
Rhian Thomas: Border Country by Raymond Williams (1960)
Seán Vicary: The Owl Service by Alan Garner (1967)
Cardiff University Student Project Strike for a Kingdom by Menna Gallie (1959