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The Map is not the territory in Los Angeles

Dear all,

Please join us to “The Map is not the Territory”, a nomadic group exhibition curated by Jennifer Heath and Dagmar Painter now passing through L.A.

Many artists, including my self, are participating to this poignant investigation of the experience and concept of territory. For more info please see details below. Do pop by if you can and spread the word to the world.

Thank you




Parallel Paths: Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish

May 8, 2014 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Free to the public, contributions welcome
Inside/Outside Gallery
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking

“The map is not the territory,” a phrase coined by Alfred Korzybski, is the lesser-known counterpart to Magritte’s charming “This is not a pipe.” Unlike “This is not a pipe”–an image that has been rendered safe by multiple reproductions and parodies, by now of little relevance unless you are an Art History major–the phrase “the map is not the territory” is charged with political and cultural meaning of the most subversive sort. This meaning inspires the upcoming exhibit at the Inside/Outside Gallery, conceived by by Jennifer Heath and co-curated by Heath and Dagmar Painter.


One land, divided by walls and nomenclature like “annexed,” “territory,” “Manifest Destiny,” until it is in bloody fragments. One people, divided by one thing, and then another, until they can barely recognize their own kin. Like blown dandelion seeds, people venturing out from their homeland, only to find themselves always looking backwards, and wondering how to retrace their steps. Such are the images and anxieties at the heart of The Map is Not the Territory: Parallel Paths: Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish.


In 66 works by 39 artists, The Map Is Not the Territory looks at relationships and commonalities in Palestinian, Native American, and Irish experiences of invasion, occupation, and colonization–not as novelty or polemic, but as history and current events. Although many peoples worldwide have suffered long and often brutal intrusions, Palestinians, Native Americans and the Irish have intersected for centuries in specific and often unusual ways. What are some of these intersections and how do contemporary artists examine and process them through their own lives and visions? The Map Is Not the Territory opened in 2013 at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds in Washington, D.C.–the first stop for this five-year traveling art exhibition, 2013-2018. See a Washington Post review of the show.


These artists explore the profound specific and unusual intersections between the three cultures with original paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, artist books, and films. They consider such topics as conflict, resistance, land, food, diaspora, identity, and persistence. The show is comprised of sixty-four unframed works on paper (and two media pieces). Most of the artists are Palestinian, Native American, and Irish and include leading artists with international reputations, such as Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Hani Zurob and Rita Duffy. Eight brief wall texts provide the threads to each culture’s struggles for human and civil rights.

About Claudia Borgna

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One response to “The Map is not the territory in Los Angeles

  1. Christine ⋅

    Claudia, Very interesting post. Can I find your work from this exhibition online anywhere? I wish I could’ve viewed the show!

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