Poetry. Borrowing from the North American Jesuit Relations and the Lettres Edifiantes et Curieuses of the Jesuits in China, (DIS)ORIENT FOCUSES on the obsession of charting. Charting the lakes and rivers of lands on both sides of the Bering Strait, charting the borders of our own containers. Mapping as a means of showing greatness or inferiority. Do we map our borders based on what is reported or echoed back by others? "If the savages are to be believed.../...and we even traced out from their reports a map of the whole of the new country." An exploration of borders, based partially on the ideas of psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion, on history, but mostly of the self experienced though the other.
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