"Imaginary Coordinates," published on the occasion of an exhibition originating at Chicago's Spertus Museum, juxtaposes the museum's extensive collection of antique Holy Land maps with contemporary artwork by Israeli and Palestinian women (including Ayreen Anastas, Yael Bartana, Mona Hatoum, Emily Jacir, Sigalit Landau, Enas Mutthafar, Michal Rovner and Shirley Shor) to explore issues of national identity, borders and the critical disparity between maps and lived experience. With their elaborate cartouches, fabulous sea animals and charming footsteps marking the people of Israel's wanderings in the desert, the maps clearly do not correspond with the natural landscape; they are filled with human intention. Some maps speak not of landscape, but of the desires and intentions of mapmakers and their audiences. It is toward these emotions that "Imaginary Coordinates" turns.
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Preface and Acknowledgments
Or the Negative Dialectics of Exile
Overview and Highlights
Contributors and Lenders to the Exhibition