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Cart·og·ra·phy: the unfolding of mobile narratives

02 Jun-24 Jul 2010

Artist Dia Batal in collaboration with St. Hilda's Community Centre responds to Whose Map is it?

Education Space 2 June – 24 July 2010
Thursdays 12-9pm, Fridays & Saturdays 12-6pm

Artist Dia Batal’s commission Cart-og-ra-phy: the unfolding of mobile narratives explores the lives of a group of women living in East London around Boundary Estate. A mobile cart becomes a repository for the experiences of those often unable to cross social boundaries.

The collaboration with St Hilda’s Community Centre follows the journeys of women living a five-minute walk from Rivington Place and in one of Europe’s most creative neighbourhoods. The object of the cart hosts the stories, photographs and memories of the women who have come to London from around the world, giving them an often neglected voice.

Batal has developed a process of exchange, sharing and intimate storytelling to form the mobile archive, which will be pushed around Shoreditch. She also collects stories from transient workers and tourists to the areas.

This project has been inspired by the work Batal has undertaken in refugee camps in Lebanon where borders and boundaries are faced in everyday life.

Dia Batal was born in Lebanon and lives and works in London.

Ideas and work from the artist’s project will be on display in the Education Space Thursdays 12-9pm, Fridays & Saturdays 12-6pm from 2 June – 24 July 2010. Organised to complement the Whose Map is it? exhibition.

Cart-og-ra-phy is part of Discovering Places, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad campaign to inspire communities across the UK to discover their local environment – with all its hidden places, extraordinary spaces and the stories they have to tell.

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