Exhibition from March 9 - May 5
Sunday April 28, 4 PM - Popositions Brussels
talks and book launch Diagrams of Power and reprint Atlas of Agendas by Bureau d'Etudes featuring various guests including Patricio Dávila and Bureau d'Etudes
Diagrams of Power is an exhibition and publication that showcases critical artworks and projects that use data, diagrams, maps, and visualizations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalized communities. Artists and designers featured in this exhibition critique conventionalized and established truths that obscure important histories or perpetuate oppressive regimes. They also contribute to positive social change by engaging communities and providing alternative strategies for storytelling, communication, and organizing.
Curated and edited by Patricio Dávila. Words and works by Joshua Akers, Burak Arikan, Josh Begley, Joseph Beuys, Alexis Bhagat, Vincent Brown, Bureau d’Études, Teddy Cruz, Department of Unusual Certainties, Peter Hall, Alex Hill, W.E.B. DuBois, Patricio Dávila, Catherine D’Ignazio, Forensic Architecture, Fonna Forman, Terra Graziani, Iconoclasistas, Lucas LaRochelle, Eliana MacDonald, Julie Mehretu, Lize Mogel, Ogimaa Mikana, Margaret Pearce, Laura Poitras, Philippe Rekacewicz, Sheila Sampath, and Visualizing Impact.
The works selected by curator Patricio Dávila, are fascinating and powerful due to their hybrid nature between visual arts, design, visualization and cartography where they assemble observation, open data, first person accounts, image and archive into visual and physical form. The exhibition is an ambitious survey of current and past work that incorporates mapping and visualization in service of community organizing, radical education, resistance, and advocacy. In social practice diagrams are often used as familiar and accessible ways to engage a broad public. They provide new ways of seeing information that connects local and global concerns. In this exhibition conventional ideas of maps as authoritative representations of a territory are also called into question. Historical and contemporary uses of data and visualization in colonialization, surveillance, and management are problematized by artists through critical interventions that use performance, embodiment, and counter-narratives.