Aleksandra Mir

The World from Above

LONDON—Aleksandra Mir's flipchart topography maps patches of the planet as if she had been suspended above from above the earth at different heights. In a series of beautifully drawn, marker—pen images that describe places as diverse as the Tower of London and the Gaza Strip, she has reclaimed the modern cartographic codes, keys and reference techniques. Playing Alice in Wonderland with scaled, she zooms in and out of her chosen locations, leaving visual clues to where she has been. Next to a plan of the Tower of London, a key denotes the tourist guide symbols for a synagogue and a golf course, amongst other facilities. One map reveals a rocky terrain labeled 'Prilenskoje Plato', while another show a giant fish popping out of the Sea of Japan. On the map of the Black Sea, separate shipping lanes are marked from the Russian port of Odessa; shown on a neighboring wall, a network of weather-map umbrellas denote the beach resorts of Hawaii. Where the truth ends and the fiction begins is anyone's guess...

Rebecca Geldard, Aleksandra Mir: Greengrassi South, Time Out, London, Feb/March 2004