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Oh, paint me a picture (of global north-south inequality)

March 14, 2010

I’ve always been interested the way art interacts and informs development and vice-versa. Something that should probably happen more often.

Where's Costa Rica gone?

One case in point is the work of Uruguayan modernist Joaquín Torres-García. He created a simple but effective sketch “Upside-down Map” (1943) that could say more about the ‘developing world’ than 100’s of policy reports.

Torres-Garcia was interested in presenting to the world a modern “school of the south,” a place of experimentation that could rival what was happening in Paris or New York. For more info see here.

The development industry (or should that be community? I never know) is always talking about voice – about allowing those from the developing coutnries of this world to get heard and to portray their stories. Surely art is a evocative and expressive way of achieving this goal?

Any thoughts?

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  1. Guo permalink
    March 17, 2010 5:02 pm

    Good one! Reminds me of the Kiwi Upside Down World Map

    http://www.shopenzed.com/kiwi-upside-down-world-map-xidp115184.html

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