Mapping the City, Somerset House, London

Mapping the City is an innovative exhibition of works by over 50 rising stars and internationally recognised artists from the street and graffiti art scenes who seek to inspire their audience to re-evaluate their own relationship to the cities in which they live. Curated in collaboration with A(by)P, the display will be complemented by a diverse programme of events including a series of film and music evenings, artists talks, performances and interactive workshops.

Street artists have an intimate relationship with the cityscape that they make their canvas; they understand and engage with it through subjective surveying, and discover secrets of their urban landscape which others might not seek out or even accidentally pass by. In addition to digital pieces, illustration, paintings, sculpture, video presentations and performances, Mapping the City will present cartographic representations of the artists’ chosen cities. Ranging from literal to highly abstract, each map will be an individual response to the way these artists experience and interpret the places that they know so well.

All the artworks presented during Mapping the City will be available for sale through A(by)P and over 40 of the works in the exhibition have been specially commissioned to challenge visitors to look at their own urban environments in a new light.

Mapping the City, 22 January – 15 February 2015, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA.

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1. Chu [Julio Pablo Manzelli] Buenos Aires (2012). Courtesy of Somerset House.