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Mapping South: Journeys in South-South Cultural Relations

With an international editorial collective led by the Ruskin’s Director of Graduate Studies Dr Anthony Gardner, Mapping South explores the South as a complex platform for regional identity and cultural provocation through essays, interviews and artworks by contributors from Australia and around the world.

Commissioned by international arts organisation The South Project, Mapping South: Journeys in South-South Cultural Relations is a publication celebrating 10 years of cultural exchange and dialogue between arts practitioners from countries of the southern hemisphere.

The commissioned works in the publication and accompanying online material reflect the diversity of cultural production across the South, emphasising new ways of understanding global cultural diversity. Mapping South interweaves visual and textual reflections on the regions of the South by artists, theorists, curators, designers and other cultural facilitators to explore the question: What is the South? Is it a place, a voice or a perspective? A specific site or a mobile culture?

At once a reflection on the histories of The South Project’s exchanges of cultural histories, knowledge and creativity across the region, and a launching pad for new initiatives, Mapping South is an ambitious exploration of what it means to think from, through and ultimately about the South.

Anthony Gardner is a University Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory and Fellow of the Queen’s College, working at the intersection of political theory and art and exhibition histories since the early 1950s. He is also the Director of Graduate Studies at the Ruskin.

The South Project
Since its launch in 2004, the South Project has dedicated itself to bringing the distinct voices of the southern hemisphere together through south-south dialogue and trans-cultural exchange. Alongside long-term residencies and mentorship programs, the South Project has hosted annual gatherings in locations across the south – in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, South Africa, Chile and Indonesia – building dynamic spaces in which artists, curators, writers and other cultural producers can meet across national, social and disciplinary borders. southproject.net

For more details, to download the Mapping South publication (PDF) or browse online-only content visit http://mappingsouth.net/