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Omar’s Crit 29.11.10

On 29, Nov 2010 | No Comments | In Uncategorized | By admin

Omar showed a series of old maps on which he had drawn endangered animals. The maps were national geographic publications from the 1940s and 1950s depicting large landmasses such as the northern hemisphere and northern europe. It seems as though there is a dialogue between the line-drawn animals and the cartographic representation of countries but it isn’t entirely clear what they are saying  to each other. The animals representated are not yet extinct but they are likely to become so. In the 1940s and 1950s they weren’t endangered and people were unlikely to have known that they would become so. What do the old maps signify? A lump in history, a crease in the sheets of time. We are being asked to project ourselves into the future in order to imagine a past where wild animals still existed, but like the tardis with an electrical fault we have landed somewhere that is difficult to identify.