Heba Amin’s project The Earth is an Imperfect Ellipsoid comprises several parts. It is devoted to a study of historical paradigms of technology and urban development in connection with contemporary routes of human migration. In this process Amin uses cartographic research and land surveillance techniques in order to express criticism of our usual way of viewing geography as shaped by a striving for possession, as well as the associated exoticizing of the female body.
The project shows visual allegories focusing on architectural fragments and sexual hierarchies in the context of colonial history.
The first part is a land surveying project based on a book by 11th century Andalusian scholar Al Bakri, the Kitab al-Masalik wal-Mamalik (Book of Roads and Kingdoms)
which describes important trade routes in West Africa during the Islamic Empire.
Heba Y. Amin was a grantee of Outset Contemporary Art Fund, Outset Germany in 2016.
20.01. – 12.02.2017
Tue - Sun: 2 - 7pm