Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

The Mapmaker

Installation (2008)
Floor carpet 640×400 cm.
Wall tapestry 585×305 cm.
Video with text, 8 min.
Produced in collaboration with Ege Carpets

The map referred to in this work is the first official Danish map drawn of St. Croix, completed in 1750. It was made by order of the Danish king in an attempt to encourage Europeans to travel to the island and establish plantations. Researching this map was a starting point for the installation The Mapmaker, in which the map was transformed into a floor carpet and accompanied by a text projection and a photographic tapestry. Reflecting on the acts of mapping and naming as ways of occupying a space, the work addresses how the routes of the colonizer to some extend are continued by the routes of the tourist today.