Asya Reznikov: Mapping
June 1 – August 11, 2007
In her video, Asya Reznikov writes the names of the continents in 23 minutes resulting in a drawing of the world. Reznikov’s work explores how culture and language shape our perceptions and understandings of reality.
Mapping records artist Asya Reznikov writing the names of the seven continents in 23 languages to form the world map. As a childhood political refugee, Reznikov is particularly aware of her cultural identity. Her recent work explores humankind’s relationship to language, culture, and myth through installations, kinetic sculpture, shadows, video, and audio. The imagery is inspired by the myth of the Tower of Babel, personal experience, and data about contemporary language extinction. Reznikov’s use of languages is also an examination of the experience of immigration, emigration, otherness, and perception.