Global flows in Ruth Watson's Geophagy

The late geographer Doreen Massey once wrote that “the world is specific and structured by inequalities. It matters who moves and how you move.” New Zealand artist Ruth Watson has spent her 34-year career unravelling the disparities in agency that Massey alludes to. Preoccupied for the most part in an examination of cartography, its history and politics, her practice has more recently led her to explore the mapping of our environmental crisis and the systems of power that govern international flows of people. Her elaborate installation Geophagy (2017), the focus of a forthcoming publication, furthers this thread of enquiry as arguably her most ambitious and complex to date and provides a nuanced glimpse into the enormity of our current global situation.

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