Alighiero e Boetti Book Launch
Italian Cultural Institute in London
39 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8NX
To celebrate the launch of the latest title in Afterall’s One Work series, Alighiero e Boetti: Mappaby Luca Cerizza, we are pleased to invite you to a special event at the Italian Cultural Institute in London, with a conversation between Luca Cerizza and Annemarie Sauzeau, Director of Archivio Boetti.
In 1971 Alighiero e Boetti commissioned Afghan embroiderers to create a map of the world, with each country bearing the colours and pattern of its flag. The commission grew into a large-scale series of maps produced over a period of twenty years in Kabul, Afghanistan and Peshawar, Pakistan. Each map tracked geopolitical changes throughout the world: the break-up of the Soviet Union, the unification of Germany, disputes over territories in the Middle East and regime changes in the Eurasian peninsula. In this new study of the work, Italian curator Luca Cerizza looks at it in relation to world events and the history of map-making, as well as to the contemporary art movements of Minimalism, Conceptualism and Arte Povera.