Mapping the City is a contemporary cartographic body of works by established and emerging artists from the street and graffiti art scenes, and will be the first exhibition at Somerset House's recently opened New Wing.
To complement the exhibition – which takes place 22 January-15 February 2015 – Somerset House and A(by)P are planning a diverse series of events, including film and music evenings, artist talks, performances and interactive workshops, all to inspire visitors to re-evaluate their own relationship to the cities in which they live.
The former home of the Inland Revenue, Somerset House's New Wing has been closed to the public for 150 years, and this first exhibition will feature works by over 50 internationally recognised artists such as Shepard Fairey, Swoon and Aryz, alongside rising stars from Australia to Argentina, Sweden to Spain and France to Finland.
Graffiti and street artists have an intimate relationship with the cities that they use as a canvas. They understand and engage with the urban landscape in unique ways – through subjective surveying rather than objective ordinance. Mapping the City will present a series of cartographic representations of the artists' chosen cities. Ranging from literal to highly abstract, each map will be an individual response to the way these artists experience and interpret the places that they know so well.
The artists selected by A(by)P to take part in the exhibition use a wide variety of media in their practice, from digital technology to illustration, paintings and sculpture, and video presentations and performances. Not to be missed.