Felipe Castelblanco “Norte Sur / South is North”
Two bodies attracting each other mutually, describe similar figures about their common center of gravity, and about each other mutually – Newton, Laws of gravity.
Norte Sur / South is North, is a reinterpretation of popular cartography and dominant geographies. It is a traveling object, a contemporary World Atlas, and a book of maps made in collaboration with participants from around the world. This body of works seeks to motivate a re-interpretation of conventional visions of planetary landscapes (distant abstractions from a birds-eye view point), by challenging the idea of verticality as a geopolitical paradigm. It also brings into question the traditional representation of world maps, while re-thinking the division or duality between ‘North’ and ‘South’, as unstable and inaccurate conceptual categories of ‘the global’.
The first version of the project includes 10 videos recorded in different countries, as well as one sculpture and a video projection. The locations of the videos include: the US, Colombia, Brazil, Iceland, The Netherlands, Namibia, Russia, Yemen, W Australia and South Korea. The exhibition took place in an empty commercial space in Pittsburgh PA, on March of 2011.This is the first piece of an on-going body of work. It is a collection of videos that show two places located within the same geographical longitude, but one in the Southern and the other in the Northern hemisphere. Both places are seen through a glass lens that alters the orientation of the horizon line in the final images.
In 2015 Felipe Castelblanco completed a photographic book, featuring over 30 cities from around the world both in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. This book has been divided by half, with each part touring the world and moving in the opposite direction than its counterpart.