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Political topography

Alys, The Green Line.

“Political Topography” calls to mind expressions such as “political landscape”, “political climate”, and “the lay of the land”. It suggests the way in which the language of nature is used metaphorically to characterize or analyze a current cultural or political state of affairs.

Join us for a discussion with curator and activist Nina Felshin exploring this fascinating topic.

Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic        

Francis Alÿs

As part of the evolution of site-specific practices, conceptualism and interdisciplinarity in the visual arts, a growing number of contemporary artists are exploring the history, politics and culture that is embedded in the actual landscape, both local and global. Although it takes diverse forms including installation, intervention, film, performance, photography and painting, among others, the most successful examples of work that addresses political topography fuses poetry and critique.   

Dread Scott,  Slave Rebellion Reenactment, 2019, performace still

Nina Felshin’s participation in the Visual March to Prespa in 2011, organized by Yannis Ziogas, convinced her that walking is another medium through which to approach political topography and establish a sense of place. The latter emerges from a contextual framework that includes the dominant and critical histories of the area and that of the larger whole of which it is a part, the natural environment and how it influences or is impacted by historical and contemporary events, the inhabitants and their individual and collective memories and, often overlooked, the individual baggage to which each of us is attached. In other words, one’s perception is, to some extent, determined by one’s own contextual framework. 

Of particular interest to Nina is the landscape of Occupied Palestine and how that landscape has been transformed and scarred by the occupier since 1948, destroying both the ecosystem and the lives and livelihoods of those who inhabit(ed) it. It was the Visual March to Prespa that encouraged her to view the region’s political landscape through the lens of geopolitics. Since that time she has worked on several projects that examine these issues.

Nina will address some of these ideas by briefly looking at her trajectory as a curator and activist, and by examining the works of a handful of relevant artists.

Join us!


Nina Felshin

Nina Felshin

(United States) 
Babak Fakhamzadeh

Babak Fakhamzadeh

Co-founder of walk · listen · create (Netherlands / Iran / Brazil) 
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2022-03-22 19:00
2022-03-22 19:00

Nina Felshin: A Photo Exhibition About Israel and the West Bank that Chooses Sides
The Ongoing Nakba
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Francis Alÿs: The Greenline, 2004
Francis Alÿs: The Greenline, 2004 (summary)
Eve Mosher: HighWaterLine
Dread Scott: Slave rebellion reenactment
Café recording
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Political Topography

Nina Felshin discusses her trajectory as a curator and activist, examining the works of a handful of relevant walking artists.


Francis Alÿs – The Greenline

Alÿs strolled through what he referred to as the typical city of conflict. His route somehow followed the village in Jerusalem of the ceasefire demarcation line1 separating Palestinian and Israeli communities since the end of the 1948 Israel War of Independence.

the sea swallowing new york –v 6 Job ID: 89c314c2-a37b-44fd-81fe-8eeea34f4561


During the summer of 2007, I walked, chalked and marked almost 70 miles of coastline. As I was out in the public creating the work, I had a chance to engage in conversations about climate change and its potential impacts.


America’s largest slave revolt brought back to life

Performance artist Dread Scott recreates the the largely untold story of the 1811 slave rebellion in southern Louisiana.

2 thoughts on “Political topography

  1. When will the recording be available, and where can I find more of Nina’s work, especially that relating to Palestine.

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To walk about; to walk at a relaxed pace.

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