Maps of the Imagination
Yanko Tihov’s passport map of contemporary Europe was a bestseller in the Junor Gallery’s opening exhibition and is available again throughout StAnza, connecting with their Borderlines theme for 2018.
Maps of the Imagination displays Yanko Tihov’s limited edition, hand-finished prints, in which the artist has filled the borders of each nation with their respective passport covers. Yanko has hand-painted the texts, seals and coats of arms on the covers with 24 carat gold, capturing the individual details of each passport while also reflecting light.
The passport series serves as a reminder of the laws and jurisdictions which bind individuals. The pieces beautifully capture the borders of today’s world, while also “humanising” the globe. Often, while looking at a plain geographic map, we tend only to register landmasses and water bodies. We can easily miss the fact that each and every state, no matter how foreign and distant, has individuals just like us – with a home and perhaps a desire – or need – to travel across borders. Yanko’s inventive maps highlight these concrete identities and personalities.
Featured in association with the Junor Gallery