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Maps, the rhumba....and cows

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Eddie Mair | 12:26 UK time, Wednesday, 2 June 2010

"What do you get," Nigel Wrench writes, "when you put maps and artists together?

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How about a map showing how rhumba has spread around the world?

This is a detail from Gayle Chong Kwan's 'Save the Last Dance For Me' at a show called 'Whose Map Is It?' at the Insititute of International Visual Arts in London.

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It comes complete with a dance card....

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...that looks like this inside, plus an audio component that you should hear parts of on PM tonight, to provide a map of the human body as it dances.

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From Dutch artist Esther Polak these works are about, extraordinarily, the delivery of milk in Nigeria. More here.

Are maps static, a given?

One of the exhibition's curators Teresa Cisneros says, 'We were interested in what the map means and who owns the map and whose map it is today, as opposed to several centuries ago when it was only for the privileged few'."

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