World Travel Warnings, 1999/2006

Series of six collages
101.7 x 142.2 cm each

The State Department of the United States of America regularly releases two lists of countries U.S. citizens are advised not to travel to: the one presents so-called travel warnings, countries where there is an ongoing threat to Americans; and the other "public announcements," countries where Americans may presently be in danger because of recent events. In 1999, I dissected a map into several terrae incognitae according to these lists. The resulting maps represent the world as seen through the official eyes of the State Department.

I repeated the piece in August 2006, with slightly different results. The work may be repeated over time, lending a changing, imperfect, psychogeographic portrait of current geopolitics.