Gomez challenges standard perceptions and structures of how the world is understood through a simple cartographic reorientation. He invites the viewer to question the institutional status quo of the geographical representation of the world by flipping the known upside down. In Caribbean Sea, Gomez positions a map of the region with south at the top of the canvas and north at the bottom. His work reveals and subverts the arbitrary nature of north-on-top cartography and the Eurocentric perspective that underlies this standardization. In addition, Caribbean Sea highlights the multiplicity and proximity of the closest neighbors to the south of the United States.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist
"The ROCI Road to Peace: Experiments in the Unfamiliar"
Venue: Academy Art Museum, Easton (2015-2016)