MAPPING AMERICA – a new exhibition at KK Outlet unpicks the complexities of the 2012 U.S election through infographics.
To an international audience America can sometimes be viewed as a country of competing opposites; east v’s west, democrat v’s republican, Romney v’s Obama, religion v’s secular, rich v’s poor, Chris Brown v’s Drake but things are never that simple.
America is a vastly complex country and the up coming 2012 U.S. election is far more nuanced than the seemingly simple Republican / Democrat designations of its two candidates. Who’s actually voting in the election? What are their concerns and how do issues such as race, the economy, employment, education and religion affect how they vote?
MAPPING AMERICA attempts to visually represent the complexity of the election and the electorate through a collection of specially commissioned infographics from renowned institutions like MIT, Harvard, and the New York Times as well as American and European creative studios. The result is a a collection of maps and visuals that explore how issues from race and religion to unemployment and gun ownership influence voting.
MAPPING AMERICA asks, “Can we understand the election — be challenged to form our own opinions — with just raw data, free from subjective prose? Is it really that simple?”