Bianca Baldi’s project begins with a particular design object, The Louis Vuitton Explorator
. Commissioned by Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza for his expedition to Congo, the highly stylised form of this explorer’s day bed is capable of containing and unfolding not only physically but also conceptually, the trappings and projections accompanying the aesthetic of colonial ambition at Zero Latitude. Along de Brazza’s route down the Congo river, to the place that would eventually bear his name, Baldi unpacks a series of related ‘finds’, conscious of their symbolic capital, as well as the power of elegant decontextualisation and erasure. The wild mythologising of place and time, lived experience and its subsequent narration, are presented in an installation which simultaneously transfixes and contests the fashioning of representation.
Bianca Baldi's project Zero Latitude
(2014) was commissioned and co-produced by the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art with support from the Goethe-Institut.
The Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg presents Zero Latitude as part of the Joburg Photo Umbrella festival.