Two long standing photo collectives collaborate in a publishing and exhibition project involving the recognition of their archives. In the last years, both photography groups have researched on historical, socio-cultural and geographical aspects of their immediate surroundings: Eastern Europe (in case of SPUTNIK) and Western Europe (in case of NOPHOTO).
Other shared features are their collective sense, documental approach, long-term commitment towards each project, publishing aim, as well as collaboration with other fields: literature, audiovisual story, publishing design.
Mapping the Blind Spots is comprised of an exhibition and a publication:
The exhibition is built with already existing works. First, works from both collectives are taken apart; then, some fragments are put together as a new compilation or edition on the vertical surface of the wall. Dissociating and collecting, tearing apart one's body and restoring it with pieces from the other one's body. The proposal: generating a fragmentary, displaced writing, as a cartographic reflection of an unknown landscape where both Europes turn.
The publication is deployed as a mix category resulting from the encounter of both photo archives. By mutual agreement, heterogenic stories make up a singular polyphonic answer: a volume or publishing body for unfolding, dividing and replacing oneself with another.