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And everyone,
somewhere, is someone

topographic maps of identity

And everyone, somewhere, is someone is my exploration of memory, self, and cultural landscapes. In particular, I am interested in visually communicating non-representational geographies and memory-identity. This book is my personal expression of these explorations — all imageries are personal and my own. Bits and pieces of Owain Jones’ Geography, Memory and Non-Representational Geographies, from Geography Compass have been included. It is a beautifully written article that approaches these concepts in more eloquence than I can ever hope to express in words.


Background
My curiosity began when I came across Andrew Solomon’s speech on the TED stage: Love, No Matter What. He makes the differentiation between vertical and horizontal identities. Vertical identities are attributes that are directly inherited, usually from a familial framework, while horizontal identities are commonly acquired from the environment or peer groups. Personally, I am a second generation immigrant and a child of the digital age. Both aspects cause a loss of vertical identity, leading me on this exploration of landscape and identity.

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There are ecologies of memory that exist between the public and the private, between larger histories and those of families and individuals, between memory functions, material, texts, images and senses. — Owain Jones
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Narratives
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Diaspora and migrant themes are not unique, but common elements enable us to emphasize and see commonality between one another. They allow for connection in unlikely places. Each story is a combination of many elements, granting us both connection and individualism.

This is a conversation between you and the land you come from, between the stories you inherit and the realities you experience, and all the spaces in between.
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Non-Representational Information

From the beginning, this project aims to convey an interlinking of shared experiences through individual stories. It is also a visual experimentation to contrast representational information — such as geography, topography, and maps — with qualitative ones of human narratives, cultural values, emotional truths, and identities.


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© Tiffany Tsai 2016