Map for the Valley

This work uses Jung’s archetypes to describe a trip to Nepal in April-May 2014. The maps trace a walk from a physical existing place, to mental spaces that photography cannot reach and depict. A printed photograph and an audiovisual piece accompany the texts. The installation combines photography, sound and text with the medium of geography, to guide the viewer in the research of any personal Valley. Useful reference: “Ten Bulls”, Kuòān Shīyuǎn, 12th Century.

Map 1 |Geophysical map of Kathmandu Valley. Photograph of map from the archive of KVPT (Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust).

Map 2 |Blind map with legend and ten points. Legend has eleven questions that connect to Jung’s archetypes. Ten points show where in Katmandu Valley “the self” met the answers to these questions. The fourth question has no reference point on this map. This map is bling so that anyone can place his/her answers everywhere he/she feels like. Legend:

– Where it felt like leaving Mother?
– Where did you meet you AlterEgo?
– Where did you feel Pity of your self or of another?
– Where were you Seduced?
– Where did you want to Help somebody?
– Where did you met the Friend?
– Where did someone Mislead you?
– Where you felt Need of somebody?
– Where did you find a Gate to your inner power?
– Where do you attribute the Last Solution?

Map 3 |Map with legend and a photo. The legend answers the questions from Map 2 based on personal experiences and incidents from the trip. The photo answers the fourth question from Map 2, “Where were you Seduced?”. In this visit to Nepal, “the self” found no place of seduction. Schedules turned to chaos and the trip became a difficult stay. The image of yaks appearing through the fog on the mountains was the memory that kept “the self” going on. The place of seduction was the memory of happiness.



Μap 1. 2014